Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Breed Description +

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are active, alert, vocal, and usually friendly. They enjoy participating in dog sports such as agility, tracking, and both rally and standard obedience as sport that provide physical and mental stimulation while they bond with their families. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens can also bond with people by being search and rescue or animal-assisted therapy dogs. Because Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have a reputation as being a good family dog, they can be around children; however, as with all dogs, extremely close supervision is needed to prevent accidental injury to the dog and its subsequently developing fear- based defensive aggression. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have been described as stubborn, which increases the importance of using motivational tools such as treats and favorite toys in a reward-based approach to training. Possible undesirable traits derived from the breed's hunting background include chasing wildlife, digging, and barking.
  • AKC Name:

    Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

  • Common Name(s):

    PBGV, Petits, Griffs, Roughies

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  • Observed Weight:

    31 - 40 lb


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 13 - 15 in


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of the many small varieties of French hound. The breed’s origins can be traced back to the sixteenth century to the Griffon Vendeen, the breed’s larger, more powerful ancestor. This small hunting dog has a good personality, but it is important to remember that the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is, first and foremost, a hound developed to hunt small game. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of the few breeds that are still bred today to serve their original purpose. An official breed standard for the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was set in 1947. In 1975, cross-breeding with the larger variety of the Grande Basset Griffon Vendeen became prohibited. The first Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was introduced into the United States in 1973 and the breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991.

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