The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, also called the Little Griffon Vendeen Basset, is a French hound. This breed descends directly from the Griffon Vendeen. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small dog that only stands between 13 and 15 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 35 pounds. They have a medium length rough coat that comes in solid colors or solid colors with markings. The most common colors found in this breed include fawn, hare, white, red, gray, and black. This is a very playful and friendly breed that is quite comfortable living with an active family.
The breed is a comparative newcomer to the AKC world, but is considered an ancient breed with roots in 16th-century Europe. 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 it to wind his way through the underbrush in pursuit of rabbits, but that was nimble enough to run over rocks and logs without tiring.
The breed traces its origins back about 400 years, and is the shortest of the four Griffons breeds, hence the “petit”, meaning “small”, in its name. This happy, extroverted dog has a good voice, which it uses freely. The breed was recognized by AKC in 1991. It is a busy dog who requires adequate exercise on a daily basis to be on its best behavior. Though cute, it doesn’t live a sedentary lifestyle.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a courageous and independent dog, with plenty of character, spirit, and enthusiasm. They are keen scent hounds with very inquisitive natures, and therefore should always have somewhere safe and secure to play and exercise when not on a leash. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has loads of energy and needs a fair amount of daily exercise.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a cute, medium sized dog. A square head leads to their long rectangular muzzle. The muzzle covered in a long, flowing beard ends with a large black nose. While the dog’s body is normal size, its short chubby looking legs give it an unusual look. A long curly coat covers their entire body, especially their face and legs. Coat colors do not vary much because they are always white with black, yellow, orange, or grizzle markings mixed in.
Despite the appearance, the PBGV is not a Basset Hound in a wire coat. Some would consider it to be terrier-like in temperament. Amiable and playful, it is good with children, other dogs and pets, and it is friendly toward strangers. The PBGV is stubborn and independent and they tend to dig and bark.
If a PBGV possesses the correct harsh coat, they will require a thorough weekly brush out to stay in condition.
The breed is not a couch potato and needs daily exercise, if not, it may express its displeasure by using its “hound voice” or creating amusing diversions of its own. Although independent, the breed is still willing to please.
They should have daily walks to burn off excess energy. They need to be brushed regularly, but not daily, to avoid matting and tangles. To keep the coat well groomed it must be stripped. Hairs must be pulled out of the coat using either a special stripping tool or the finger and thumb.
It’s a dog that needs firm leadership and will become demanding and willful if its owner does not provide it. This dog is basically a pack animal and much of its behavior reflects this heritage. The problem arises when the owners are not as strong minded as the dog and the dog believes it is the leader of the home needing to come up with its own agenda, which may not be the same as the owners.