Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Breed origin: France
Original purpose: Scent hound developed first and foremost to hunt small game over the rough and difficult terrain of the Vendéen region.

AKC recognized: 1990
AKC group: Hound

Size: Height: 13 to 15 inches
Color: White with any combination of lemon, orange, black, sable, tricolor or grizzle markings.

Life span: 10 to 14 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is confident, happy, extroverted, independent, compact, and robust. Although they are independent, they are quite willing to please their owners. They are generally good with children, but their high energy level and tendency to play bite may pose a problem with very young children. They have a strong hunting instinct and many will chase cats and other small animals.

Good with children? Yes with older children.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? No

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, tracking, flyball, therapy, hunting, search and rescue

Exercise requirement: Daily walks and/or play sessions.

Grooming requirement: Brush thoroughly once a week. Hand strip periodically.

Known health problems: Hypothyroidism, retinal folds, persistent pupiliary membranes, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, patellar luxation, ear infections.

Recommended books for further reading:

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen: A Definitive Breed Study
By Valerie Link and Linda Skerritt
Published in 2000
286 pages

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Jeffrey Pepper and Mary Bloom
Published in 2005
160 pages

Understanding the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen: Rustic French Hound
By Kitty Steidel
Published in 1987
172 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America Rescue

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