Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (Hound Group)
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, a breed most popular in France, is a highly affectionate and playful dog that – although gives the appearance of being a wire-coated Basset hound – is a breed all on its own. They are always on the lookout for fun and games and will stay busy to keep up with its high energy levels.
These dogs were made to trail and even today they have an insatiable desire to roam the great outdoors to sniff and explore. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is very friendly, even towards strangers and other dogs. They are also wonderful around children and makes an excellent watchdog.
A Brief History Of The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or as most often referred to as the “PBGV” for short, is actually new on the scene to the American Kennel Club. However, they have been around since the 16th century, with its roots in France, used to trail hare.
The breed’s name is long, but a very reliable description of the dog:
– Petit meaning “small”
– Basset meaning “low”
– Griffon meaning “rough coated”
– Vendeen being the dog’s area of origin in France.
Vendeen is a land full of rocky terrain and thick brush, perfect for the hunting abilities of the PBGV. These dogs could push through thorns, slide through the underbrush, and chase rabbits to the end, all without getting tired until the job was done. In 1990 the AKC recognized the breed and ever since that year the number of proud owners of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has increased tremendously.
Upkeep Requirements For The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not the type of dog to keep lying around the house all couped up. They are true busy-bodies at heart and will only be happy when exploring and picking up a scent. However, several brisk walks on the leash and some laps around the yard should do the trick.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dogs are not meant to live outdoors entirely, but can spend plenty of time outside. Living arrangements for the breed should be equally divided between having access to the outside yard during the day and coming inside at night to sleep with the rest of the family. Grooming requirements call for a thorough brushing about once per week to remove dead hairs.
The average lifespan for the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is between eleven and fourteen years. There are no major health issues to worry about. Minor health problems that run common in the breed include hypothyroidism, meningitis, intervertebral disk disease, epilepsy, and patellar luxation. Veterinarians suggest that these dogs get specifically tested for hip and eye problems.