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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a small (Petit), low (Basset), wire-haired (Griffon) scent hound with a strong, deep chest. The weatherproof coat is rough and harsh on top with a thick undercoat. The muzzle is short, the jaws strong and the teeth should come together in a scissor-like bite. The eyes are large and dark and have no white. They have very longhaired eyebrows. The hairy ears are long and fall well below the eye level. The elbows are close to the body and they have a level topline. The tail should be set high and is very hairy. The coat should be rough and not be trimmed for showing. They are 50% longer than they are tall.

Temperament PBGVs are happy dogs that love to be active. They are energetic and independent but can have their own agenda. They need a strong owner who will let them know who is top dog. They can be stubborn and independent but are always willing to please. They get along well with children, strangers and other dogs. They should not be trusted with non-canine pets. This breed can be a bit of an escape artist, jumper and a digger. Keep this breed busy as they can "create" their own entertainment. This dog can be crate trained.
Height, Weight Height: 13-15" ; Weight: 31-40 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to eye abnormalities, glaucoma and some blindness. Minor health concerns include aseptic meningitis, epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia and patellar luxation.
Living Conditions PBGVs will do well living in an apartment if they get enough exercise. They are active indoors and prefer cooler climates. They should not be let off their lead because their hunting instinct is too strong. One scent and he is off on the chase. They need a secure fenced area. Remember they are diggers and will go under the fence.
Exercise This breed needs moderate amounts of daily exercise. Only let this dog off his lead in a safe area.
Life Expectancy 14 or more years
Grooming This breed's coat should be thick and casual looking. Brush or comb weekly. Check often for matting and only bathe when necessary. They shed little or no hair. Check ears for excess hair and clip nails regularly. Trim hair on the pads.
Origin The PBGV has its origin in the Vendee region of France. The hounds of Vendee are some of the oldest varieties, bred directly from the white southern Hound with crosses to rough-coated dogs reportedly from Italy. Crosses also occurred to the Griffon Nivernais. One of the first breeders was a king's recorder (clerk) in the 15th century. This breed is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Scenthound