By Avatar photoShiloh Nevada Last updated: 28th October 2022

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


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Last updated: 28th October 2022

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a well-known scenthound that originated in France. This canine has an elongated body covered with medium to long hair. The roundish face has round, expressive eyes, a triangular nose, a pair of loosely hanging ears, and a long, flat muzzle. With their four short legs, they stand very close to the ground, while the fluffy tail stands almost vertically erect to its body.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Pictures

Quick Information

Also known asPBGV
PronunciationPuh-TEE Bah-SAY Gree-FOHN VON-day-uhn
Coat CharacteristicsRough, medium, long, dense, thick
Coat ColorsBlack, White, Black and Tan, Gray, Yellow
TypeCompanion Dog, Hound (Scent Hound), Therapy Dog
Group (of Breed)Purebred
Life Span/Expectancy11-14 years
Height (Size)Medium; 13-15 inches (full grown male and female)
Weight25-35 pounds (adults)
Litter Size4-7
Personality TraitsIndependent, Friendly, Playful, Outgoing
Good with ChildrenYes
Level of SensitivityModerate
Mouthiness (Proneness to Biting)Moderate
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationACA, ACR, AKC, ANKC, APRI, CKC, DRA, FCI, KCGB, NAPR, NKC, NZKC, PBGVCA

Video: PBGV Puppies Playing with Mother


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is an ancient dog, bred in the 1500s in Vendéen, France for trailing hares in the region. Since the area they were indigenous to was mostly rocky, covered in underbrush and brambles, they evolved with a thick wire coat and short legs which made running and catching rabbits as well as smaller animals easier for them.

The breed might have been associated with the Basset Hound breed in the mid 19th century England. However, this Hound is larger by size also having a greater agility than the PBGV. Though they were classified as two distinct breeds – the ‘Petit’ and the ‘Grand’ – until the 1950s, the only difference was related to size. Later, in the 1970s, both the varieties began to be interbred by many contemporary breeders.

Finally, in 1990, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club, after which, the breed demanded the attention of many dog enthusiasts, and turned out to become famous very quickly.

Temperament and Behavior

Like its name, it also shares a few traits in common with the Basset Hound, though, many people think, it isn’t in any way a Basset Hound in a wire coat. Rather, it is more like a terrier by temperament. They are remarkably happy dogs that are born to be one of the happiest breeds around. This trait makes them an excellent companion and therapy dog to its family members as well.

They are not just the owner’s pet; they love people in general, and even strangers and other pets in the household (including cats). They would just create their moments of fun. However, they are of an independent nature, displaying stubborn behavior at times.

PBGVs also have a hunter instinct, possessing a love for digging, sniffing, exploring, as well as roaming around, also even emerging as a noisy barker. However, this trait makes it an excellent watchdog. They are good for new owners.



You would find your dog in its sweetest mood when it gets to spend equal time indoors and outdoors. Take your PBGV out every day for a considerable period so that it can move around to its heart content. Let it walk and play as long as it wants, or just allow it to run inside a fenced yard with no leash on.


They shed less. Brush your dog’s coat a couple of times every week. Like other long-hair breeds, this is necessary to keep the hair from getting entangled or dirty.

Health Problems

They are prone to issues like hip dysplasia, cancer, patellar luxation and cardiac problems. The PBGV Club of America has also got reports of recurring hypothyroidism, epilepsy, neck pain, issues with pupillary membranes, and recurrent ear infections. They also have a proneness to obesity.


  • Train the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppies to help it get rid of any possible stubbornness. For example, if your dog forces you to follow his direction while going for a walk by pulling the leash, opt for the ‘tree method.’ The moment you see your dog is pulling you towards its direction, you stop right there. Let your dog sit there for a couple of minutes before you give it a treat for being obedient, and then start walking again.
  • The ‘Quiet’-command training is necessary to keep their barking instincts under check. Begin with treats, praises, and so on. Nonetheless, if you find your dog fails to gain control on its barking, you can always use distractions like a high-frequency sound emitter.
  • To keep your dog from digging, you can keep interesting and interactive toys spread around your yard or garden to keep it busy.


1½ to 2 cups of dry dog food is enough to meet their needs of daily energy and nutrition.

Interesting Facts

  • The word ‘Petit,’ in French, means small, and ‘Basset’ means ‘low to the ground.’ ‘Griffon’ is rough-coated, while ‘Vendéen’ is the region in France where the PBGV originated.
  • In 2013, a female Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen – Ch. Soletrader Peek A Boo (AKA Jilly) – owned by Sara Robertson and Wendy Doherty (handled by Gavin Robertson) won the ‘Best in Show’ title at the Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show.

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