As the name suggests, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed dogs are small sized dogs. They are also known as Little Griffon Vendeen Basset dogs. These lively and courageous dogs were earlier used to hunt rabbits and other small game. The breed is quite popular in its native region, France but comparatively rare in the United States.
The analysis of the breed’s name itself gives a lot of clues about it. For instance, Petit means small, Basset means low to ground, Griffon means wire coated and Vendeen is the region of France where the breed originated.
The breed is believed to have been developed from large sized Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs are characterized by a double coat and tend to be more comfortable in cooler climates.
Characterized by a body that is longer than it is tall, these dogs look quite similar to Basset Hounds. However, they have longer hair coat. They have somewhat long eyebrows, moustache and beard. The oval shaped eyes are large and dark in color.
The low set ears are covered with hair and tend to fold forwards. The nose, consisting of wide nostrils, is large in size and black in color. The medium length, strong, tapering and high set tail is well furnished with hair.
Color: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen hair coat is primarily white with markings of colors like lemon, sable, orange, black, grizzle or tricolor.
Height: The average height of Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog breed is generally 13 to 15 inches.
Weight: Both male as well as female Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens usually weigh about 31 to 40 pounds.
This dog breed is relatively healthy and hardy. Still, some dogs may be prone to glaucoma, blindness and other hereditary eye abnormalities like retinal folds and persistent pupillary membranes.
They are also susceptible to aseptic meningitis, neck pain, hypothyroidism, ear infections, food allergies, skin allergies etc. Though to a lesser extent still, these dogs are vulnerable to Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation and Seizure Disorders.
Life Expectancy: These scenthounds tend to live 11 to 14 years or even more.
Litter Size: The average litter size of Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog breedis about 5 puppies.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen grooming requires weekly brushing and combing of the thick hair coat to remove loose hair. Regular brushing can help control shedding to some extent. The double hair coat consists of rough and wiry outer coat followed by soft and dense under coat.
While choosing the grooming products, you can opt for a pin brush to maintain the hair coat in perfect condition. In addition, check and clean the eyes and ears, trim the hair between paw pads and clip the dog’s nails on a regular basis. Also, brush his teeth periodically to avoid periodontal issues. However, you do not need to bathe the dog too frequently.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen temperament is friendly, fun loving, inquisitive, playful, bold, outgoing and intelligent. However, these dogs can be stubborn and strong willed at times. They are neither timid nor aggressive.
These cheerful dogs are good with kids and playful with other pets in the house but should be specifically supervised around non canine pets because of their strong hunting instincts. They are alert but friendly with strangers, thus they can not be entrusted with watchdog duties.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppies should be trained and socialized right from the beginning to keep them disciplined. Though mischievous still, these loving dogs are always willing to please their owners and make excellent companion dogs. Leaving a cheerful Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen alone for a long time can give rise to separation anxiety.
These active and exuberant dogs require moderate amount of physical exercise. Hence, they need to be taken for daily walks and provided with ample space in at least a small sized yard for play.
Make sure the yard is properly fenced, with fence buried deep in the ground as Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs are considered as extremely clever escape artists because of their excellent digging talent. Needless to add, do not allow your lovely dog off lead or else the dog may shoot off on an expedition following his nose.
These boisterous dogs are active indoors and do well in apartment situation as long as their activity needs are fulfilled sufficiently. They tend to become restless and engage in destructive activities like chewing, digging, barking etc when not provided with adequate physical and mental stimulation.
Therefore, it would be a good idea to get your beloved doggy some chew toysto keep him engaged. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog breed is considered more suitable for experienced dog owners with active lifestyle.