Nivernais Griffon

The Nivernais Griffon is a scenthound dog known for hunting small game. Originating in France, the Nivernais Griffon is a medium-sized dog averaging 55-60 cm with a long, shaggy coat. It has different colors of grey, and the hair on the head forms a small beard. This friendly dog was originally bred for kings in France, and it still remains one of the elite breeds of France. They are well-known for their ability to hunt wild boars.

The Nivernais Griffon has long, rough, shaggy coat, and long ears and a tail. They may have tan points, but they tend to be grey-blue or dark colored. Some cross-bred dogs will have a lighter appearance of tan with flecks of black. Personality: The temperament of the Griffon Nivernais is friendly, making them an excellent pet. They enjoy attention and make excellent pets as they form a strong attachment to families. Children love the Griffon Nivernais as they love being petted and they have an affectionate personality. They get along well with other dogs, but they are notorious barkers as they are a scenthound. Since the Nivernais Griffon is considered a scenthound, it does require a firm owner to help maintain its temperament. This breed needs plenty of exercise, making them a great dog for the country.

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Life Span
12 - 14 years
Other Names
Griffon Nivernais, Chien de Pays, Nivernais Griffon

Nivernais Griffon Build Information

Size
Medium

The Nivernais Griffon has long, rough, shaggy coat, and long ears and a tail. They may have tan points, but they tend to be grey-blue or dark colored. Some cross-bred dogs will have a lighter appearance of tan with flecks of black.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level

The temperament of the Griffon Nivernais is friendly, making them an excellent pet. They enjoy attention and make excellent pets as they form a strong attachment to families. Children love the Griffon Nivernais as they love being petted and they have an affectionate personality.

They get along well with other dogs, but they are notorious barkers as they are a scenthound.

Since the Nivernais Griffon is considered a scenthound, it does require a firm owner to help maintain its temperament. This breed needs plenty of exercise, making them a great dog for the country.

Appearance

Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Moderate maintenance

This breed is known for having a lot of hair. They require constant upkeep or their hair becomes tangles, and they look untidy. Brushing the coat is important to remove excess dirt and oil from their hair.

Bathing too frequently can dry out their skin under the coat as it washes away their natural oil.

Twice a year they will need to have their coat hand stripped or clipped. Since they do have a lot of fur, they don’t do well in warmer climates.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy
  • The Griffon Nivernais existed as far back as the 1200s
  • They were the personal favorite of King Louis IX, but the breed became scattered after the French Revolution
  • In the 1900s the Griffon Nivernais was restored by the Griffon Nivernais club and the breed is starting to grow in popularity
  • Due to their sorrowful eyes, children often call this breed “Eeyore” based on the popular Disney character from Winnie the Pooh
  • Breeders can help you locate the right Nivernais Griffon for your family
  • This breed is recognized by the UKC and the FCI
  • It is important to remember they will need plenty of exercise, so it is best to have a large yard for them to run

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Common Health Conditions in Nivernais Griffons

The Griddon Nivernais doesn't have a lot of unusual health problems. With a loving home and a healthy lifestyle, the dog can live up to 12-14 years. They stand 23 inches tall, and average around 50-55 pounds.

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