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Weight: 40-50 lbs.
Energy Level: High
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span:12-15 years
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a purebred that is considered to be in good health. This breed does not have as many medical concerns as other breeds, but some conditions do exist.
It is important for you to work with a reputable breeder to ensure that the puppy you receive is in good health and is not plagued with diseases and genetic conditions that have stemmed from poor breeding.
Some of the conditions you need to be concerned about in this breed include Leishmaniasis, patellar luxation, intervertebral disc disease, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, and eye problems.
Leishmaniasis is a condition caused by the bite from a Leishmania parasite. The condition causes emaciation in your pup, which could lead to renal failure if not treated in time. Your pup may develop skin lesions, and these lesions can become infected if they are not treated properly. The bite from the parasite can also lead to Lymphadenopathy, which is diseased lymph nodes.
Patellar luxation is a knee dislocation and is common in smaller breeds of dogs, but can occur in medium to large size dogs as well. When this condition is present, you will notice that your pup is much more lethargic and does not want to play. You may see a protrusion at the knee cap, or the knee may feel off. You need to seek veterinary attention for this dislocation, as it is quite painful.
Intervertebral disc disease, known as IVDD, is a condition in your pup where the cushioning between the discs is either herniated or building. This causes severe back pain and can lead to paralysis in your pup.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that may be present in your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. When epilepsy is present, your pup will experience seizures and may have convulsions. Sometimes, the seizures are accompanied by a loss of consciousness.
Hypothyroidism can cause tons of symptoms in your pup and you may even be confused at first as to what the condition is. Hypothyroidism is usually detected with a blood test and can be confirmed by your vet. This condition often leads to obesity or poor weight gain in your pup.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem in many breeds, and your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is not free from the possibility of having it. This condition occurs when the hip socket or joint is not properly formed. In severe cases, your pup may have crippling pain from it.
Eye problems may exist in your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. It is hard to determine which ones are present unless a screening is done, so it is important that you speak to your vet if you have a concern. Eye problems can range from a simple dry eye to blindness or even PRA.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is considered to be a happy and independent pup that is extremely social and friendly. In fact, you may have trouble keeping him from getting too happy when he sees people he knows. You can expect a tail wag and a lick or two on the cheek.
This breed does not make a good watchdog because of his outgoing nature. In fact, your pup will welcome a stranger into your house without even a second thought.
You will find that your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen bonds with you and others in your family. He or she will become quite affectionate with his or her family members and will desire closeness with them.
While this breed is friendly and loving, he or she does need a strong leader to guide him or her. This breed likes to be a member of a pack, so you will find that he or she looks to you for guidance and commands.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen does well with kids and other animals, but you need to make sure to socialize him or her early on and always supervise the activities.
This breed will not do well sitting at home and does not make a good apartment pup. A yard is the best option, and an active family is an even better choice.
You will face some moderate grooming needs with the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. In fact, you should brush his or her coat once per day to help keep out tangles and remove any loose hairs that may be present.
This breed does shed moderately, so you will need to clean up after him or her often. If you do not want your pup to shed too much, an additional brush per day or a couple of extra brushes per week can help eliminate the extra shed.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen will consume anywhere between 1.5 cups to 2.5 cups of premium dry kibble per day. You should ideally split this amount into two feedings.
When it comes to the type of dog food for your new puppy, you should choose something that has a lot of vitamins and nutrients. The ingredients should be real, whole foods and not chemicals or by-products.
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Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a wonderful family pet and will do well in a home with a yard. You will find that your pup likes to go on adventures with you including hiking trips. This breed does not do well in apartments and should never be left cooped up in your home. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is social, loving, and will be the perfect addition to any family. This breed ranks a 2.
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