Petit Basset Griffon Vandeen

Breed Details


Exercise Requirements:

Grooming Requirements:


15-20 kg (approx)

Life Span:

12-14 years (approx)


Nicknamed the PBGV it has a rough, scruffy outline and distinctive long eyebrows, beard, and moustache. They are generally 13 to 15 inches tall, and their bodies are longer than they are tall. PBGVs were bred to hunt small game, such as rabbits, in rough terrain.

The PBGV's coat is moderately long, and harsh to the touch. They are a double-coated breed, and the undercoat is thick and soft. The coat colour is white with any combination of lemon, orange, black, sable, tricolour, or grizzle markings.


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is one of many small varieties of the French hounds that were developed long ago. The PBGV can be traced back to the 16th century. His name is descriptive with "petit" meaning small, "basset" meaning low to the ground, "griffon" meaning wire-haired, and "vendeen" referring to the part of France where the breed originated. This area of France is on the country's western coast and is known for being a tough environment with a lot of thick underbrush, rocks, and brambles. Although the breed had been in existence for centuries, breeders didn't standardize the breed type until the last part of the 1800s. The official breed standard was adopted in 1898. At that time, they were called the Basset Griffon Francais.


The PBGV is known as the "happy breed." This breed enjoys life and people. He is enthusiastic and good-natured. The PBGV is also an active breed. Unlike some other hounds in his group (Basset, for example) that are typically laid back, the PBGV is busy and requires an active owner to keep him occupied.

PBGVs can be wilful, but they are generally so charming about it that you end up laughing instead of scolding them. If you want him to be well-trained, you'll need to be patient and firm.


The PBGV's coat is rough, medium-long, and harsh to the touch, while his undercoat is thick, soft, and short. He has long eyebrows that stick out so they don't obscure the eyes, and the ears are covered with long hair. They also have long hair around their mouths, forming a beard and moustache. Their tails have quite a bit of hair, too. Overall, the PBGV has a casual, tousled appearance.

Grooming is a cinch. PBGVs need to be brushed at least once a week to remove loose and dead hair and control shedding. You should bathe your PBGV only when needed. The toenails need to be trimmed periodically, and ears checked and cleaned as needed. No trimming is necessary.


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