Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


"...their raggedy looks, small size, and sparky personality have won them many admirers. Though Basset is part of his name, he is not like a Basset Hound. He is more like a terrier; curious and busy, determined and smart. The Petits need plenty of exercise and attention.

"The Petit is a member of the Hound Group and was first recognized by the AKC in 1990.

"The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a scent hound, who uses its nose to hunt small game over rough and difficult terrain.

"Bold and vivacious in character, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has a good voice which he uses freely.

"The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a happy extroverted dog who is independent, but willing to please" (AKC).


"A bushy face with carefree stubble, perky ears, and a mischievous twinkle in the eye -- this is the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. "You can never have a bad day with a PBGV"...

"The PBGV is a scenthound...

"Fanciers trace the PBGV's origin to the 16th century and a larger, more powerful ancestor called the Grand Griffon. This breed was rough-coated and nearly as large as our present day Irish Wolfhound... The PBGV evolved in France over 400 years.. [in the] Vendeen area on the western coast of France...

"..the bassets hunted hare and feathered game... this hound of the Vendeen evolved in four sizes. They were the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, the Briquet, and the Griffon Vendeen... the most popular hunting dogs in France today.

"The name Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen reveals a great deal about this little fellow: petit - small; basset - low to the ground; griffon - rough (coat), and Vendeen - referring to that western coast of France between Brittany and Gasgony from which he hails...

"..flurry of imports in 1984 and 1985 that established the breed in this country... AKC admitted the breed into the Hound Group in 1991.

"The PBGV is a rough-coated breed. The protective outer coat is harsh to the touch and the war undercoat is soft and profuse. Proper grooming is important... tools needed are a stripping knife, nail clippers, and tweezers... "His coat is best maintained by hand plucking the dead undercoat"... Cut toenails weekly, and gently pluck hair from the ear canal to eliminate an easy source for infection... "The English call the PBGV the happy breed. He has a devil-may-care attitude... The PBGV shows enthusiasm for everyone and everything... "Besides being adorable, they are happy, playful, busy, a little independent and though very sweet, they can be slightly stubborn at times. They wag and are friendly toward anyone they meet...

"Because the breed has so much energy, it requires a good deal of exercise. Should he not have interesting things to do, he will find his own adventure by digging, chewing, and barking. Some owners find that keeping two dogs, not necessarily two PBGVs, helps...

"His independence means that training might take a bit longer than with other breeds, but most do want to please their master...

"..a few genetic faults have been noted.. finding a good breeder is important... retinal dysphasia.. [get] eye clearances... allergic reactions to various elements and routine vaccines... hypothyroidism and atopic dermatitis, breeders have started to do autoimmune thyroid clearances... some incidence of epilepsy.." (Steidel, Claire. "Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen." Dog World, Feb. 2004: 24-30).


Links:

PBGV Breed info
PBGV homepage
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America


Colby Glass, MLIS