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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


Life span: 12-14 Years

Height: 14 – 15 inches

Weight: 35 – 45 lbs.

Being of the Scent Hound Group, the Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen is a small-sized breed that originated in France. The Petit Basset has a strong sense of smell and this makes it well-suited for hunting, especially hares. It has a wire-haired coat, which comes in an array of colors, such as black and tan, fawn and white, and fawn and black, and a muscular, straight-pointing tail. And while the Petit Basset is relatively small in size, it has a high endurance level.

Due to their curious and energetic nature, this breed is best suited for an active family that can provide it with the attention and entertainment it needs. They can get along well with children, animals and strangers if taught to do so.

Physical Characteristics

Their ears are large and flop down, with a medium sized tail that remains erect. The eyes are brown with a black nose. Their doublecoat is made up of a soft and dense undercoat, and a wiry overcoat that is rough to the touch. Coat colors include brown, light brown, black, grey, and white.


Originating in France, in the 1700s. Its name comes from the area it originated from (Vendeens) and the words meaning “small, rough-coated and low frame” in French. It was created from crossbreeding an Italian Hound named St. Hubert, and the “King’s White” Grand Griffon. It also seems to be related to the Dwarf Grand Basset and the Basset Hound. Its original job was to hunt rabbits by scent and with agility, but in the 1800s begun its job as a show dog as a wire-coated Basset Hound. Paul Dezamy decided to further develop this breed in 1947, also becoming the first president to the Club du Basset Vendeen and creating its first breed standard. In 1950, its first published breed standard appeared in the Societe de Venerie book of standards, where they appeared as their own unique breed. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America was formed in 1984, and in 1990 it was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.


This curious breed is known for being highly independent and stubborn. They are highly energetic and demand even more attention than they do exercise. They get along well with children, animals and strangers, as long as they are properly socialized and trained. The thing they love most is spending time with their family, and going on adventures with them.


This breed may suffer from many diseases, including:

Allergies that produce the same symptoms you see in humans, and depending on the cause, different treatments can be used.

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can produce seizures.

Glaucoma, which causes pressure to build up in the eye and may lead to blindness or cause severe harm in just a few hours. Symptoms can include squinting, red eyes, tearing, eye rubbing, etc. It must be treated as soon as possible.

Lens Luxation, in which the ligament that holds the lens eye in place deteriorates, causing it to fall out of place. It can be treated through surgery, but in severe cases the eye might need to be removed.

Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.

Umbilical Hernia, is present since birth and causes the internal organs or abdominal fat to be pushed against the abdominal wall near the umbilicus. If small, can be left untreated, but if it is large it must be treated with surgery to prevent a deadly disease.

Luxating Patella, in which the kneecaps may dislocate or move from its proper place.

Hypothyroidism, a disease that affects the thyroid gland, its symptoms are ear infections, skin infections, hair loss, lethargy, and depression.

Persistent Pupillary Membrane, remnants of fetal membrane in the eye which tend to disappear on their own. If they persist they may cause cataracts, this can be treated with eye drops given to you by your veterinarian.

Retinal Dysplasia, a malformation of the retina during its development that is present from birth and is usually mild and has no noticeable effects on the dog’s vision.

Inguinal Hernia, in which the organs protrude and form a bubble under the skin in the groin due to a defect in the abdomen muscles.

PBVG Pain Syndrome, in which the pain varies from mild to severe. Symptoms include fever and random spasms of pain.


This breed should be brushed weekly, and trimming must be minimal. Bathing should be done monthly. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. Given that they are highly energetic, they need to be exercised daily, preferably in the form of runs. They are quite difficult to train given how stubborn and independent they are, as well as getting bored easily during training. Be sure to keep training interesting and short, as well as use positive reinforcement.


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