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FCI-Standard N° 33
(Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen)FCI-St. N° 33 / 14.02.2001
TRANSLATION : John Miller and Raymond Triquet.
ORIGIN : France.
STANDARD : 09.01.1999.
UTILIZATION : It is the perfect assistant for the hunter with a gun
in territories of moderate size. Fastest of all the scenthound bassets,
tenacious, courageous, and a little stubborn. It must, from an early
age, be accustomed to obeying; its training implies will and
punishment, for which he will bear no grudge.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 6 Scenthounds and related
Section 1.3 Small-sized Hounds. With
working trial.
Vendéen is derived, like all bassets, from hounds of superior size, in
this case the Grand Griffon. The first selections were made at the
end of the 19th century by the Comte d’Elva who was looking for
subjects with « straight legs ». But it was Paul Dezamy who was
especially responsible for fixing the type. He understood that in
order to catch a hare, dogs of a certain size were needed. He fixed
that size at about 43 cm. Today used primarily when hunting with a
gun, it is capable of hunting all furry game, from the rabbit to wild
boar. A team of Grand Bassets won the 5th edition of the European
Cup for hare.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Slightly elongated overall, it has
straight forelegs, the structure of a basset, and must not resemble a
small Briquet. It is balanced and elegant. FCI-St. N° 33 / 14.02.2001

Behaviour : Fast, well voiced, a passionate hunter; courageous, loves
bramble and scrub.
Temperament : A little stubborn but nevertheless well behaved. It is
up to the master to take command.
Skull : Without heaviness, convex, elongated and not too wide, well
chiselled below the eyes. Occipital bone well developed.
Stop : Frontal indentation well defined.
Nose : Prominent. Nostrils well open. Black and developed, except
for white and orange coats where a brown nose is tolerated.
Muzzle : Square at its extremity, noticeably longer than the skull,
very slightly convex.
Lips : Quite pendulous, covering well the lower jaw and giving the
front of the muzzle a square profile. They are well covered with
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strongly developed, scissor bite.
Eyes : Of oval shape, large, dark, not showing white; friendly and
intelligent expression. The conjunctiva must not be apparent.
Leathers : Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair and
ending in an elongated oval, well turned inwards. Low set, below
the eye. They must be able to reach beyond the end of the nose.
NECK : Long, robust and well muscled. Strong at set-on. Without
BODY : Really that of a basset but avoiding an exaggerated length.
Back : Long, broad and really straight, never saddle-backed, and
starting to arch its junction with the loin; withers very slightly
Loin : Solid, well muscled, slightly arched.
Chest : Quite broad and well let down to elbow level. FCI-St. N° 33 / 14.02.2001

Ribs :
Rounded, never flat nor cylindrical. Thorax slightly less broad
at elbow level to facilitate the movement.
Flank : Rather full, belly never tucked up.

TAIL : Thick at the base, tapering progressively, set quite high,
carried saber fashion or slightly curved but never on the back or bent
at the tip. Rather long.
Overall view : Bone structure developed but lean. It should be
understood that bone quality is not a question of volume but of
General appearance : They must be straight with a thick forearm and
a very slightly defined but very solid carpal joint (wrist).
Shoulder : Long, clean and oblique.
Elbow: Should be neither too close to body nor loose.
Forearm : Thick, wrists (carpus) should never touch.
General appearance : Solid and well directed in the axis of the body.
Hip (Iliac crest) : Apparent.
Thigh : Strongly muscled but not too rounded, bone structure and
articulations very solid.
Hock : Wide and angulated, must never be straight. Seen from the
rear, it should not appear turned outwards or inwards.
FEET : Strong and tight with hard pads and solid nails; good
pigmentation of pads and nails is desirable.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : The dog in action must give an impression
of resistance and ease; the movement must be free and harmonious.
SKIN : Quite thick, often marbled in the tricoloured subjects. No
dewlap. FCI-St. N° 33 / 14.02.2001

HAIR : Hard, not too long and flat, never silky or woolly. The
fringes should not be too abundant; the belly and inside of the thighs
must not be bare; eyebrows well pronounced but not covering the
COLOUR : Black with white spotting (white and black). Black with
tan markings (black and tan). Black with light tan markings. Fawn
with white spotting (white and orange). Fawn with black mantle and
white spotting (tricolour). Fawn with black overlay. Pale fawn with
black overlay and white spotting. Pale fawn with black overlay.
Traditional names : hare colour, wolf colour, badger colour or wild
boar colour.
Height at withers : Males from 40 to 44 cm.
Females from 39 to 43 cm.
With a tolerance of 1cm more or less.
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Head :
• Too short.
• Flat skull.
• Short muzzle.
• Depigmentation of the nose, lips or eyelids.
• Pincer bite.
• Light eye.
• Leathers set high, short, insufficiently turned in or lacking hair.
Body :
• Too long or too short.
• Lacking harmony.
• Topline insufficiently firm. FCI-St. N° 33 / 14.02.2001

• Slanting rump.
Tail :
• Deviated stern.
Limbs :
• Insufficient bone structure.
• Angulation too straight.
• Hocks too close.
• Slack in pasterns.
Coat :
• Insufficiently dense, fine hair.
Behaviour :
• Timid subject.
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• Lack of type.
• Prognathism (overshot or undershot mouth).
• Wall eye. Eyes of different colours (Heterochromia).
• Lack of room in the sternal region; ribs narrow towards the lower
• Kinky tail.
• Crooked or half-crooked forelegs.
• Woolly coat.
• Self-coloured coat black or white.
• Important depigmentation.
• Size outside the standard.
• Noticeable invalidating fault. Anatomical malformation. FCI-St. N° 33 / 14.02.2001

7  N.B.:
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.a