Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed description: Character & Co

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


What are the breed characteristics of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?

He is a small sleuth dog that has won the hearts of millions. Although the dog breed seems very cute at first glance, they are actually tough hunters bred for a specific purpose: hunting small game in the rugged terrain of the Vendeen region of France. The breed is known for its cheerful and outgoing nature.

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Alternate Name PBGV, Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)
Origin France
Life expectancy 8 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Scent hounds
AKC group Hound Group
KC group Hound Group

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What are typical character traits of the PBGV?

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is adaptable and affectionate and can live well in an apartment. However, they have a high energy level and therefore need plenty of exercise. They can also be stubborn, so they need consistent training with lots of positive reinforcement. In addition to their charmingly tousled appearance, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen have a delightful personality. They are active, curious, always in a good mood, and very intelligent dogs. They are affectionate dogs that need and seek human attention. They usually get along very well with children, other dogs and pets if they are properly socialized. If you can provide this dog with plenty of exercise and care, you will be rewarded with a loving companion for the whole family.


What are typical Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen diseases?

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they are prone to certain health conditions. Not all Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen get any or all of these diseases, but it is important to be aware of them if you are considering this breed. When buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you the health certificates of both of your puppy's parents. Health certificates prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a specific disease. The following diseases may be present:

  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Pain Syndrome: This is a very unsightly condition that affects dogs 6 to 18 months old. Symptoms include bouts of pain, fever and/or listlessness. The intensity of the pain varies from very mild in some dogs to quite severe in others. Some dogs suffer from only one attack, but most affected dogs have several. Most dogs outgrow the problem, but some may suffer permanent complications
  • Epilepsy: This is a not very researched condition where dogs suffer seizures for no apparent reason. Some affected dogs have only one or a few seizures in their entire life, while some animals have seizures regularly. There are medications for epilepsy that usually work well.
  • Allergies: In Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dogs, allergies are most visible as chronic inflammation of the ears or in the form of reddened paws or armpits. In addition to these non-specific allergies, this dog breed can suffer from food allergies, flea bite allergies, grass mite allergies, and vaccination reactions.
  • Patellar Luxation and Hip Dysplasia: Patellar luxation and hip dysplasia are caused by abnormal development of the knee and hip joints, respectively. Patellar luxation, also called patellar displacement, is more common than hip dysplasia in Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. Both can lead to lameness and arthritis in old age.

What to consider when breeding Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen?

If you plan to breed, you should only do so with animals that are in good health. You will need plenty of time for the dogs, enough space and sufficient funds to provide the expensive health care for the animals.

Where can I find breeders?

There are reliable breeders of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen all over Germany. It is best to contact the VDH for further information.

How much does a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen cost?

Depending on the pedigree a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen puppy costs 800 Euro or more. Top matings bring it even to 2,000 euros.

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Its coat is of medium length and has curly hair. They have two layers of fur, with the undercoat being very dense and fluffy. The coat color is white with yellow, orange, black, sable or tri-colored or markings.

What is the size of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen?

Males and females grow between 33 and 45 cm.

How much does a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen weigh?

They weigh 15 to 20 kilograms, depending on the sex.

How old does a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen become?

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen live for about 8 to 14 years.

Fur length medium
Fur rough-haired
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy hefty
Size ♀ 33 - 40 cm
Weight ♀ 15 - 20 kg
Size ♂ 33 - 45 cm
Weight ♂ 15 - 20 kg
Suitable For -


  • Allergies

    Can occur in a number of breeds, regardless of genetic makeup.

  • Epilepsy

    Definition: Dog has epilepsy if, for example, at least two epileptic seizures occur more than 24 hours apart.

  • Patellar luxation

    Patellar luxation is the term used to describe a displacement of the kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs.

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