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AKC Meet the Breeds: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

Definitely not a hairy Basset Hound, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or PBGV's, name in French reveals much about him: Petit: small; Basset: low to the ground; Griffon: rough or wire coated, and Vendeen: the area of France from which he originated. A scent hound, the PBGV is bold and alert with a strong, tapered tail carried like a saber. His long, rough coat should appear casual and tousled. Coat colors include white with any combination of lemon, orange, black, sable, tricolor or grizzle markings, providing easy visibility in the field.

A Look Back

One of many small varieties of the French hounds, the PBGV can be traced to the 16th century and to the Griffon Vendeen, his larger, more powerful ancestor. He was developed to hunt small game such as rabbit and hare over the difficult terrain found in the Vendeen region.

Right Breed for You?

Confident, happy and extroverted, the PBGV is best suited to the active, experienced dog owner with older children and a well-fenced yard. The breed is not a couch potato and needs daily exercise -- if not, he may express his displeasure by using his "hound voice" or creating amusing diversions of his own. Although independent, he is still willing to please. If a PBGV possesses the correct harsh coat, he will require a thorough weekly brush out to stay in condition.

  • Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1990.
  • Ranging in size from 13 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Hare/rabbit hunter.

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