The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, also called as Small Vendeed Basset or simply PBGV, is a breed of small, compact dog that originated in France. It belongs to the hound breed family which is recognized for their exceptional hunting skills emphasized by their strong scenting power, excellent speed, and great stamina. PBGVs have been bred to hunt animals such as hare and rabbits. Their double coat is long and harsh outside, and short and thick underneath. Its coat color is predominantly white with a combination of orange, lemon, sable, black, grizzle, or tricolor patterns.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed normally stand a height of 13 to 15 in at the withers, and weigh 31 to 40 lbs.
PBGVs, in general, are cheerful, friendly, and funny pets. They are self-assured, curious, and intelligent. They are easy to train, and are very eager to please their owner. The breed is a delightful bugger that is alert, bold, and lively. PBGVs like to explore and may need firm yet gentle human leadership. They relate well with other canines, but are rarely trusted around small, non-canine animals. The breed tends to get along well with children, and is somewhat friendly toward strangers. To keep PBGV pets from becoming destructive, ample mental and physical stimulation as well as strong leadership have to be provided.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs are not demanding when it comes to coat care. Their harsh wiry coat only needs to be brushed on a regular basis to prevent mats. Stripping their hair occasionally may be necessary to get rid of dead hair. PBGVs rarely shed a lot. To keep the breed tidy, trimming their long hair at the bottom of their paws may be necessary.
Members of the PBGV breed are prone to a few health complications. These include pupillary membranes, hypothyroidism, hip and elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, luxating patella, and neck problems. Nevertheless, with proper attention, diet, and nutrition, the breed can live for as long as 12 to 14 years.
Because of the breed’s tendency to bark and howl a lot, they are not suited for apartment living. Besides, they are hyperactive dogs that need a lot of exercise. Handlers are advised not to allow the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen pets to exercise off-leash since they are likely to chase after small animals. Because the breed likes to dig their way out of the yard, owners also have to check the fenced yard once in a while. Taking the PBGVs on daily walks is recommended to keep them well-behaved.