Rasstandaard GGV

SECRETARIAT GENERAL: 13, Place Albert 1er B – 6530 Thuin (Belgique)

FCI-Standard N° 280
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.
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
cold trail).
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 : 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.
Skull : Seen from the front, rather well domed, but not too wide
between the leathers.
Stop : Slightly defined.
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
slightly convex.
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.
No dewlap.
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
the eye.
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.
Head :
• 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.
Body :
• Lacking volume.
• Appearance too heavy.
• Topline not firm enough.
• Croup falling away.
Tail : Deviated.
Limbs :
• Insufficient bone. FCI-St. N° 280 / 18.02.2000

• Angulation too straight.
• Hocks too close.
• Slack in pasterns.
Hair :
• Insufficiently dense, fine hair.
Behaviour :
• Timid subject.
• 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
lower end.
• 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.