(Small Vendeen Basset) The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a cute, medium sized dog. A square head leads to their long rectangular muzzle. The muzzle covered in a long, flowing beard ends with a large black nose. Huge round eyes are set back slightly in their head and are usually a dark brown color. On top of their head are long ears which hang down past their face and are covered with long hair. The breed’s broad neck leads down to its rectangular shaped body. While the dog’s body is normal size, its short chubby looking legs give it an unusual look. A long curly coat covers their entire body, especially their face and legs. Coat colors do not vary much because they are always white with black, yellow, orange, or grizzle markings mixed in.
The coat of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is seldom curly and is wiry in texture. The coat is to protect them from brush and brambles when they were used for hunting in the Vendeen area of France. The name 'Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen' actually means "Small, Low to the Ground wire haired hound of Vendeen." Their ears should not be on top of the head but start level with its eyes. The ears seem long, but the tips should only reach to the end of the nose in length.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is extremely friendly. This breed loves attention from family members and does pretty well with strangers. Children also will become a great companion for this medium sized dog. Enjoying the company of another dog, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a pack dog so having other canine friends is important to him. However, this breed does not do well with small animals because of hunting instincts. Intelligence means this breed is easy to train but is also independent and stubborn. Getting into trouble is something often done by this dog because they enjoy digging. Being left home alone with nothing to do will make this breed bored and mischievous.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has many health problems, but these problems are infrequent. Most of these health concerns are with their eyes, including papillary membranes, glaucoma, and retinal folds. PBGV pain syndrome and hip dysplasia can also occur. Skin and food allergies are also possible. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has a life expectancy of 14 years.
This breed is prone to are prone to Epilepsy, Aseptic Menigitis, Glaucoma, Lens Luxation, Persistant and Pupilary Membranes. It is important to buy from a reputable breeder that regularly screens their dogs for such defects.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen originated in Vendee, France. In the late 1940’s, a French breeder named Abel Desamy finalized the characteristics that are common in the breed today. Although the dog is quite popular in France with hunters, the breed hasn’t been in North America very long. In fact, it was only admitted to the AKC in 1991.
This breed is simple to groom. Brushing should be done once a week, and their ears should be cleaned regularly. Excess hair should be trimmed, and their teeth should be cleaned often. Exercise is essential to keep the breed healthy and happy. They should be walked and played with, but extreme exercise is not needed. However, to keep them from being destructive toys and play time is always necessary.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a friendly dog to all people and loves attention. They do well with other dogs but not with small animals. All weather conditions suit this easy going breed. Also, they can live in a house or apartment fine because of their medium energy level. This dog is sweet but can also be very mischievous if left alone without toys so it is important to give them things to do while you are gone.
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