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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen - Breed Profile:

Origin: France
Colors: White with markings
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker

Physical characteristics

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small (Petit), low (Basset), wire-haired (Griffon), French (from the Vendeen region) scent hound with shaggy eyebrows, beard and mustache. The body is about 50% longer than tall; it is compact, muscular, and well-boned. The topline is level. The chest is rather deep, with moderately rounded ribs. The head is in good balance to the rest of the body. Viewed from the front, the skull is domed and somewhat oval. The stop is well-defined. The large nose is black, with wide nostrils. The teeth should meet in a scissor or level bite. The lower jaw is strong and well-developed. The dark eyes are large and slightly oval. The hanging ears are narrow, supple, and well-covered with hair. They fold inward and end in an oval shape. The tapering tail is carried high and alert. The gait is free and full of good movement.
The PBGV weighs 30 to 38 pounds. The height is 13 to 15 inches.


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is cheerful, friendly and always very busy exploring the surroundings. This dog is rather comical to watch. Intelligent, confident and independent, yet has a desire to please. Can be wilful with diffident and meek owners. Bold and lively, the PBGV needs firm and consistent human leadership. This dog is a renowned digger, jumper and escape artist. Being a pack animal, the PBGV is generally good with other dogs but should not be trusted with non-canine pets. However, it can get along well with cats if raised with them from puppyhood. Proper socialization is necessary at an early age. This breed is good with children and fairly friendly with strangers.

Coat and grooming

The coat is long, naturally looking, harsh, and wiry. The undercoat is short and thick. The shaggy eyebrows, beard and moustache are the breed's distinctive features. The ears and the tail are well furnished with hair. The overall look of the coat is casual and tousled. The colour is white with any combination of lemon, orange, black, sable, tricolor or grizzle markings. Thorough weekly brushing is necessary to prevent matting.


The PBGV is generally a healthy and hardy breed. Like all dogs with hanging ears, they are prone to ear infections. Some PBGVs have proven allergic to insecticides. The lifespan is 10 to 12 years.

Other interesting facts

The PBGV was bred down in size from the larger Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. The two breeds had been cross-bred until 1975. Because of this, today puppies can vary in size even if they are born in the same litter.