Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


A small to medium sized Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Quick Summary
Also Known AsPBGV
Height (at withers)12.5-15.5in (32-40cm)
Weight25-40lbs (11-18kg)
Hair Colour(s)White with markings
Lifespan9-15 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size4-7
Barking TendencyHigh
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small to medium sized dog. The body is long and low to the ground with a deep chest, a level topline, and a high-set hairy tail carried like a sabre. The head is domed with hanging ears, a large black nose with wide nostrils and large, dark oval eyes. The face is also adorned with shaggy eyebrows, a beard and a moustache. The coat consists of a short dense undercoat and a harsh outercoat, and the colouring tends to be white with any combination of markings.


Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are friendly and confident dogs with cheerful dispositions. These little tail waggers (often nicknamed the Happy Breed) can be quite comical at times, as well as curious, and make for fine companions and charming family pets. These natural athletes need plenty of exercise and like to be busy, and will let owners know if they aren't happy. They can also be prone to barking or howling, as well as giving wet kisses. These alert dogs are intelligent and eager to please, but can become rather demanding and willful at times and so need owners to provide firm and consistent leadership. They can also take longer to train compared to some other breeds and so will require patientce in this department. For these reasons they are best suited to those with some experience in dog ownership and training rather than novices. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are fine with older, more considerate children, and when socialised early are usually okay with other dogs. However, they aren't to be trusted with non-canine pets but bizarrely will get along with cats. They make relatively effective watchdogs but are also generally friendly towards strangers, and so after barking at an intuder they are more likely afterwards to want to play.

History & Skills

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens originate from France, in the region of Vendeen, and have a history stretching back to the 16th century. Their long name translates as small, low, wire-haired Vendeen (the last bit being the region). Originally used to hunt rabbits and hares, they were bred as smaller versions of Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens, and the two breeds were still cross bred until the mid-seventies. As a result, litters from both breeds can still sport puppies of both sizes.

Breed Specific Ailments

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens tend to live between 9-15 years. They are as healthy breed on the whole, but some of the health problems noted in this breed include glaucoma and aseptic meningitis, which is characterised by lethargy, fever and neck or back pain. Known as PBGV pain syndrome, this varies in severity and can be fatal in rare cases. Epilepsey, hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, and food and skin allergies have also been reported to a lesser degree.


Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are low shedders when groomed correctly and so may not be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are not high and they only require occasional brushing, say once a week to remove dead hair. The ear canals should be kept free of excess hair and wax.

Exercise & Environment

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens tend to live indoors and can be suitable for small homes such as apartments so long as they are given sufficient exercise. These dogs are fairly active indoors and prefer cooler climates (but will be fine in warmer ones too). They will need a daily walk but should not be allowed off the lead because of their strong hunting instincts. An outside area for play is a bonus but this must be secure, as these dogs like to dig and can be escape artists.


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This is Barney the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, a family dog but from where the owner didn'y say, at 10 months old.

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