Briquet Griffon Vendeen
- SIZE: 4
- GROOMING:: 9
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 9
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 9
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Briquet Griffon Vendeen
- COLOR(S):Reddish brown, light brown, white and orange, gray and white. Tri-colored.
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen sports a bushy, dense double coat in either a solid or mixed color scheme. These dogs are often black with tan markings, fawn with black markings, fawn with white markings or tricolor being all of these variations with white markings. They have low-set drop ears that are medium length and a short head with a short muzzle. Even though their body is stocky, they have lighter bones in comparison to other breeds. Briquets have a saber-like tail contrasting against the heavy mustache and eyebrows found on their face. These dogs are well constructed, hardy hunting dogs known to be independent, unruly and very hot to pursue and kill their prey. They are quite capable of rousing a variety of game on all kinds of terrain including hills, sand and even flooded areas. Typically having a one track mind, they will follow a scent tirelessly and not immediately recognize humans as their owners from birth. Briquets have their own strong instincts and will follow them. They are intense, active creatures who are vocal in personality and quite prone to tail-wagging.
Generally good with children, the Briquet Griffon Vendeen breed is sure to warm any heart with its good-natured and courageous spirit. They are active, intense, alert, decisive and enthusiastic dogs who make reasonably good watchdogs. Some have been known to be a little snappy and many are difficult to train as they are naturally single-minded and fiercely independent. Keep in mind that these dogs also have a tendency to dig.
To prevent matting, grooming with a comb and brush is needed but otherwise, minimal care is required for this breed. Even for exhibition, the Briquet’s coat never needs to be trimmed. Additionally, bathing should only occur when necessary.
Since this is a rare breed, health concerns are minimal. There have been low incidences of patella luxation and distichiasis.
Briquets need a considerable amount of exercise, so potential owners should be active and aware of this.
As a single minded and independent dog, Briquets present a challenge when it comes to training. They do not respond to any heavy handed or harsh training methods. Instead, this breed requires consistency with training that should be carried out firmly, fairly and always with patience.