Dog Breeds: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog is a cute scent hound that might be deceiving from its looks. Behind that look of cuteness, lies a tough hunter that was designed to hunt small game in the Vendeen Region of France.


This Basset can be traced back to the 16th century. He is part of a group of small hounds developed many years ago in France. Vendeen, the French region where these dogs would roam, is characterized by the rough terrain and tough environment that includes rocks and thick underbrush.

The AKC officially recognized this hound in 1990.

Physical characteristics

When you look at a PBGV, you think of a rough and not refined dog. The distinguishing physical traits of this dog are the short legs, a solid bone structure and a body slightly long as it is tall. The name of the dog plays him justice in describing him. Petit is small“, Basset means “low to the ground” and Griffon means “wire-haired.”


Dogs from this breed really enjoy life and always have a smile on their face. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog is actually known as a happy dog. Unlike Bassets, this dog is not laid back but actually pretty active and needs to always stay busy.

He makes a great watchdog since he will bark at anything or anyone that moves. These dogs actually love to bark.

Caring for a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog

These dogs can do well in an apartment. It is a perfect-sized dog that will walk around the house or the apartment looking for something to do.

Keep in mind that they prefer cool temperatures, so take your precautions if you have scorching temperature outside. This is a hound, so leaving him outside unleashed is a terrible idea.


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog is pretty willful and has to be busy all the time. Training will require some patience on your side. Make sure you provide a strong and firm leadership to make training easier.

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