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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed Summary

Affectionate, Enthusiastic, Happy, Alert and Loyal

These dogs have a fairly rough appearance with very distinctive long moustaches and eyebrows! They are normally around 13-15 inches tall and their bodies are normally longer than they are tall. It is thought that originally they were bred to hunt small animals, such as rabbits.

They also have lovely personalities and are a very happy, friendly, energetic and intelligent breed. This means that they make really lovely family pets. Additionally, they also get on very well with children and potentially other animals as well!

Fun Fact: These guys are often referred to as the 'Happy Breed'.

Kennel Club Group Hound
Lifespan 12 - 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 33 cm - 38 cm
Weight Males and Females 13.5 kg - 18 kg
Coat Coats are Rough, Medium/Long in Length and Hash to the Touch. The Undercoat is Soft, Thick and Short
Colour Lemon, Orange, Black, Sable, Tricolour
Common health issues PBGV Pain Syndrome, Epilepsy, Glaucoma and lens luxation, Allergies, Inguinal and Umbilical Hernias, Patellar Luxation and Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Persistent Pupillary Pembranes (PPM) and Multifocal Retinal Dysplasia
Other Names Basset Griffon Vendéen (Petit), GBGV

PBGV's are very well known and affectionately referred to as the 'happy breed'. They have a true love for life and their enthusiasm makes them lovely, little family pets. They are relatively energetic and will need to be in a family that enjoys an active lifestyle! They are intelligent but require lots of training and socialisation as they can be fairly stubborn. Additionally, they make very good watchdogs as they are alert and will tell their hoomans if anything unusual happens. Just bear in mind that these guys are prone to try and escape, so make sure you have a secure garden! Overall though, they make lovely family pets and have the ability to provide you with lots of years of happiness.

These little guys are a small variety of French Hound and can be traced back to the 16th century. Their name literally translates to small, low to the ground, wire-haired dogs from Vendeen, but we'll call them PBGV's for now! Vendeen is on the West Coast of France and is a particularly tough environment with lots of rocks, brambles and underbrush. Though it's thought the PBGV's have been around for a very long time, they weren't standardised until the very late 1800's. It was in 1907 when the first breed club was developed but at this time, both Petit and Grand Bassets had the same breed standard! In the 1950's the PBGV's finally got their own breed standard. They first appeared in the states in the Westminster Kennel Club Show in 1992 and they began to grow in popularity! However, they weren't officially recognised until 1991 by the Kennel Club.