The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens' name tells you a lot about this breed: they're from the Vendéen region of France; they're small; they're short and close to the earth (as are many scenthounds); and they have rough or wiry coats. What that translation doesn't tell you is that the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen — called PBGVs by breed lovers — just might be the happiest dog on earth.
Originally from France, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 25-40 pounds and lives an average of 14-16 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Hound group.
|Breed's original pastime||Companion|
|Average lifespan||14-16 years|
|Date of origin||1700s|
|Original function||Trailing hare|
|Average size of male||Height: 13-15 Weight: 25-35|
|Average size of female||Height: 13-15 Weight: 25-35|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Moderately affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Very Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Very Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Very Friendly|
|Ease of training||Easy to train|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Grooming needs||Low maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Medium tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
The confident Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen likes everybody: kids, pets, other dogs, strangers — you name it, and this playful pup will wag her tail for 'em. Their energy levels make them better playmates for older children, however.
WHAT IS PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN BEHAVIOR LIKE?
These are alert and vivacious dogs, built to run and keep on running. Leave plenty of time every day for these active pups to sniff around and explore. Find this dog something to do or she'll make her own fun.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens tend to be pretty vocal. In the hunting business, they say she has a good voice; your neighbors might be less than thrilled with her Christina Aguilera impression.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens are independent-minded but eager to please. This breed is relatively easy to train. They're curious and intelligent — hold their interest and use positive reinforcement; the rest is just practice, practice, practice.
You can't train the hunter out of this dog, though. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens aren't known for their reliable recall. You're better off keeping her on the leash unless you're in a well-fenced area.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEENS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
A Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen's double coat is long and rough; this dog will need a thorough brushing at least once a week. They're average shedders who require only an occasional bath.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEENS HAVE?
These are fairly robust dogs; most Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens are generally healthy. Some are prone to eye disease, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, intervertebral disk disease, slipping kneecaps, and hypothyroidism.