Personality:Alert, vivacious, and happy-happy-happy!
Coat & Grooming:The shaggy double coat requires regular brushing and combing to reduce shedding
Energy Level:Very Active; A playful breed, with the stamina of a born hunter, PBGVs need exercise and fenced sniffing-around room
Nicknames: PBGV; Petit
Meet the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
A loose translation of the name describes the dog well: Petit (small), Basset (low), Griffon (shaggy), Vendéen (from the Vendée region of France). Put it all together and you have a diminutive hound, standing 13 to 15 inches at the shoulder, with short but strong legs and a rough tousled coat, bred to hunt rabbits on the rugged west coast of France. Other distinctive features of these little extroverts are a proudly carried head, a saber tail, and a loud, houndy bark.
What's Their Story?
The terrain of the Vendée ain’t for sissy dogs. It takes a tough, tenacious, headstrong hound to earn a living as a hunter amid the rocks and dense underbrush of coastal France. The PBGV’s rough coat was purpose-bred to protect him from this harsh environment. Even the rakish eyebrows, beard, and mustache that give the breed a large measure of its Old World charm aren’t strictly for cuteness: They protect sensitive areas of the face from thorns and thicket.
It’s tough to resist falling for PBGVs at first sight. Not only are they ridiculously cute, they’re among the happiest dog breeds—and their zest for life is infectious. If Mona Lisa were a PBGV owner, she’d be smiling ear to ear. Bred to work in packs, they enjoy company and do well with other dogs and kids. They’re busy and energetic, and will get barky. Training, as with all independent-working hounds, can be challenging but by no means impossible.