Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

This breed can thank its larger ancestor, the Griffon Vendeen, for its good looks. Developed as a smaller version, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not a hairy basset hound. For a long time the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen had the same standard as the Grand Basset, the only difference was the size (from 34 - 38 cm). The PBGV was as heavy as the Grand Basset and they were semi-crooked. The result in utilization was not very brilliant until M. Abel Dezamy created a separate standard for them. Quote from M. Abel Dezamy: ¨It is no longer a small Vendeen by simple reduction of the height, but a small Basset harmoniously reduced in all his proportions and in its volume, that is naturally endowed with all the moral qualities which presuppose the passion for hunting.¨ It was a team of PBGV's that won the 1st edition of France's Cup on rabbit.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small-sized dog breed, which has a long body and short legs. It looks somewhat similar to a basset hound, but has a more rugged appearance. It has a double coat with a dense undercoat and coarse outer coat. The coat needs weekly brushing.<br><br> This breed is about 14 inches tall at the shoulder. Like other bassets, it is heavily boned. The tail is saber-like and the nose is wide. The ears of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen are long, but not as long as those of other members of the basset family. The PBGV is a vigorous and active breed of dog, with a slightly elongated body. Its coat is hard and long without exaggeration. Its head is expressive and covered with long hair.

Personality

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a friendly and active dog. Its exercise needs can be met by long walks or vigorous play. It's curious and playful, but also stubborn and strong-willed. It's a good companion for children and friendly towards other dogs and strangers. It tends to bark.<br><br> This is a confident, happy breed that finds every person it meets to be a friend. Suited best for the active owner, this dog is happiest when exercising or hunting. Its independent nature does not reduce its desire to please its people. With consistency and patience, this breed can be easy to train. People familiar with typical basset hounds should not confuse the two. Where the basset hound is happy to live in an apartment and take up permanent residence on the bed, this breed needs regular exercise to keep its mind busy. The PBGV is a passionate hunter, courageous and likes the bramble and scrub. It is docile but passionate and wilful.

Breed Characteristics

Type:Pure
Family:Scenthound
Function:Hunting
Origin:Europe
Preferred Climate:Any Climate
Group:Hounds
Life Span:10-14 Years
Nicknames:The PBGV, The Basset Griffon Vendeen
Hypoallergenic:No

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Build Information

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small-sized dog breed, which has a long body and short legs. It looks somewhat similar to a basset hound, but has a more rugged appearance. It has a double coat with a dense undercoat and coarse outer coat. The coat needs weekly brushing.<br><br> This breed is about 14 inches tall at the shoulder. Like other bassets, it is heavily boned. The tail is saber-like and the nose is wide. The ears of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen are long, but not as long as those of other members of the basset family. The PBGV is a vigorous and active breed of dog, with a slightly elongated body. Its coat is hard and long without exaggeration. Its head is expressive and covered with long hair.

Size:Small
Length (Male):13-20 in.
Length (Female):14-16 in.
Weight:26 - 40 lbs
Litter Size:4 - 5 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop:No

Behaviour and Personality

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a friendly and active dog. Its exercise needs can be met by long walks or vigorous play. It's curious and playful, but also stubborn and strong-willed. It's a good companion for children and friendly towards other dogs and strangers. It tends to bark.<br><br> This is a confident, happy breed that finds every person it meets to be a friend. Suited best for the active owner, this dog is happiest when exercising or hunting. Its independent nature does not reduce its desire to please its people. With consistency and patience, this breed can be easy to train. People familiar with typical basset hounds should not confuse the two. Where the basset hound is happy to live in an apartment and take up permanent residence on the bed, this breed needs regular exercise to keep its mind busy. The PBGV is a passionate hunter, courageous and likes the bramble and scrub. It is docile but passionate and wilful.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Very Affectionate
Aggressiveness Level:Easy
Barking:Moderate
Dominating or Submissive?:None
Energy Level:Very Active
Good to Other Pets:Moderate Friendly
Guardian Skills:No
Independant:No
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly

Appearance

If the dog has its typical wiry coat, it will need to be combed at least once weekly. Some owners choose to groom their dogs to lessen the grooming requirement. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen should have its ears cleaned once monthly. Toenails need maintenance on the same schedule as the ears, and teeth should be closely monitored due to the breeds' beard. Just like the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, the double coat of the PBGV requires occasional hand stripping to preserve its functionality and look.

Colors:Black, Grizzle, Lemon, Orange, Sable, Tri-Color
Shedding:Moderate
Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Wiry

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Common Health Conditions

Like any dog with an elongated back, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is prone to spinal issues. Dogs maintained at a healthy weight are less likely to experience back and joint problems at early ages.

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Breed Talents and Facts

The breed originated in France. An avid hunter, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is an expert rabbit catcher. If you don't give the dog enough exercise, it will create entertainment for itself. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is often called the PBGV.

Training:Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion:Yes
Jolly for Jogging:No
Sighting Capabilities:No
Ideal for Tracking:Yes
Retrieving Skills:No
Pointing Breed:No
Herding Skills:No
Dutiful Watchdog:No
Security Guard Capable:No
Police Performer:No
Wet Water rescues:No
Assist Disable Owners:No
Dog Sledding:No
Able to Perform Dog Carting:No
Agile/Zippy:Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing:No
Obedient:No
Possible Schutzhund Work:No
Trainable for Tricks:No