Griffon Nivernais

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Griffon Nivernais History

The Griffon Nivernais is a breed of domestic dog that originated in France. The Griffon Nivernais is a relative of the Petit Brabancon and the Grand Brabancon. The Griffon was a popular working and sporting gundog in 18th-century France and its coat was used to blindfold the quarry. Today, the Griffon is more popular as a family pet. The first recorded mention of the Grand Brabancon appears in a 1572 French book, Le Livre de Chasse by Michel de Montaigne. The first reference to the Petit and Grand Brabancons in the same work suggests that they are the same. The breed was also known as “le Chiot d’Isigny” (the hound of Isigny) and “la Chèvre à tête couronnée” (the crowned goat). The Griffon is a medium to large-sized scenthound, with a head similar to its cousin, the Basset Hound. The tail is docked, and the ears are naturally cropped. The coat of a Griffon is usually white with tan markings. The eye colour is brown.

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Griffon Nivernais Physical Characteristics

The Griffon Nivernais is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of hunting dog that is native to France. It can weigh between 75 and 110 pounds and stand between 21 and 23 inches in height. They are intelligent, agile, athletic dogs with medium-length fur that is either red, white, gray, or a mixture of these colors. They have long legs and heavy bone. They have webbed feet, a long tail, and a medium-length nose.

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Coat Colors

Gray, Blue, Fawn

Height Range

Male Height Range: 22 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 20 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 46 – 52 lbs

Female Weight Range: 46 – 52 lbs

Griffon Nivernais Health

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12-14 yrs

Griffon Nivernais Health Concerns

Usually Very Healthy, Ear Infections

Griffon Nivernais Temperament and Behaviour

The Griffon Nivernais is a lively, curious, and attentive breed of dog. They are very intelligent and eager to learn, which make them ideal candidates for obedience and agility training. They also get along well with people and other animals and are great around children. They are cautious and protective of their families and make great guard dogs.

Griffon Nivernais Activity Requirements

Griffon Nivernais are an ancient breed of hunting dog from France. They are intelligent, playful, and loyal to their human companions, making them a popular pet choice. While Griffon Nivernais are not very high-energy, they do require daily exercise and mental stimulation. They are best suited to a home with an active owner who will play with them regularly. A brisk walk or a game of Frisbee are great ways to keep their muscles strong and their minds sharp. Because they do require regular exercise, they are not well suited to apartment living. They are quite active and will need space to stretch out and run, which can be difficult to do in an apartment environment.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Griffon Nivernais is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Griffon Nivernais is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Griffon Nivernais is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Griffon Nivernais is part of the Unclassified group.

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