Griffon Nivernais Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Griffon Nivernais so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFrance flagFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Griffon Nivernais have?
Chien de PaysGriffon NivernaisNivernais Griffon
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Griffon Nivernais Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Griffon Nivernais puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Griffon Nivernais?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Griffon Nivernais, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Griffon Nivernais for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Griffon Nivernais gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Griffon Nivernais? How many Griffon Nivernais are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Griffon Nivernais Size

Size
Is a Griffon Nivernais small, medium or large dog?

How big do Griffon Nivernais get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Griffon Nivernais weigh? How much should the Griffon Nivernais breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Griffon Nivernais?
44-55 pounds (20-25 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Griffon Nivernais?
49.5 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Griffon Nivernais? Griffon Nivernais height:
Male: 22-24 inches (55-62 cm), Female: 21-24 inches (54-60 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Griffon Nivernais?
Male: 23 inches (58 cm), Female: 22 inches (56.5 cm)

Griffon Nivernais Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Griffon Nivernais have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
RoughHard
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Griffon Nivernais's coat?
Grizzle GreyAgouti SableFawnWolf greyGrey blue
Grooming
How to groom the Griffon Nivernais and how often?
Average: The Griffon Nivernais requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Griffon Nivernais, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Griffon Nivernais dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chien de Pays?
Griffon Nivernaiss shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Griffon Nivernais breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Griffon Nivernais need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Griffon Nivernais every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Griffon Nivernais Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Griffon Nivernais have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertBoldHappySocial
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Griffon Nivernais? Is the Griffon Nivernais breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Griffon Nivernais's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Griffon Nivernais is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Griffon Nivernais dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Griffon Nivernaiss are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Griffon Nivernais is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Griffon Nivernais sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Griffon Nivernaiss don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Griffon Nivernais a good family dog?
Slightly Below Average: Griffon Nivernaiss may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owner's emotional level.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Chien de Pays need? Griffon Nivernais social needs:
Griffon Nivernaiss need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Griffon Nivernais dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Chien de Pays bark?
A lot: Griffon Nivernais is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Watchdog Ability
Is Griffon Nivernais good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Griffon Nivernaiss are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Griffon Nivernais dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Griffon Nivernais dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Griffon Nivernaiss strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Griffon Nivernais bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chien de Pays? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Griffon Nivernais? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Griffon Nivernais has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Griffon Nivernais has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Griffon Nivernais? How much bite force does a Griffon Nivernais have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Griffon Nivernais bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Griffon Nivernais, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Griffon Nivernais do?
Griffon Nivernaiss have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Griffon Nivernaiss need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Griffon Nivernais to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Griffon Nivernais roam?
Griffon Nivernaiss have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Griffon Nivernais have high prey drive?
Griffon Nivernaiss have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Griffon Nivernais dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Griffon Nivernais good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Griffon Nivernais indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Griffon Nivernaiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Griffon Nivernais be left alone?
Griffon Nivernaiss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Griffon Nivernais Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Griffon Nivernais temperament with other people:
Griffon Nivernaiss are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Griffon Nivernais dogs get along with other pets? Are Griffon Nivernais dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Griffon Nivernaiss usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Griffon Nivernais dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Griffon Nivernais temperament with children:
Griffon Nivernaiss are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Griffon Nivernais dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Griffon Nivernais breed live with a cat?
Griffon Nivernaiss are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Griffon Nivernais good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Griffon Nivernais dogs get along with other dogs?
Griffon Nivernaiss are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Griffon Nivernais can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Griffon Nivernais breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Griffon Nivernais breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Griffon Nivernaiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Griffon Nivernaiss good office dogs? Do Griffon Nivernaiss make good office friendly dogs? Can Griffon Nivernaiss be office dogs?
No
Griffon Nivernais is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Griffon Nivernais dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chien de Pays temperament with senior people? Are Griffon Nivernais dogs good for elderly owners?
Griffon Nivernaiss are usually recommended for elderly people.

Griffon Nivernais Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Griffon Nivernais dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Griffon Nivernaiss are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Griffon Nivernais breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Griffon Nivernais breed? Most common health risks of Griffon Nivernais:
Hip DysplasiaJoint DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Griffon Nivernais breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Griffon Nivernais see the vet?
Rare
The Griffon Nivernais should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Griffon Nivernais dogs live? How old can a Griffon Nivernais be? What is the age limit of the Griffon Nivernais? How many years can the oldest Griffon Nivernais live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Griffon Nivernais?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Griffon Nivernais: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Griffon Nivernais breed hypoallergenic?
No
Griffon Nivernaiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Griffon Nivernais have? What is the activity level of the Griffon Nivernais?
Griffon Nivernaiss have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Griffon Nivernais need? How much exercise do Griffon Nivernais dogs require per day?
Griffon Nivernaiss need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Griffon Nivernais breed need?
Griffon Nivernaiss are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Griffon Nivernais need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Griffon Nivernais breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Griffon Nivernais? How much food should I feed my Griffon Nivernais?
3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Griffon Nivernais risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Griffon Nivernais's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Griffon Nivernais's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Griffon Nivernais has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Griffon Nivernais drool?
The Griffon Nivernais is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Griffon Nivernais could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Griffon Nivernais.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Griffon Nivernais As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Griffon Nivernais be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Griffon Nivernais is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Griffon Nivernais be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Griffon Nivernais be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Griffon Nivernais is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Griffon Nivernais be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Griffon Nivernais is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Griffon Nivernais be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Griffon Nivernais is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Griffon Nivernais be a boat dog?

Not really

Griffon Nivernais breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Griffon Nivernais be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Griffon Nivernais is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Griffon Nivernais dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Griffon Nivernais Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Griffon Nivernais pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Griffon Nivernais breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Griffon Nivernais: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Griffon Nivernais have in a litter? How many puppies can the Griffon Nivernais breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Griffon Nivernais have? How many puppies can a Griffon Nivernais give birth to?
4-8 puppies

Griffon Nivernais Recognition

AKC Group
Is Griffon Nivernais recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Griffon Nivernais recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Griffon Nivernais breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Griffon Nivernais Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Griffon Nivernais's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Griffon Nivernaiss are very easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Griffon Nivernaiss are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Griffon Nivernais is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Griffon Nivernaiss are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Griffon Nivernaiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Griffon Nivernaiss are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Griffon Nivernaiss are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Griffon Nivernaiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Griffon Nivernaiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Griffon Nivernaiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Griffon Nivernaiss shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Griffon Nivernais's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Griffon Nivernaiss have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Griffon Nivernaiss have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Griffon Nivernaiss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Griffon Nivernaiss are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Griffon Nivernais is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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