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.

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.

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.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
10-14 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
The PBGV, The Basset Griffon Vendeen, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Build Information

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
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

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.

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.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

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.

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.

Appearance

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

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.

Breed's Talents and Facts

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
  • 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

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Common Health Conditions in Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens

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.

A special thanks to Ellen Wijnands, owner and breeder of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, Kennel les Précieux d'Aunes, for providing us valuable information about this dog breed.

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