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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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Is the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen right for you?

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Other name(s): PBGV

The basics:
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a French hound of ancient heritage dating back to at least the sixteenth century. The name roughly translates as to "small, low to the ground, rough-coated dog from Vendeen," and that's a pretty decent description. Trained to hunt hares by scent, the PBGV needed to be able move through the thick underbrush, rocks, and thorny bushes of the Vendeen region, resulting in its unique appearance. Like most hounds, this cheerful dog loves to please its people, and it can make a family pet that the American Kennel Club (AKC) describes as "vivacious."

The PBGV is related to the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, which is the larger version of the same basic idea. In fact, they were considered to be the same breed until the 1950s.

Appearance / health:
The long eyebrows, beard, mustache, and tapered tail characterize the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed. The natural look is casual and tousled. The eyes are large and dark, and somewhat oval. The nose is large and black with wide nostrils.

Weekly brushing with a pin brush, comb, and if required a mat breaker, is sufficient to remove dead and loose hair. Nails are clipped regularly.

Daily long walks are necessary to keep the breed fit and happy.

Some of the conditions found in the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen include eye problems, neck pain syndrome, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella.

Behavior / temperament:
The Petit is a pack animal by nature and thrives in human company. Dogs may become destructive out of sheer boredom, so be sure you will have enough time to spend with this people-centered dog.

The Petit is extremely intelligent and eager to please. However, their independent minds may pose a challenge during training.

Petits do not bark without reason.

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