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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 mustaches 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 13in - 15in
Weight Males and Females 25lb - 40lb
Coat Coats are Rough, Medium/Long in Length and Hash to the Touch. The Undercoat is Soft, Thick and Short
Color Lemon, Orange, Black, Sable, Tricolor
Eye color Brown
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

PBGVs 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 socialization 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.

​The terrain of the Vendée ain't for sissy dogs. It takes a tough, tenacious, headstrong hound to earn a living as a hunter amid the rocks and dense underbrush of coastal France. The PBGV's rough coat was purpose-bred to protect him from this harsh environment. Even the rakish eyebrows, beard, and mustache that give the breed a large measure of its Old World charm aren't strictly for cuteness: They protect sensitive areas of the face from thorns and thicket.