Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
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Breed Registries:


Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Origin:

France

Height:

13 ½ to 15 inches (34 to 38 cm) - not more than 15 ½ inches at the withers.

Breed Profile:

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen (PBGV for short) is the smallest of four breeds of rough-coated French hounds. His history can be traced back to the 16th century as a popular scent hound developed to hunt small game over rough and difficult terrain. His name in French reveals much about him: "petit" — small, "basset" — low to the ground, "griffon" — rough-coated, and Vendéen being the area in France where the breed originated.

He is an active, alert, curious, happy, independent yet eager to please dog. He is very intelligent, affectionate, and requires human companionship. This is a busy hunting hound who requires lots of outdoor exercise and today, PBGVs are seen successfully competing in Obedience, Tracking, Agility as well as the show ring. They have also been used to work as Therapy dogs and Search and Rescue Dogs.

The PBGV coat is rough, harsh to the touch and moderately long. He wears a beard, moustache and long eyebrows giving him a tousled appearance. His colouring is white with any combination of lemon, orange, black, tri-colour or grizzle markings.

Health Issues

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is known as a very healthy breed with an average life span of 14 years or more. However, like all breeds of dogs, they are subject to some health problems. Some of the conditions seen in the breed include: Neck Pain Syndrome, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Heart Murmurs, and some Eye Diseases.

If you are considering the adoption of a PBGV puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

The PBGV's coat requires weekly brushing to remove loose and dead hair and to help control shedding. Nails should be clipped regularly and the long hair on the bottom of the feet should be kept trimmed. Ears must be kept free of excess hair and wax and teeth should be brushed regularly.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

Training Tools & Equipment
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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More