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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog Breed Profile

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This dog is the smallest of the four Griffon Vendeens. Its name refers to the dog’s appearance:
Petit meaning small.
Basset meaning low to the ground
Griffon meaning rough and wiry-coated
Vendeen is where the dog originated.

Other Names: PBGV. Happy hound. Small Vendeen Basset.

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Origin: France

Breed Purpose: Hunting small prey through thick undergrowth.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Hound

Height: Both, 34cm – 38cm.

Weight: 14kg – 19kg.

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Exercise Needs: These little dogs are very energetic and need a long daily walk. Their hunting instincts are strong so unless they are well-trained to the recall they should be kept on lead in farming areas.

Feeding Needs: The PBGV has a small appetite and thrives on a natural well-balanced diet.

Common Ailments: Some lines are prone to Epilepsy which can vary in intensity from a far away look to a full blown seizure. They are also prone to hip dysplasia and patellar luxation (a slipped knee joint) On the whole these dogs are extremely robust.

Physical Description: The petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small rustic dog with a scruffy, wiry coat. Its distinctive features include shaggy eyebrows, a beard and a bushy moustache. The body should be 50% longer than its height. The head is of medium length with a short muzzle. The large dark eyes have a friendly expression and the ears hang long and narrow, folding inwards and oval shaped at the ends. The neck is strong going down into a deep chested body with moderately rounded ribs. The medium length tail is strong at the base, tapering to the tip. It is well covered with hair and is carried 'sabre-like'. The long rough coat has a thick undercoat and the coat colours are lemon, orange, tricolour and grizzle.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen K9 Obedience Breed Summary:

This small dog was developed to hunt game over the rough and difficult terrain of the Vendeen region of France.

Today this merry, friendly dog makes an excellent companion that loves to be at the heart of family life where its mischievous ways bring a smile to everyone’s face.

The PBGV is intelligent and easy to train but needs socialising from a young age. They generally do not like being left alone for long periods and can become destructive from boredom.

This dog is renowned for being an escape artist and must have a well-fenced and secure garden. On the whole this little dog is friendly with other dogs but can have problems interacting with other small pets.

Griffons make an easy and lovable companion for any family.
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