Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Puppies

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A fun-loving and happy breed with a big personality

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens originated in France as early as the 1700s as a rabbit-hunting hound. They worked in packs, and still operate best when they feel they are part of a team. They make great family dogs and have a ton of personality.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen At a Glance

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen At a Glance

  • Size: 10"-12", 23-25 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 11-14 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Medium Length, Rough, Thick, Shaggy
  • Shedding: light
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Hound
  • Common Nicknames: The Happy Breed

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is down for anything and loves being the center of attention. This breed gets along well with children and is accepting of almost anyone. Petits are very intelligent and can be stubborn, so training should be started as soon as possible. These dogs are curious and love going on adventures with their family.

  • Health

    The Petit can suffer from cardiac issues, neck pain, and joint problems. Its low-slung body can cause back problems and hip dysplasia early on and, like most breeds, is susceptible to eye and ear infections.

  • Activity Level

    Petits are very active and require a great deal of exercise to stay happy and healthy. A large fenced-in yard is encouraged so they have room to roam and explore. On walks and hikes, Petits should always be left on a leash to keep them from running off to follow scents. They make great running partners and can even accompany their owners on bike rides.

  • Grooming

    Petits have long, furry fur that doesn't require constant grooming. These dogs don't need many baths or trips to the groomers, but an occasional bath would be great if they're out hunting.

  • Shedding

    While the Petit Basset Griffons Vendeen is a light shedder, this breed is not hypoallergenic. These dogs won't coat your home in fur, but unfortunately, they're not a great fit for households with allergies.

  • Appearance

    Petits are longer than they are tall and their coats have medium-length, dense, and wiry fur that has a naturally messy look. They hold their tail high and their ears hang close to their face. These dogs' eyes are large and dark with a curious look in them.

  • History

    The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has a heavy fur coat for a very good reason; it helped keep all of the bramble and thickets out of its eyes and mouth back in its hunting days. These dogs were known to go out in packs and hunt whatever they could get their teeth into: wolves, rodents, foxes, and squirrels. They are energetic and watchful dogs that made a lot of hunters very successful. This breed became so well regarded in its prime that a club was dedicated to them. These are very friendly dogs that don't require too much maintenance. They are very level-headed, easy to take care of, and their small bodies make them suitable for many different types of housing. They would make any family happy and would surely show their love and loyalty to their new owners. These dogs are loyal and devoted to their loved ones, especially younger children and animals, so they can become protective if they feel threatened.