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FCI-Standard N° 280
GRAND GRIFFON VENDÉEN
This illustration does not necessarily show the ideal example of the breed. FCI-St. N° 280 / 18.02.2000
TRANSLATION : John Miller and Raymond Triquet.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 09.01.1999.
UTILIZATION : Scenthound used by hunters with or without guns,
of large game, stag, roe-deer, wild boar, fox, generally in a pack or
individually as a limer (dog held on a lead and used for picking up a
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 6 Scenthounds, and related
Section 1.1 Large-sized Hounds.
With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : Initially only the Grand
Vendéen existed. It was a short-haired variety of Vendéen
descending from the « Greffier » * or from the so-called « King ’s
white hound »*. Neither should we forget mentioning the « griffon
fauve de Bretagne » in its origins because the former enters for an
important part into the bloodlines of the « Greffier ». The « Chien
Gris de St. Louis » and the « Griffon de Bresse » (descendant of
Segusian ancestors) brought as well their contribution to the creation
of the Grand Griffon.
(* Early 16th century – Translator’s note.)
GENERAL APPEARANCE : A very old breed, French in type,
receptive and determined, distinguished in its shapes and gaits. Well
proportioned construction, robust without heaviness. FCI-St. N° 280 / 18.02.2000
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT :
Behaviour : Fine nose, has a beautiful voice; assiduous on the track,
does not refuse thorny undergrowth, needs large territories.
Temperament : Docile, but wilful and passionate, needs to be kept
well in hand.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Seen from the front, rather well domed, but not too wide
between the leathers.
Stop : Slightly defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Strong, black except for white and orange coats where a
brown nose is tolerated; nostrils well open.
Lips : Pendulous flews covering well the lower jaw and giving the
front of the muzzle a square profile; they are well covered with
Eyes : Dark colour, large and bright, the eyebrows well pronounced
but not covering the eye. The conjunctiva must not be apparent.
Leathers : Typical of a French scenthound, they are supple, narrow
and fine, covered with long hair and ending in an elongated oval,
well turned inwards; low set below the level of the eye, they must be
able to reach beyond the end of the nose.
Muzzle : Of equal length to that of the skull, strong, straight or
Jaws/Teeth : Scissor bite. Incisors set square to the jaws.
NECK : Elegant, without dewlap.
Back : Solid, straight or rising very slightly.
Loin : Well muscled.
Chest : Not too wide, quite deep, reaching elbow level.
Ribs : Moderately rounded and long.
Flank : Rather dawn up but well filled. FCI-St. N° 280 / 18.02.2000
TAIL : Thick at the base, tapering progressively, set high, carried as
sabre tail, but never as a sickle; rather long.
General appearance : Powerful.
Shoulder: Long, lean and oblique.
Elbow: Close to the body.
Forearm : Strong bone construction, straight.
General appearance : Hip bones solid. Apparent.
Thigh : Long and muscled.
Hock-joint : Broad and well let down; seen from the rear, neither
cow-hocked nor bandy-legged; seen in profile angle of hock
FEET : Not too strong, pads hard, the toes well arched and tight, the
nails solid. A good pigmentation of pads and nails is desirable.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Supple, even, active.
SKIN : Not too fine, supple. Often marbled in the tricolour subjects.
HAIR : Long without exaggeration, sometimes bushy and harsh
(coarse and hard); undercoat dense; the belly and the inside of the
thighs must not be bare; eyebrows well pronounced but not covering
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). FCI-St. N° 280 / 18.02.2000
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 name : hare colour, wolf
colour, badger colour or wild boar colour.
Height at withers : Male from 62 cm to 68 cm.
Female from 60 cm to 65 cm.
With a tolerance of 1 cm 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.
• Too short.
• Flat skull.
• Muzzle short.
• Depigmentation of the nose, lips or eyelids.
• Pincer bite.
• Light eye.
• Leathers set high, short, insufficiently turned in or lacking hair.
• Lacking volume.
• Appearance too heavy.
• Topline not firm enough.
• Croup falling away.
Tail : Deviated.
• Insufficient bone. FCI-St. N° 280 / 18.02.2000
• Angulation too straight.
• Hocks too close.
• Slack in pasterns.
• Insufficiently dense, fine hair.
• Timid subject.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• Lack of type.
• Prognathism (overshot or undershot mouth).
• Wall eye. Eye of different colours (Heterochromia).
• Lack of space in the sternal region; ribs too narrow towards the
• Kinky tail.
• Woolly coat.
• Self coloured coat black or white.
• Important depigmentation.
• Size outside the standard.
• Noticeable invalidating defect.
• Anatomical malformation.
• 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.