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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen’s body is designed to move easily through dense ground cover, and is about 50% longer than it is tall. The skull is domed with marked occiput and stop, and is flanked by long, low set ears. Oval shaped eyes are large and dark, and convey a look of witty alertness and friendliness upon the PBGV. Other characteristic facial features include a beard, moustache and bushy eyebrows. The back is long and level with a slight arch over the loin, ending in a high set, medium length tail that is carried erect and proudly. The outer coat is long, harsh and rough, and amply covers a thick, short undercoat. Coloring is predominately white, with various combinations of orange, lemon, tricolor, sable, grizzle or black markings.

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Fast Facts

11 - 14 years
18th century
27 - 35 lb
25 - 33 lb
13- 15"
13 - 15"
Petit Baset Griffon Vendeen, Petit Basset Grifon Vendeen, or Petit Basset Griffon Vendene.
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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament

Fun and affectionate, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a natural extrovert....

This dog likes to have its nose in everything, and is apt to know all the goings on of the house in detail. The PBGV likes to play with children, adults and other dogs, but may be initially aloof or unfriendly toward other pets; socialization with small animals beginning in puppyhood will stamp this out. Owners who are new to the breed are sometimes frustrated by the PBGV’s combination of ardent affection and difficulty of training; this dog certainly demonstrates its love for you, but that does not mean it will listen to a word you say. A firm hand, positive reinforcement and plenty of patience will eventually bring this dog under your control. Until then, stubbornness may be an issue.

Caring For a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen was bred to hunt, and is not at all content to sit around the house all day....

Regular exercise is a must, preferably in the form of prolonged romps in a field with plenty of scents to follow and explore. The PBGV has been known to do okay as an apartment pet, but it is much happier when it has free access to a yard. A good brush once or twice a week will remove dead hairs and keep your PGBV from looking too unkempt. Though predominantly healthy, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen may develop canine hip dysplasia and otitis exterrna, as well as persistent papillary membrane and other corneal and retinal problems

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen History

A Brief History of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Translated to English, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen means “small, low, rough coated, from the Vendée départment of France,” and this says quite a bit about the breed....

This scenthound was bred to trail hare in the harsh brambles and rocky terrain of La Vendée; the dog’s rough coat provided protection from thorns, short legs allowed it to move beneath the underbrush, and its relative length helped to speed the dog along all manner of ground. The PBGV traces its ancestry to the 16th century, though the breed did not attain the form we recognize today until the 18th century. At various times classified as a wire coated Basset Hound or a miniature Griffon Vendéen, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen was not recognized as a distinct breed until well into the 20th century; even up until the 1970s, the small and large Griffon Vendéen were interbred extensively. The PBGV was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a member of the Hound Group in 1990. Since that time, its popularity has grown somewhat in this country, though it remains a rare sight in American homes.