Briquet Griffon Vendeen

Description

The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a breed with an appearance of power and strength. It has a unique build that is angular and well muscled. This breed has a large head with small ears that are set high on its head. The ears are usually cropped. It has contradicting facial features. The eyes are prominent while the nose is not too long and wide. The breed’s coat is one of its distinguishing characteristics. It is either wiry and thick or smooth and straight. Its neck extends smoothly to its level back. The back is shorter than average in length. The breed stands on legs that are average in length and muscular. Its tail is usually docked.

Temperament

The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a breed that is a joy to have around. It is jovial and very playful. It gets along fine with children, although very young or small children are not recommended to interact with this breed because it can be a bit high strung and may inadvertently cause harm. It generally will coexist peacefully with other pets. This is a smart breed, but training it can be a challenge. It is independent and a bit wayward.

Height and Weight

The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is about 9-11 inches tall and weighs 8-10 pounds.

Health Problems

It is very seldom that health problems plague the Briquet Griffon Vendeen. On rare occasions some types develop distichiasis and patellar luxation. Although these conditions do not occur very often in this breed, it is a good idea to have a dog examined by a veterinarian.

Ideal Living Conditions

The lively spirit of the Briquet Griffon Vendeen is best suited for outdoor living conditions. However, the breed will do fine in a smaller environment, such as an apartment.

Exercise

The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a high-spirited breed that needs daily opportunities for physical exercise. A combination of play, mental training, and physical exercise are recommended for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The Briquet Griffon Vendeen lives an average of 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The Briquet Griffon Vendeen has an average of 4-7 puppies.

Grooming

Regular brushing is recommended for the Briquet Griffon Vendeen, regardless of its coat. Wiry coat types will require more brushing to prevent matting. This type also requires more attention to maintain a manicured appearance. A professional groomer is not necessary, but recommended to trim and strip the coat. The coat should also be washed as needed.

Origin

The Briquet Griffon Vendeen originates from Belgium.

Group

Terrier

Color

The coat of the Briquet Griffon Vendeen may be a solid color of black, liver, or light brown. A combination coat of light brown and black is also acceptable. Markings of the aforementioned colors are also acceptable.