Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Little Griffon Vendeen Basset
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Low/Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walks
  • Energy Level:High
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:25-35 lbs
  • Height:13-15 inches
  • Coat Colour:White with any combination of lemon, orange, tricolor, or grizzle markings

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Coat

The Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen is a double coat breed. The outer coat is harsh, wiry, naturally un-kept in appearance, and provides protection when hunting in thick brush. The under coat is soft, dense, and provides warmth. The hair is longer over the eyes and on the muzzle, which forms bushy eyebrows and a distinctive moustache and beard. The colour of the coat is white and typically has markings in such colours as yellow, orange, grizzle, or tri-colour. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Character

A compact, hardy, vivacious, and bold breed, the Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen is also active, alert, and robust. They consistently seek adventure and are highly rambunctious, extroverted, and independent. This friendly breed displays great skill in their hunting and also makes a lovely companion.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament

The Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen is always busy and lively. They thrive and demand human companionship and attention. They are very intelligent, charming, and can be quite willful. This breed will typically get along with other dogs, but is not recommended for homes with cats or other household pets they will view as prey. They do well with children and are somewhat friendly to strangers. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. If they become lonely or bored they will become destructive.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Care

This breed requires weekly brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. The ears and teeth should be checked and cleaned on a consistent basis. The Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen is prone to eye abnormalities, aseptic meningitis, epilepsy, hip and elbow dysplasia, patella luxation, hypothyroidism, and food and skin allergies.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Activity

Highly energetic, this breed needs daily vigorous exercise in an outdoor environment. They enjoy family play sessions as well as family activities in which they are included. It is vitally important to remember that the Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen is a scent hound. Therefore, they must never be let off lead when walking or jogging. Yards must be securely fenced and they must be closely monitored and supervised as they are prone to digging and are exceedingly adept at escaping. They will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently exercised.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes thyroid problems, luxating patella, cataracts, meningitis, PRA, HD, epilepsy, and heart problems. The parents of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.