PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN
Known as the "Happy Breed". The PBGV is a known to be more stubborn than the basset hound but has tons of energy to spare. A good dog for an active family.
Temperament: Lively, Friendly, Extroverted, Active, Happy, Independent
Registerable with AKC, CKC, UKC
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is one of many small varieties of the French hounds that were developed long ago before the 16th century. 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. It is believed that is why they have their wire type coat. 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.Even still today the PBGV is not considered a popular breed and has been classified on the rare breed list for many years. This is in large part due to the PBGV community which has been known to be very selective and discriminatory towards those they will sell to. Owners of the PBGV not in the small group of "approved" homes often outcasted. This is why you rarely see this breed commonly out anywhere you go in the United States. Most find the PBGV community less welcoming than the popular basset hound's community. In 1907, when the Club du Basset Griffon Vendéen was formed, the same breed standard was used for both the Petit and Grand Basset Griffon, with the only difference being size. Often, both types were born in the same litter (the large and the small Griffons). In 1909, the club clarified the distinction of the standard to recognize two types of Basset Griffons. The Petit was to be 13 to 15 inches tall and the Grand was to be 15 to 17 inches tall.