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Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit) Dog Breed Profile

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)

Other Names
Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
The PBGV is a member of the hound group. They are small, low to the ground scent hounds that are still used today for hunting small game, especially rabbit and hare, and as companion dogs. 
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50 per week
Feeding Requirements
These dogs are not very demanding concerning feeding, but as puppies they do require an adequate diet for the first year of growth. 
Other Expenses
Puppies will cost around £400. These are normally hardy little dogs with low veterinary costs being expected. 
9 - 15 years
The average lifespan of the PBGV is between 12 to 14 years. 
Average Litter Size
Litter sizes are, on average, between 4 to 6 puppies. 
General Physical Description
The PBGV is a small, strong deep chested scent hound. They are approximately 50% longer than they are tall. The coat is rough and harsh on top and the undercoat is thick, this coat is weather resistant. They are known for their characteristic hair over the eyebrows, beard and moustache. They are also quite vocal dogs.

Height Min Max
Bitch 33cm (13") 38cm (15")
Dog 33cm (13") 38cm (15")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 14kg (31lbs) 18kg (40lbs)
Dog 14kg (31lbs) 19kg (42lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Both dogs and bitches of the PBGV stand at 33-38cms at the withers. The dogs weigh between 14-19kgs and the bitches weigh between 14-18kgs. 
The PBGV appears to be a hardy, healthy dog, relatively free from hereditary and congenital problems. However epilepsy is occuring in the breed, but responsible, selective breeding has reduced the occurence.  
Common Ailments

Brain (Acquired) - Seizure (fit, epileptic fit) - Status epilepticus  
Susceptibility To Illness
The PBGV can be traced back to the 16th century. They originate from Vendee in the west countryside of France. The Griffon Vendeen is the larger ancestor of the PBGV. They were bred smaller to cope with the environment that they were used in, thick undergrowth. There are two varieties of the basset type of Griffon Vendeen, the Petit and the Grand. These two originally occured in the same litters, and it wasn't until the 1970's that the cross breeding of these two varieties was forbidden. In the 1950's the PBGV was given an official standard of its own. They arrived in England in 1969. Today these dogs are still used, as individuals or in packs, to hunt wild boar and to scent rabbit and hare.  
The PBGV is energetic and independent but they are not naturally obedient. They must be taught to know who is top dog in their family situation. They require consistent training and socialisation, especially throughout adolescence. They do need a secure garden as they will be off if they get the scent of small game. They are not a breed for the faint hearted, owners will need patience and tolerance. < 
Show Characteristics
The PBGV is a well balanced, short legged deep chested dog. The head should not be too wide and should appear oval when viewed from the front. They should have a relatively short muzzle, the jaws being strong with a perfect scissor bite. The eyes, with long haired eyebrows, should be large, dark with no white showing. The ears should be covered with long hair and fall well below eye level. The neck should be long and strong. The elbows should be close to the body, which is deep chested with a level topline. The tail should be set high with quite a lot of hair, and carried proudly. The coat should be rough and not trimmed for showing purposes, colourwise they must have a white ground colour.  
Country Of Origin
Famous Examples
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Overall Exercise
> 2 hours per day.
The PBGV requires plenty of exercise and lots of time outside. They are full of life and love hunting and other outdoor activities. They never seem able to sit still for long and so are ideally suited for active homes in the country.  
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
The PBGV is a happy go lucky little dog who loves to be kept active. They can be stubborn, independent and bold but they are always willing to please. They are not ideally suited to living in towns, the country life is for them. They get on well with other dogs, children and strangers.  
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
> Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
The PBGV does not require a lot of grooming, a weekly groom to remove dead hair and dirt should be sufficient. The areas around the mouth and bottom should be checked, and kept clean, on a regular basis, some trimming of these areas may be necessary. However for showing the coat should not be trimmed. 
The PBGV can be white with lemon, orange, black, tricolour or grizzle. 
Suffers From Allergies

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