The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a dog that was raised and reared to accomplish tasks for his master. His history is one in which the dogs were necessary for watch dogs as well as for hunters of small game. They worked for their masters, often providing them with the information they needed at a moment's notice. The dog is a dedicated one to his task, even if that task is one that you would rather he did not pursue. Because they have such a one track mind, they can be a challenge in some homes. Yet, the Briquet Griffon Vendeen is well worth bringing into your home and he may even prove to be a helpful dog to have around.
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen originated in France and as such worked on various farms and alongside his master. He regularly would go on hunting expeditions with his master, usually after small game such as hare or fox. The dog is not a large dog, but he is a very fast, intense dog in his reactions. He is serious when it comes to his job, which made him an ideal tool to take along during these hunting trips. Unfortunately, the dog nearly died out several times and was just about completely lost during the French Revolution. Through dedicated breeders, he was brought back. Yet, during this time, many of his hunting traits diminished, due in part to the lack of his need to hunt and his master's reduced need for him to do so.
One type of work that the Briquet Griffon Vendeen is dedicated to is that of being an excellent watch dog. They are not as good at guarding, because they are not aggressive and are not likely to attack those entering their territory, unless they believe they can bring it down. Yet, if this dog is sitting in the yard and anything crosses his path or comes within ear shot, he will let you known. He is a defender of his property and more readily will alert anyone and everyone that there is something present that should not be.
In addition, they do have strong noses and they love to track. If left unattended, the Briquet Griffon Vendeen may pick up a scent of another animal or something else interesting and instinctively take off after that scent. It is highly likely that even his master will not get him to stop and come back, even if the dog is well trained. Their dedication to nothing over themselves means that they need to satisfy this interest before retreating.
This working dog is active and dedicate to the task at hand. He needs this activity to stay mentally and physically fit. Keep him happy by giving the Briquet Griffon Vendeen something to do on his own.