Petit Bassset Griffon Vendeen Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is generally abbreviated to PBGV and in the short time he has been in the UK – only since 1969 – he has made a lot of friends. One of the short-legged Basset breeds, bas being French for low, he is a busy little dog with his nose firmly fixed to the ground in search of a scent. Created in the Vendee region of Western France he is notably smaller than his cousin the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen.
In height he ranges from 33 – 38cm and weighs between 31 – 40lbs. He is a solid little dog, but very well-balanced and sound and can keep going for as long as is required. The coat is rough and harsh to the touch with a thick undercoat; the show Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen should never be trimmed. The coat needs a weekly brush through with a slicker brush and a comb around the beard to remove accumulated debris. The base colour of the coat is white with any combination of lemon, orange, tricolour or grizzle markings. His long eyebrows give him a comical expression and this is certainly part of his character; the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a happy, extrovert hound who fits in extremely well with a busy young family.
In the nicest possible sense he conveys the impression of being a bit of a scruff; quite lacking in vanity he has no problem scuffling through the autumn leaves and bringing a selection back into the house. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has something of a tendency to be vocal, but as long as that is discouraged there is little to find fault with in this happy little dog.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.