The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, or PBGV, originates in the Vendéen district of France. He is a hound of the smaller variety descending from the much larger Griffon Vendéen and dating back to the 16th century. Although you may think it, he is not related to the Basset Hound. His name translates to a perfect self description: small, low to the ground, rough/wire coated dog from Vendéen. He was developed to use his nose to scent out rabbit and game birds.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1990.

Sizing up


  • Weight: 25 to 42 lbs.
  • Height: 13 to 15 inches
  • Coat: Double coat, harsh, long and rough. Facial and leg hair are usually on the softer side.
  • Color: White with a combination of markings such as lemon, sable, black, orange, tricolor or grizzle.
  • Life expectancy: 10 to 14 years

What’s the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen like?
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a happy, excitable, and curious dog; maybe even a little too curious as he may run off after a tantalizing scent. A well-fenced yard is highly recommended for this breed. 

He is no slouch, and if you don’t take him for walks or humor him with some fun activities he will badger you until you do. Who could blame him though? 

He loves his family and is great with older children.

The PBGV is known to make his own decisions at times. Start obedience training early, and keep him engaged. Always use a calm and positive tone and a nice treat every now and then when he’s done something right. It is also important to be consistent and show him you’re in control!

You might think grooming your PBGV would take a long time, but it doesn’t. He actually should look a little disheveled, that’s what makes him so cute! Brush his coat about once a week to remove any tangles or dead hair, make sure his facial hair is out of his eyes, and grooming’s all done!

These conditions are worth watching out for in the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, though he is generally a healthy dog: 

Elbow dysplasia


Luxating patella


Takeaway points

  • The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is well suited to a family with older children.
  • The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen follows his nose, so always keep your eye on him!
  • The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen can be adaptable to (almost) any living quarters.
  • The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen would make a great companion for someone who loves doing things outdoors.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Reviewed on: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014