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.
A Few Facts
- PBGVs are excellent hunting and tracking dogs
- The PBGV acts more like a terrier
- The PBGV is known as the “Happy Breed”.
- The breed is a variance of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
PBGVs are excellent hunting and tracking dogs. Just like all hound group breeds the PBGV can be trained but once they get a scent even the most well trained PBGV has been known to go after the scent. For this reason, the PBGV can be difficult to train. However, the PBGV makes a excellent companion and is know as the “Happy Breed”
They should have daily walks to burn off excess energy. They need to be brushed regularly, but not daily, to avoid matting and tangles. To keep the coat well groomed it must be stripped. Hairs must be pulled out of the coat using either a special stripping tool or the finger and thumb. The coat is shallow rooted and is made to come out if trapped, so this grooming method causes no pain. They need regular ear cleanings to prevent yeast infections and clipping of the claws is normally needed once or twice a month. This is not a breed that it is good to “cut down” their hair for a summer look. Doing a “summer look” attempt will ruin the PBGV coat. If you cannot properly groom this breed then it is not the breed for you.
The PBGV can be a picky eater. We recommend feeding them a lamb or fish based kibble or raw food diet. They will benefit from filtered water and daily vitamins as they are known for having hormonal imbalances if you breed them.
The PBGV is considered a small-medium sized dog breed. Thy ranges from 12.5 to 15.5 inches and weighs an average of 20-40 lbs but our PBGVs have been known to be as small as 11 lbs fully grown. You can also see PBGVs bigger than 40 lbs but do not confuse a big PBGV for a GBGV.
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