Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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23-25 lbs
10-12"
France
Little Griffon Vendéen Basset


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen's name is derived from the French language, meaning “small, low-frame, rough-coated”. The word “Vendéen” is a reference to the area in which the breed originated from. This breed originated from France as far back as the 1700s. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is also known as the little griffon Vendéen basset, which is another descriptive name for the breed. The average lifespan of this breed ranges from 11 to 14 years, he weighs an average of 25 to 35 pounds, and stands between 13 and 15 inches tall. Any height over 15 inches tall would be considered a fault, according to AKC standards. Its original purpose was to trail hare outdoors. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is always ready for adventure and loves to dig and bark. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is considered low maintenance and requires weekly brushing and regular nail trimming for grooming.

Purpose
Hunting
Date of Origin
1700s
Ancestry
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Health

Average Size
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 25-27 lbs
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 23-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Spinal Issues
  • Chondrodysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Congenital Heart Defect
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • MRI
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Neurological Examination
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Genetic Testing
  • Angiocardiography

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed History

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen's name originates from France, where the breed itself originated from in the 1700s. The name means “small, low-frame, rough-coated” in French. The word “Vendéen” is a reference to the area in which the breed originated from. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen descended from a combination of St. Hubert, the Italian Hound, and the “King's White” Grand Griffon. The breed was originally developed in order to hunt rabbits. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is related to the Basset Hound and the Dwarf Grand Basset. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen was shown as a wire-coated Basset Hound in the mid-1800s. The breed was originally developed to be able to hunt game by scent. However, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen was known for its agility. In 1947, a breeder by the name of Paul Dezamy began to further develop the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. Dezamy was also the first president of the newly founded Club du Basset  Vendéen. Dezamy was also credited with having developed the first standard for the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. In the 1950s, the Societé de Venerie published a book of standards in which the breed was defined by its own standard and considered a separate breed. In 1984, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America was founded. In 1990, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen became officially recognized by the AKC. In 1991, the breed became eligible to compete at AKC-licensed shows. While the breed was originally bred for the purpose of hunting in France, it gained popularity in the US as a companion dog. There is not much information regarding the breed in popular media.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed Appearance

The  Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has a naturally messy-looking coat. He is half as long as he is tall and is agile for his size. He has an expression of alertness and an observant gaze. His expression remains friendly and intelligent. The ears hang close to the face and his tail is held high. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen maintains a scruffy appearance due to his long eyebrows and beard. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has a rough, wiry coat with a soft undercoat which provides warmth in cold weather. Colors range between black and tan, white and black, white and gray, white and grizzle, white and lemon, white and orange, white and sable, white black and tan, and fawn. His eyes are large and dark with some oval shape.  The neck of this canine is long and strong and flows into the shoulders. His stance is muscular as well as compact and the chest is deep with a prominent sternum. The tail is supplemented with hair and the hocks are short and well-angulated with feet that are straight to the front and pointed ahead.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
White
Gray
Sable
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed Maintenance

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen requires weekly brushing with a hard bristle brush in order to remove any loose hairs. It is recommended to bathe this breed every 6 to 8 weeks in order to maintain cleanliness. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is not hypoallergenic and is a moderate shedder. This breed does not have any significant odor. It is recommended that the nails to be trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks and for the teeth to be brushed weekly. This sprightly dog is quite an active one and requires fast-paced activity as well as intensive exercise. Since this breed relies on his hunting instinct, it is important to observe your dog while outside to prevent him from roaming off. Able to jump a good distance and to continuously dig into the ground, this lively character would fare best in a home with a large yard in order to provide an outlet for his enthusiasm. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen can reside in a versatile climate as his coat helps protect against more extreme weather. This breed requires a routine diet which will vary depending on particular needs.

Brushes for Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Pin Brush
Comb
Hemostat
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a breed with a sense of adventure. Curious and fiercely independent, he loves to be able to run around and use up his energy by following his nose. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen enjoys being the center of attention. This breed will usually get along well with children as long as he is trained to be accompanied by them. This breed loves to be with his family in general and will enjoy being part of one. As long as he is provided with early socialization, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen will accept strangers into his life. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen will also tolerate other animals as long as he is taught early on to be able to accept them. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is relatively challenging to train as he is intelligent and can become stubborn if allowed to become bored. It is important to provide this breed with lots of positive reinforcement so that he can be trained appropriately.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Owner Experiences

LITO
9 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
SHE IS ADORABLE BUT VERY NAUGTHY
3 months ago
Frank
4 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Love it ! It has been trying at times when he got out of the yard at first but now he has calmed down and he is relaxed and enjoys being outside in the yard and has a playmate he takes walks with.
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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