Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, What a name! Petit means small, Basset means low to the ground, Griffon means wire-coated, and Vendéen refers to the region in France where the breed originated. This is an old breed that was (and still is) used in the rough terrain of Vendée, France, to hunt small game.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed (called the PBGV) stands 13 to 15 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 40 pounds. The head is long, the eyes are large and dark, and the ears are dropped, narrow, fine, and folded. The muscular body is longer than the dog is tall. The tail is medium in length, tapered, and carried high. The coat is harsh and rough. The face has a beard and mustache, and the tail is well-covered. There is a thick undercoat. Coat colors include white with lemon, orange, sable, black, and tricolor. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen’s coat should be brushed weekly, although it may need more frequent brushing when the undercoat is shedding. Potential Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen owners should discuss specific coat care needs with a breeder.
Most Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens are playful, happy extroverts. They enjoy long brisk walks, a play session with the kids, and a training session on the agility course. Although not normally destructive, a bored Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen who doesn’t get enough exercise can get into trouble. Training the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed is not difficult as long as the owner can keep the dog motivated. Scenthounds by nature, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens are easily distracted by interesting smells and love to follow their noses. Socialization is recommended, not because the breed’s temperament warrants it, but because these dogs enjoy socializing!
This breed does best in a home where the owner understands hound characteristics. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens vocalize and can do so often and with volume; this can cause problems when neighbors live close by. The breed is great with kids and other dogs, and usually with cats, too. Interactions with smaller pets should be closely supervised. Health concerns include eye problems, thyroid and heart disorders, and luxated patellas.