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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Quick facts

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen AKC Group: Hound
Height: Male: 13-15 in., Female: 13-15 in.
Weight: Male: 25-40 lbs., Female: 25-40 lbs.
Colors: white combined with lemon, sable, orange, black or tricolor or grizzle markings
AKC recognized in: 1990

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen or PBGV is the smaller cousin of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. It traces its origins to France, specifically in the region of Vendeen and dates as far back as the 16th century. It was one of a few variants of the small French hounds intended for hunting rabbits and hares. Puppies from the two breeds often come in a single litter since they were bred together until 1975. Nowadays, the White Bloodhound and Italian Hound have joined its bloodline.

Do not let the small stature fool you. PBGVs can handle a lot more that you might expect from them. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a rough-and-ready dog with a sturdy build and ability to face all weather conditions. This dog has lots of energy which makes it perfect as a working dog like other French hounds. It can also make short work of any terrain no matter how difficult it may be.

PBGVs have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity in recent times. Although it has been exported from its native France, this breed is still quite rare in the US. The American Kennel Club recognized this breed in 1990.


Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children three paws<
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

Active, friendly and cheerful are among the first words to describe the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. They are quite fun to watch especially when wagging their tails and going about their business. These are curious dogs that are often eager to explore their surroundings. This should not come as a surprise since this is what it is trained to do.

The PBGV is a pack dog and many of its traits stem from this nature. This dog may be independent but it will heed to anyone who it sees as the dominant leader of the pack. This only makes obedience training all the more necessary. Once this problem is solved, this dog can be trained to do a lot of tricks. This dog does strive to please its master.

As expected, the PBGV is great with other people and older children. The same can be said when dealing with other dogs but they must never be trusted with other animals. Keep in mind that these dogs are hunters.

Health and Exercise

PBGVs enjoy a relatively healthy life which could last more than 12 years, which is longer than dogs of comparable size. Common problems that plague this breed relate to vision. Eye abnormalities are hereditary in this dog breed. PBGV pain syndrome is also something to watch out for.

Other illnesses include seizures and epilepsy. Allergies, hip and elbow dysplasia have also been reported.

Confined spaces are not suitable for PBGVs. This breed needs a lot of space to run around and get enough exercise. It is much more suited for a life on the countryside instead of the inner city or suburbia. Grooming is also a must to maintain its coat. Regular brushing should be done on at least a weekly basis to keep it in good condition.

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