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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Two petit bassets griffon vendeen.
Two petit bassets griffon vendeen.
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Country of origin
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Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 6 Section 1 #67  
AKC: Hound  
ANKC: Group 4 (hound)  
CKC: Group 2 (hound)  
KC (UK): Hound  
NZKC: Hounds  
UKC: Scenthound Breeds  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a Scent hound that was bred to hunt small game in bramble filled terrain of the La Vendee district of France.


Both sexes should be of similar size, range between 12.5 and 15.5 inches (32 to 40 cm) at the withers and between 35 and 45 pounds (15 to 20 kilograms).

Like the other 3 Griffon Vendeen breeds: the Grand Griffon Vendeen, Briquet Griffon Vendeen, and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen; they are solid dogs that appear rough and unrefined yet casual. They have short legs, a sturdy bone structure, and a thick body that is about half as much longer than it is tall at the withers.

The double coat is both long and rough. The fur on the face resembles a beard and moustache similar to that of a Scottish Terrier. They have drop ears like many hounds share. The tail is long and tapered to the end, similar in shape to a saber. The coloring is primarily white with spots of orange, lemon, or black. They may be bicolor, tricolor, or have grizzling.


They are very extroverted, friendly, and independent hounds. PBGVs are not lazy like the Basset Hound they are much more active and lively. They are good with children and other dogs. They can be rather vocal.

Like other hounds, they are stubborn and don't respond as well to training as some owners may like. They tend to do what they want to do unless there is a reward for them.


The PBGV has a strong constitution, and they are a very healthy breed with relatively few genetic diseases. Some lines are susceptible to Hip dysplasia, Luxating patella, or Heart Murmurs. They are prone to yeast infections in the ears.


They should have daily walks to burn off excess energy. They need to be brushed regularly, but not daily, to avoid matting and tangles. They need regular ear cleanings to prevent yeast infections.

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