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The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens' name tells you a lot about this breed: they're from the Vendéen region of France; they're small; they're short and close to the earth (as are many scenthounds); and they have rough or wiry coats. What that translation doesn't tell you is that the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen — called PBGVs by breed lovers — just might be the happiest dog on earth.
Originally from France, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 25-40 pounds and lives an average of 14-16 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Hound group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Companion
Breed Group: Hound
Average Lifespan: 14-16 years
Bark Factor: I love to talk!
Energy level A marathoner
Exercise needs 30-45 minutes per day
Playfullness and Games All day, every day
Attachment to People Never leave my side
Behavior with Other Dogs I like being part of a pack
Behavior with Other Small Pets I may be ok, when socialized early and often
Behavior Toward Strangers I've never met a stranger I don't like
Trainability I love to please
Watchdog ability I know all that's going on, all the time
Protection ability I'm not very protective
Grooming needs Easy maintenance, brushes and baths
Cold tolerance I'll probably need a jacket in the cold
Heat tolerance A warm day can be fun, but not too hot please.
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
The confident Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen likes everybody: kids, pets, other dogs, strangers — you name it, and this playful pup will wag her tail for 'em. Their energy levels make them better playmates for older children, however.
WHAT IS PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN BEHAVIOR LIKE?
These are alert and vivacious dogs, built to run and keep on running. Leave plenty of time every day for these active pups to sniff around and explore. Find this dog something to do or she'll make her own fun.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens tend to be pretty vocal. In the hunting business, they say she has a good voice; your neighbors might be less than thrilled with her Christina Aguilera impression.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens are independent-minded but eager to please. This breed is relatively easy to train. They're curious and intelligent — hold their interest and use positive reinforcement; the rest is just practice, practice, practice.
You can't train the hunter out of this dog, though. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens aren't known for their reliable recall. You're better off keeping her on the leash unless you're in a well-fenced area.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEENS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
A Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen's double coat is long and rough; this dog will need a thorough brushing at least once a week. They're average shedders who require only an occasional bath.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEENS HAVE?
These are fairly robust dogs; most Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens are generally healthy. Some are prone to eye disease, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, intervertebral disk disease, slipping kneecaps, and hypothyroidism.
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ARE PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEENS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog like a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen!
WHAT IS A PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN'S BEST DAY?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens want to be outside chasing all the furry little creatures and smelling all the smells. If you can find her a large, fenced-in park to roam through, she'll be in doggy heaven.
SHOULD I ADOPT A PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN?
This breed is equally well-suited to warm and cold temperatures. But if you've never owned a dog before or you're looking for a snuggle-buddy, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is probably not your best match. These cheerful canine cannonballs will be happiest and healthiest with an active person or family who's up to the task of training and caring for them.
Have you decided that a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.