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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 13" - 15"
  • Weight
  • 25-40 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • White / Black
    • White / Orange
    • White / Yellow
    • Tri-color (white/tan/black)
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen originated in the Vendeen region of France.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1700's.


The PBGV was developed as a trailing scent hound in the La Vendee disrtict of France. This is the most common of four griffon Vendeen breeds. It is a descendant of the griffon Vendeen and is believed to have originated as long ago as the sixteenth century. It has gained popularity as a companion dog, especially in the U.S.


This is a medium size, sturdy, rectangular shaped dog. The head is twice as long as it is wide. It has large, dark eyes with long eyebrows and a black nose. The long drop ears fold inward as they fall. The neck is long, the chest is deep, and the legs short. The long tapered tail is held like a saber. It is double coated, with a long, rough outer coat and a beard and mustache. It is white with lemon, orange, black, tricolor, or grizzle markings.


The PBGV is a very outgoing, fun loving, and enthusiastic dog. It is intelligent and eager to please; active and energetic. It gets along with almost everyone, including children and other dogs.


This dog was used as a hunter and as a companion. Today it is primarily a companion.

Health Concerns

Aseptic meningitis, epilepsy, eye problems, heart murmur, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas.

Additional Information

This breed does best with an active owner or family in a rural or suburban home.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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