Original Name : Briquet Griffon Vendéen
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 19¾-21½ inches
Female size : 19-21 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
Dogs of this robust breed show a great deal of initiative and stamina. They must be able to pick up a cold trail, start game and drive. These are enthusiastic hunters that need a firm hand.
Fairly light, the lines of skull and muzzle parallel; slightly arched skull, fairly short, not too broad, well defined stop.
Solid, short back, straight or rising slightly; straight, muscular, well coupled loins, chest not too broad.
Black with white spotting (white and black), black with tan markings (black and tan), black with sandy markings, fawn with white spotting (white and orange), fawn with black overlay and white spotting (tricolor), fawn with black overlay, pale fawn with black overlay and white spotting, pale fawn.
Supple, narrow, fine, covered with long hair and ending in a point.
Thick at the base, gradually tapering, set high, carried in saber fashion but never as a sickle.
Long without exaggeration, sometimes bushy and harsh to the touch, well furnished undercoat.
This receptive and very determined medium-sized griffon is rather stocky and well proportioned. It is the only breed to have kept the “Briquet” name, which means medium-sized dog. The Count of Elva began a controlled breeding program before World War I to produce a smaller, improved version of the Grand Griffon Vendéen. The population was hit badly during both World Wars, but reappeared again in 1946 and today there is a large stock. In 1995, a team of Briquets won the French cup for roe deer hunting. Wild boar are also hunted.
Briquet Griffon Vendéens are fast, fine-nosed dogs that are prepared to follow their mark into bramble bushes. They are very nimble in undulating terrain, tracking with their nose in the wind.