Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Overview
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or PBGV hails from the Vendee region of France and are one of the oldest breed varieties. There are four Vendeen breeds including the Grand, Briquette, Grand Basset and Petit Basset. The PBGV is both the smallest and lowest to the ground breed.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Characteristics
The low to the ground and small body of the PBGV makes them excellent at what they do best, hunting foxes and rabbits. They are alert, lively hounds and have a driving passion for hunting. The PBGV has a similar appearance to other Vendeen hounds, but has a more elongated body.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament
PBGVs are friendly, happy dogs. While they have a passion for hunting, they are also very happy being a part of the family. They are calm dogs, though still enthusiastic, and do well with all people, including children of all ages. Due to their hunting nature, they may need socialization if around other pets.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Care
The lifespan of the PBGV is 12 to 15 years, typical for dogs of his size. Some health concerns include aseptic meningitis (not caused by bacterial infection), glaucoma, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and ear infections. Proper care can help reduce the incidence of these diseases.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Coat
The PBGV is naturally shagging looking and should not be trimmed to keep this look. The double coat should be brushed or combed frequently to keep it free of mats. He may require professional grooming if in the show ring, however, family pets can get by just fine with only regular brushing.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Training
Like most hounds, the PBGV is independent. While is intelligent and will learn quickly, the PBGV has to be the one to decide he is ready to learn. Reward or other motivation-based training will help keep him more interested and eager to learn.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Activity
The PBGV is a hound through and through and enjoys getting to follow his nose on a scent. Time outdoors is important, and long walks are needed if he is not outdoors often. This is a breed that needs both mental stimulation through hunting or tracking, and physical activity to be kept happy and free of boredom.