Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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Commonly known as The PBGV or “Happy Hound”. They are the smallest of the four Griffon Vendeen Breeds originating from The Vendee area of France.

They are small, low to the ground scent hounds originally bred to hunt small game such as rabbit and hare and more recently as companion dogs.


The PBGV is a strong deep chested.

Their coat is harsh on top whereas the undercoat is thick; this coat is weather resistant. The coat length is medium to long and requires a good weekly grooming. The shedding of hair is minimal compared to other breeds. The occasional assistance of a professional groomer will help to maintain the coat. A number of people who suffer mild allergic reactions to dog fur seem to have less of a problem with the Petit Basset coat. The Petit Basset is well known for the characteristic hair over the eyebrows, their beard and moustache and for being a quite vocal dog.

The average height of both male and female is between 13’’ – 15’’.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not naturally obedient; they are energetic, stubborn, independent and need to be taught who is the master in the household. Continued socialisation and consistent training is required especially during their teenage stage. PBGVs need to have a secure garden as they can tend to become deaf and dumb once they get on a scent. They do need a fair amount of exercise and lots of opportunities to explore outside. Even if they have already explored their garden area they are always ready to re explore searching for new scents.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a dog full of life, affection and energy and is ideally suited to an active home. They enjoy the company of other dogs and children and generally enjoy to travel. They are welcoming of strangers and very willing to please. The PBGV love to sniff, trail and dig!

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen comes in a range of colours: white with any combination of lemon, orange, tri colours or grizzle markings.


The average lifespan is 9 – 15 years; they are quite hardy little dogs relatively free from hereditary and congenital problems however epilepsy is occurring in the breed, also the Bassett Griffon Vendeen Club has an eye testing programme as there are occurrences of Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG). All breeding stock should have the following eye tests before mating: Gonioscopy & Tonometry.