Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFrance flagFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have?
Petit Basset Griffon VendéenSmall Vendeen Basset
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?
$1200-$1600
If you choose to purchase the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen? How many Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen are there in the world?
Frequent: The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Size

Size
Is a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen small, medium or large dog?

How big do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen weigh? How much should the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?
31-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?
35.5 pounds (16 kg)
Height
How tall is the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen? Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen height:
13-15 inches (34-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?
14 inches (36 cm)

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
WiryShaggy
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen's coat?
Black & TanWhite & GrayWhite & OrangeWhite & BlackWhite Black & Tan
Grooming
How to groom the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and how often?
Average: The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen every day?
8-12 weeks
Very rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyIndependentIntelligentExtrovertedHappyLively
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen? Is the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen a good family dog?
High: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen need? Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen social needs:
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen bark?
Average to High: The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen? How much bite force does a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen do?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have high prey drive?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen temperament with other people:
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs get along with other pets? Are Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen temperament with children:
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed live with a cat?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs get along with other dogs?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens good office dogs? Do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens make good office friendly dogs? Can Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens be office dogs?
No
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen temperament with senior people? Are Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs good for elderly owners?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are usually recommended for elderly people.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen see the vet?
Rare
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs live? How old can a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be? What is the age limit of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen? How many years can the oldest Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?

14-16 years
The average lifespan of Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen: 15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed hypoallergenic?
No
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have? What is the activity level of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen need? How much exercise do Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs require per day?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed need?
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen? How much food should I feed my Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen drool?
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be a boat dog?

Not really

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have in a litter? How many puppies can the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen have? How many puppies can a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen give birth to?
4-5 puppies

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Recognition

AKC Group
Is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1990 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryAustralian National Kennel CouncilCanadian Kennel ClubFederation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Child Friendly: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen History

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is one of the many varieties of the French hounds that were developed multiple centuries ago. Historical evidence suggests that the breed can be traced back to the 16th century. The PBGV’s name is descriptive in French with the words; “petit” meaning small, “basset” meaning low to the ground, “griffon” meaning wire-haired, and “vendéen” referring to the part of France where the breed is originated from. Vendéen is an area of France which is on the country’s coast and is known for being a tough environment with a lot of thick underbrush, brambles, and rocks. The dogs’ rough coat was purpose-bred in order to protect them from these harsh natural surroundings. Even the rakish eyebrows, beard, and mustache were not created to increase their cuteness, but in order to protect sensitive areas of their face from thorns and thicket.

Despite the fact that the breed had been existing for centuries, breeders did not standardize the breed type until the late 1800s, and at that time they were called the Basset Griffon Français. Paul Dezamy, the first president of the newly formed Club du Basset Griffon Vendéen of France, in the early 20th century, created a standard description for the breed. However, this early standard both included the Petit and the Grand Basset Griffons since they both came from the same litters at the time. In 1909, the two sizes were finally got separated; a 13-15 inches tall and a 15-17 inches tall type of Basset Griffon. Hubert Dezamy, the grandson of Paul Dezamy, and the third president of the Club du Basset Griffon Vendéen of France rallied support to forbid the crossbreeding of the Petit and the Grand Basset Griffons, because of this recent interbreeding, litters today may still include puppies that have characteristics of both Grand and Petit Bassets.

Along with 27 other hound breeds, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is bred in France even today for their original purpose; to hunt game by scent. The variations in sizes within each breed allowed them to hunt different prey. The smallest among these 27 was the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, and it was created for the purpose to hunt hare and rabbit, while the largest, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, was used to pursue reindeer and wolves.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen made its debut in New York City in the United States in 1992. The breed’s club in America, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America was formed and founded at the AKC Show in Philadelphia in 1984. Not much later, by the end of 1985, the club’s membership had quickly grown from 11 to 50 members, because the breed found its fanciers overseas too. In 1991, the breed received full recognition by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and the PBGV was entered into the Hound group at that time.

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