Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen At a Glance

Country of Origin:

France

Breed Group:

AKC (Hound); ANKC (Hounds); CKC (Hounds); FCI (Scenthounds); KC (Hound); UKC (Scenthound)

Size:

Medium. Weight: Approx. no more than 45 lb (20.5 kg) Height: 13–15 in (33–38 cm)

Coat:

Double coat. Shaggy.

Color:

White with any combination of Lemon, Orange, Tricolor, Grizzle markings; Also Black, Sable markings

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Intelligence
Kid Friendly
Playfulness
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Although there are similarities, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and the Basset Hound are not related.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Overview

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or PBGV hails from the Vendee region of France and are one of the oldest breed varieties. There are four Vendeen breeds including the Grand, Briquette, Grand Basset and Petit Basset. The PBGV is both the smallest and lowest to the ground breed.

 

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Characteristics

The low to the ground and small body of the PBGV makes them excellent at what they do best, hunting foxes and rabbits. They are alert, lively hounds and have a driving passion for hunting. The PBGV has a similar appearance to other Vendeen hounds, but has a more elongated body.

 

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament

PBGVs are friendly, happy dogs. While they have a passion for hunting, they are also very happy being a part of the family. They are calm dogs, though still enthusiastic, and do well with all people, including children of all ages. Due to their hunting nature, they may need socialization if around other pets.

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Care

The lifespan of the PBGV is 12 to 15 years, typical for dogs of his size. Some health concerns include aseptic meningitis (not caused by bacterial infection), glaucoma, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and ear infections. Proper care can help reduce the incidence of these diseases.

 

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Coat

The PBGV is naturally shagging looking and should not be trimmed to keep this look. The double coat should be brushed or combed frequently to keep it free of mats. He may require professional grooming if in the show ring, however, family pets can get by just fine with only regular brushing.

 

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Training

Like most hounds, the PBGV is independent. While is intelligent and will learn quickly, the PBGV has to be the one to decide he is ready to learn. Reward or other motivation-based training will help keep him more interested and eager to learn.

 

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Activity

The PBGV is a hound through and through and enjoys getting to follow his nose on a scent. Time outdoors is important, and long walks are needed if he is not outdoors often. This is a breed that needs both mental stimulation through hunting or tracking, and physical activity to be kept happy and free of boredom.

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