Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed

Definitely not a hairy Basset Hound, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, or PBGV’s, name in French reveals much about him: Petit– small; Basset– low to the ground; Griffon– rough or wire coated; and Vendéen- 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.

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

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 displease 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.


Source: American Kennel Club, Inc.

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