Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Hounding    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: ,


Size: Small     Weight: 31-40 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 14+ years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a dog breed of the scent hound type. Pronounced as 'Peh-TEET BAS-et Griff-ON Ven-Dee-en', these dogs are bred to trail hares in bramble filled terrain of the Vend�e district of France. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is also known to be called Small Vendeen Basset, Petit Basset griffon vend�en and PBGV. It is one of the many small varieties of the French hound that can be traced to the 16th century and to the Griffon Vend�en, his larger, more powerful ancestor.

These dogs are highly intelligent but are very strong headed. Thus, patience and consistency is a must for training these dogs. Crate training is also recommended as house breaking this dogs can be a bit difficult for their stubborn nature. The dog likes to bark so training should include controlling their barking habits. The dog's energy and stamina should be drained on a daily basis. They would enjoy a good long walk and exercise every day. Avoid taking their leash off in an unsecured area as their hunting instincts could kick in anytime. When this happens, they will run off without looking back. The Petits are escape artists that they could get away when they feel the need to. As a hunting dog, the dog is driven by their nose.


The dog's coat color is primarily White with spots that are colored Black, Gray, Lemon or Orange. Other colors that are acceptable are Bi-color, Tricolor or Grizzling.


The dog's coat is wire or rough-coated with an undercoat for protection when hunting in the under bush. The best description of the length should be slightly medium to long in length without any exaggeration, rough textured and harsh to the touch. Some might describe it to have a 'messy look'. The long eyebrows, beard and mustache gives the dog its scruffy unique look. Brushing of the dog weekly is required as the type of coat looks scraggly on a normal basis.


PBGV's are wonderful happy dogs that are not only comical but very mischievous as well. Their hound voice and constant tail wagging makes them an irresistible dog with the most comical face on any breed. Even though they are rather independent and slightly obstinate, they are very hard to turn away. Owners should really consider researching on the breed that they are getting especially when they have decided on getting a Petit. They may not have what they really want as this is a very dedicated breed to hunting, digging and chasing varmints. The dog was bred to hunt in a pack and those hunting instincts are still very much part of the breed's standard. They are highly alert and willful in nature as well as having a charming little cutie with that scraggly face and heart-filled eyes. The dog can get along well with other pets but not with other non-canine animals as their hunting instincts will usually kick in. They are wonderful with people and children. The dog's intelligence level could become a problem as they tend to claim the pack leader position whenever they think that it is not being fulfilled according to nature's way. It should be corrected right away or it could escalate to a negative behavior of the dog.


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen hair should be brushed with a wire brush. This is a mandatory routine to keep the hair clean and tangle-free due to this dog's type of hair. Frequency of the brushing would greatly depend on the lifestyle and activity level of the dog. Two to three times a week should be enough. Otherwise, it can be done more often. The dog's toe nails should be clipped on a bi-monthly basis or as needed. Their toe nails can be worn down from walks on cement or out in the field. Ask the family vet or the breeder to teach you how to do this as it is the only grooming that can be done at home especially if the dog has been trained to have it done. The dog's ears will need cleaning every time they are bathing. Depending on the dog's lifestyle, it can be done once a month of less often. Hunting dogs that usually go out in the field with longer hair on their ears can gather little critters that stake a claim in this area due to the warmed and damp environment. Black or red little flecks, shaking of the ears or pawing at the area of the ears should be watched out for as these are signs that the ears need attention. Ear cleaning solutions with antibiotics are available for use with a Q-tip. Dog ear canals are longer than people's. A visit to the family vet to check their deeper ear area at least four times a year is required especially if the dog is demonstrating ear problem symptoms.


As the PBGV is a hound dog, the dog has hunting skills and it surely does hunt. Many owners would mistakenly acquire the dog with very little research done for the purpose of making them their lap dog as it is a cute little puppy and lovable looking. Hunting dogs, when left unattended or untrained will become a destructive dog. They can destroy your home and yard within minutes to feed their craving to hunt for things. The dog's training is easier than what you think as these are very intelligent dogs as well as very willing to please their masters. The dog requires a strong upper-hand and strong obedience training along with a definite course in leash training. Owners of this dog should be naturally active or likes to hunt as this is a dog that would not lie around much. Walks are usually a part of their exercise unless a very large backyard is available. The dog's leash should never be removed when out for a walk as the dog will be gone in a New York minute hunting for something for prey. A part of this dog's life training should be a safe environment that the dog can call its own. Crate training is an excellent tool to keep the dog secured while everyone is gone for the day. Make sure that the dog's favorite toys are also inside the pen to keep them busy while no one is around. However, they should never be left alone frequently as these dogs need human companionship and will literally become depressed without it. Negative behavior can develop if such routine will go on.


This dog's energy level and exercise requirement level is very, very high. A large yard or an active owner would be most appropriate. This dog is not for the inexperienced dog owner. Owners should enjoy going for walks, playing ball, jogging, hunting and camping are great things to do with the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. These dogs should never be left under exercised and penned up for days at end especially without human interaction. As a very robust and energetic dog, the PBGV will almost always find a way to get out through digging or plowing through when they want to. Due to the dog's demanding exercise requirement, the owner should be able to make time for this dog. Otherwise, finding a better home and owner would be the right thing to do not only for the little dog but also for the owner.

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