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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Intelligent, Alert and Very Cute!

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The origins of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (also referred to as PBGV) are to be found in the larger version of the Griffon which dates back to 16th century France. His small and charming appearance can be deceptive, but make no mistake, this is a tough, confident and purpose-driven little dog.

The PBGV is a scenthound used primarily to hunt hare, fox and deer, which it does very capably with great speed and much enthusiasm. Equipped with a tough coat, small body and a hardy constitution, it is well suited for hunting in the rugged terrain on the west coast of France.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has an irresistible appearance, with a shaggy coat, floppy long ears and a very sweet expression.

Appearance, Coat and Care

Height: 13-15 inches
Weight: 25-35 lbs.
Coat Color variations: White background, with shades of orange, gray, tawny and black/tan

A tousled-looking rough coat, up to 2-l/2 inches long. A thorough brushing once a week will take care of the light shedding and tangles.

As with most long-eared dogs, ear inspection is important on a weekly basis to look for any signs of ear mites or other parasites that could cause infection, as well as excessive wax build-up. Naturally any necessary cleaning of this area can be done at the same time.

As with all dogs, teeth should be cleaned weekly or daily if possible. You can watch a "how to" video on this page of the website and see some products for getting the job done. Nails should be clipped whenever you hear a clicking sound as the dog walks accross a hard surface. If you find this a difficult chore with dog nail trimmers, try a Dremel 7300-PT 4.8-Volt Pet Grooming Kitdremel which is easier and less traumatic.

Personality and Traits:

With a cheerful and jaunty personality, the PBVG is a very smart dog, friendly and people oriented.

As with most intelligent dogs, they can be willful, so be forewarned! Establish your leadership early on if you don't want them to rule the roost.

Having said that, they like to please, are known to be devoted and loyal to their owners, and love being the center of attention in family life.

Training them with a gentle and patient hand works best.

PBGVs generally get along well with other dogs in the household.

Activity Level:

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is very active little dog with lots of stamina.

Because they both enjoy and need a lot of exercise, it is important that this not be overlooked. Without sufficient physical activity, they will become bored which can lead to undesirable or destructive behavior.

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Space Needs:

House or apartment will meet their needs. Apartment dwellers should be aware that PBGVs can be barkers and need to learn the quiet commands early on.

Outside areas should be secure as they are good at jumping and tunneling. Their strong hunting instincts make them prone to escape tactics if something interesting gets their attention.


This dog has a gentle nature and gets along well with children although he may be a bit boisterous for very young children.

The caution remains that no matter what the breed of dog, an adult should oversee any activities between children and pets.


Can do well as a companion dog for active seniors or those who can make arrangements for their exercise needs to be met.

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Book Recommendations:

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen: A Definitive Study (Pure Bred)The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen: A Definitive Study (Pure Bred)

A very well-researched study of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and its hunting background. A valuable resource for owners and an indispensable guide to those wishing to acquire this breed of dog.

In addition to learning about the characteristics and rearing of the breed, the book contains significant historical information as well as a collection of rare old pictures.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (Comprehensive Owners Guide) petit basset griffon handbook
Covers breed history and characteristics, puppy selection, feeding, training, health care and behavior. Also includes advice about preparing for the puppy, housetraining and handling puppy problems.

Many color photos.

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