The Basset Griffon Vendeen, which belongs to the hound group, is active, happy and vivacious. It is extroverted and alert with a tendency to excessively bark, making them excellent watchdogs. This breed is not a couch potato and is best suited to the active and experienced dog owner. If lacks the right amount of mental and physical stimulation, the BGV may become bored and destructive.
The BGV is generally good with children. However, since it is an energetic and boisterous dog, it can accidentally knock over small children during interaction. Playtime, thus, must be supervised. With early socialisation, the GBV can get on well with other dogs. However, they do not get along well with small pets as their hunting instinct may cause them to chase or kill.
The Griffons are intelligent, independent and strong-willed. They can be hard to train as their hunting instincts may get in the way of obedience training. As a typical scenthound, Griffon breeds will quickly chase where scent is involved. It is crucial for Griffon puppies to be socialised and trained from a young age. It must be taught to recognise your role as an alpha in the “pack”, or they will start showing dominance in the household.
Despite all the predisposed temperament of a GBV, always remember that each dog is unique. Many factors can affect the way a dog may turn out. Such factors include its genetics, environment, early training, and socialisation.