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Adopt a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog Breed

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Area of origin:


Original function:

trailing hare

Average size of male:

Ht: 13-15, Wt: 25-35

Average size of female:

Ht: 13-15, Wt: 25-35

Other names:

Little Griffon Vendeen basset

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog Temperament

Despite his appearance, the PBGV is not a Basset Hound in a wire coat, but in many ways is more terrier-like in temperament. He is a merry, inquisitive, tough, busy dog, always on the lookout for excitement and fun. He loves to sniff, explore, trail and dig , a true hunter at heart. Amiable and playful, he is good with children, other dogs and pets, and he is friendly toward strangers. The PBGV is stubborn and independent. He tends to dig and bark.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog Care

The PBGV is not content to lie around. His exercise requirements can be easily fulfilled, however, by a good walk on leash or a vigorous romp in the yard. He is happiest when dividing his time between house and yard. The coat needs weekly brushing and occasional tidying of straggling hairs.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog Health

Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: otitis externa, CHD
Occasionally seen: meningitis, patellar luxation, epilepsy
Suggested tests: (hip)
Life span: 11-14 years

Interested in the history of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog breed?

The PBGV, as he is affectionately known, is a comparative newcomer to the AKC world, but he is an ancient breed with roots in 16th-century Europe. The long French name provides an accurate description of the breed: petit (small) , basset (low), griffon (rough-coated), Vend'en (for his area of origin in France). Vend'e, on the west coast of France, is filled with thick brambles, underbrush and rocky terrain. Hunting in such terrain demanded a dog that had a coat that could withstand thorns and brambles, and short legs that could enable him to wind his way through the underbrush in pursuit of rabbits, but that was nimble enough to run over rocks and logs without tiring. Thus, the PBGV is more than a wire-coated basset hound, and more than a dwarf grand basset griffon Vend'en (a breed that resembles a slightly taller PBGV), even though he is closely related to both. In England in the mid-1800s, the PBGV was shown with the Basset Hound as a wire-coated variety, but the PBGV is a longer-legged, more nimble hound. In France, it was considered to be one breed with two sizes until the 1950s. The two sizes were still interbred until the 1970s. The AKC recognized the PBGV in 1990, and since then he has attracted many new admirers because of his merry disposition and tousled carefree appearance.

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