Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog Breed - All About Dogs

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen



The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (his common nickname is PBGV) was bred in the 16th century in France. This is a scent hound type, bred to trail small game. This breed is well suited for hunting in any weather and in any territory. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is the smallest French hound, quite popular in Europe but almost unknown in the United States. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1990.

Height: 13-15 inches  Weight: 25-40 lbs  Lifespan: 14-16 years


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is active, friendly and cheerful. He is bold, but at the same time, attentive and reliable. This compact dog is independent and always looking for an adventure. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are traditionally hunting dogs, but they can also be wonderful companions. Comparable Breeds: Basset Hound.


This is a lively and noisy dog that loves to be in the spotlight. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are smart and charming, but they tend to be very stubborn. This breed gets along well with other dog breeds, but it cannot find a common language with small pets, since it perceives them as a game. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen does well with children and is friendly to strangers. This small dog hates being alone, and if left neglected, he becomes unmanageable.

Coat / Care:

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has a double coat. The top coat has a wiry structure, which gives the dog a well-groomed appearance and protection during hunting in the bush. The undercoat is soft and dense. Facial hair is forming thick eyebrows, mustache and beard. The color is white with yellow, or red with gray spots. This dog is a low shedder. However, he needs regular grooming. Bathe the dog only if necessary. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen’s teeth and ears should be cleaned regularly and thoroughly.

Health Problems:

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to eye problems, aseptic meningitis, epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, patella luxation, hypothyroidism and skin allergies. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years.

Weight / Height

The male Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog breed’s height is around 13 – 15 inches and weighs around 25 and 40 pounds. Female Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs can reach a size from 13 – 15 inches and weighs between 25 and 40 pounds.


Intelligent and eager to please, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is rather easy to train. He needs early socialization and obedience training in order to understand that his owner is in charge. Training should be consistent and the teacher must be patient. However, these dogs respond best to positive reinforcement and rewards.


Small Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are very energetic, so they need regular exercising in the fresh air. This dog loves family games and all kinds of funny activities. It is important to remember that a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is always ready to take off in pursuit of prey. Therefore, it is necessary to keep him on a sturdy leash or let him run freely in a well-fenced yard. However, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen should not be left unattended in the courtyard, because he loves to dig, so he can escape easily. This breed can bear apartment living, provided that it exercises sufficiently.

Photo credit: Elliott Plack/Flickr

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