Original Name : Griffon Nivernais
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Nivernais
Male size : 21½-24½ inches
Female size : 21-23½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
The Griffon Nivernais is an outstanding hunter. Its bravery and initiative are very practical in small packs on wild boar hunts, which it can be easily taught to track. These dogs can be a little headstrong and independent, however, so they should be brought to heel from a very early age.
Very clean, light without being small, a little long but not excessively so, parallel lines of skull and muzzle.
Straight topline, slightly prominent withers, fairly long, solid back that is rather narrow, sustained and well muscled, though the muscles are not easily discernible.
Black overlay, meaning the hair tips are darker than the roots.
Hanging, supple, rather fine, medium width, turned slightly inward at the tip, fairly hairy, half-long.
Set a little high, hairier in the middle.
Long, shaggy, bushy, fairly strong and rough, never woolly or curly.
The ancestors of the Griffon Nivernais may be the hounds used by the ancient Gauls and gray Saint-Louis dogs. It was very popular for two centuries, before being dropped from the royal hunting packs in the reign of Francis I (who commissioned the building of the Louvre). The breed fell into obscurity, but was eventually reconstructed from a small gene pool.The Griffon Nivernais has a very distinctive tousled coat with beard. A particularly friendly companion, it is a very hardy, robust breed, with clean legs and muscles built more for stamina than for speed.