Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a happy dog breed. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of four ancient rough-coated French hounds and an overall good hunting dog. PBGV for short is the smallest of four breeds of rough-coated French hounds.
A popular sporting hound dog in France, people use the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen chiefly to follow a scent and drive game, something it does with keenness and enthusiasm in the densest cover.
His name in French says much about him: petit meaning small, basset meaning low to the ground, griffon meaning rough-coated and Vendeen is the area of France where this dog breed originated. Introduced to the United States of America in the 1980s, the PBGV instantly attracted hordes of admirers.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament
Happy, extroverted, independent yet eager to please, it’s no wonder the PBGV quickly became popular. Though they can be stubborn at times, PBGVs are easy to train. Strong active hound, capable of a day’s hunting, with a good voice, freely used.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
General Appearance: A well-balanced, short-legged, compact hound, rough-coated, with an alert outlook and a lively bearing.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Size
The measurement at the withers for both male and female should be 13-1/2 to 15 inches (34-38 cm).
Coat: Rough, long without exaggeration, and harsh to the touch with thick undercoat, never silky or woolly. Show these hounds untrimmed.
Color: White and any combination of Lemon, Orange, Tri-colour, or Grizzle markings.
Head: Head medium in length, not too wide, the skull is oval in shape when viewed from the front, well cut away under the eyes, stop clearly defined. The occipital bone well developed.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Head
Muzzle slightly shorter than from stop to the occipital point. Strong and well-developed underjaw. The nose should be black, large with wide nostrils.
Eyes are surmounted by long eyebrows standing forward, but not to obscure the eyes. Lips covered with long hair, forming a beard and mustache. Teeth: Scissor bite preferred, level bite accepted.
Eyes are large, dark, almond shape, showing no white, with a friendly intelligent expression. The red of the lower eyelid should not show (haw). Ears: Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair folding inwards, ending in an oval shape, when pulled forward reaching to the end of the nose. Low set ears, in line with the outer corner of the eye.
Neck: Long and strong, slightly arched, without throatiness, carrying the head proudly.
Forequarters: Shoulders clean and sloping, elbows close to the body. The forelegs straight, a slight crook acceptable. Heavy boned, pasterns strong and slightly sloping. Knuckling over is unacceptable.
Body: Chest is deep with a prominent sternum, moderately round ribs extending well back. Back is of medium length, level topline with slight arching over strong loins.
Hindquarters: Strong and muscular with good bend of stifle. Well defined second thigh. Hocks short.
Feet: Hard, well padded. Nails short and strong.
Tail: Of medium length, set on high, strong at the base, tapering gradually to the tip, well-furnished with hair, carried proudly.
Gait: The movement should be free at all paces, with great drive. Front action straight and reaching well forward, hocks should turn neither in nor out.
Major Faults: A dog or bitch measuring more than 1/2 inch (l cm) either way.