Are you manifesting to adopt the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed this coming year? Well, you gotta put on your seatbelts because we are off for a rollercoaster ride!

In this article, you will learn everything about this breed. From their personality to their everyday needs- we have it all. And we are sure we will turn that manifestation into your reality. 

So let’s get started! 


Height12-15 inches
Weight25-40 lbs
Life span12-14 years
Exercise needs1-2 hours daily
TemperamentStubborn, Happy-go-lucky, Extroverts
Grooming: Low maintenance
OriginVendée region of France

Origin of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed has its roots back in the late 19th century. This breed is a variant of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen. Grand Bassets were believed to be crossed with (small) French hounds, which led to their distinctive appearance. Today, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has the skillset and persona that has won the hearts and minds of dog enthusiasts. 

It all started when they were used as hunting dogs and a loyal companion. With their gift of being a “basset” and short stature, they could quickly move through the underbrush. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens was a master at their game! The Grand and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens share this quality of scenting and tracking. This is why this breed was chosen as part of the hunting pack that lives in challenging weather conditions. 

In the modern world, they are getting more recognition among the common folks. Its popularity sparked in the 20th century, especially in France and later worldwide. 

Appearance of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Even though their name suggests “petit,” meaning small, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed is small to medium-sized.

1. Size and weight

If we talk about their height, they stand up to 12-15 inches and can weigh about 25-40 pounds. The “basset” also suggests that these are the dogs with a small stature. If you look closely, they have a lower and deeper chest, which makes them stand apart from the other breeds

2. Water resistant coat

Additionally, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens have an exceptional double coat that is water resistant. This coat protected them from harsh weather conditions and their enemies’ attacks.

If you touch them, you’ll notice that their outer coat is wiry and harsh, while the inner coat is soft and cozy. This coat works for both protection and keeping them warm. 

3. Coat color varies

However, a double coat also means extra shedding during shedding seasons—so be ready for that! Talking about their coat—it comes in several different colors. It includes—white, black, tan, fawn, grey, orangish, and lemon.

They are usually bi or tri-colored with unique color combinations. Apart from tri-color big patches, their bodies have no such spots or markings. 

4. Floppy ears

Just like most hound dogs, PBGV has floppy and hanging ears. These ears add charm to their overall appearance. Another thing that compliments their appearance is their dark crystal eyes. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens has a pair of beautiful and alert eyes. 

Their appearance exudes charm and positivity. These dogs are not just hunting dogs; they can win anyone’s heart with their unique persona and confidence. Also, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen puppies are one of the cutest puppies out there!

Personality and Temperament

With such an adorable personality, is it a surprise that they can easily be a top favorite? Of course not!

1. Everyone’s bestie

PBGV has a unique personality of being everybody’s best friend. They are extroverts and can get along with children and human families. In fact, as they have a rich history of working in packs, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed is good with other dogs and pets, too.

Their personality traits are very similar to the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed. You must give these dogs proper socialization training as a responsible dog owner. It will help them to open up and be more vocal. 

2. Happy-go-lucky

These dogs are carefree and easygoing. They only care about being happy, eating, playing, and cuddling their owners. Even though Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens can be alert and cautious when needed, most times, they are enjoying their days running after butterflies. Due to their appearance, some actions can also be comical and heartwarming. 

3. Energetic

If you adopt this breed, you are not adopting a dog, but energy balls in the name of Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. Their early life included a lot of play, walking, and running, so this breed has evolved to be full of energy and enthusiasm.

Due to this quality, you must also provide and fulfill their high training requirements. These dogs do not like being bored and must be busy chewing toys, playing training, or anything. But something. 

4. Independent thinkers

This highly active breed, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, is also a dynamic thinker. As they worked as hunting dogs, they had it in their genes to be decisive and firm in their choices. These strong-willed dogs are not the ones to blindly follow the instructions and please their owners.

As much as they are affectionate towards their owners, they are also self-sufficient. This behavior can also be posed as being stubborn or dominating. 

5. Curious

Another interesting fact about the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed is that they are very curious and creative. They spend most of their time looking for small animals and rodents to hunt. You may observe them sniffling around the floors and scratching walls to find cues to track and hunt. 

One of the reasons why Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens may not be suitable for first-time owners is because of their strong prey drive. If not correctly trained with patience, it can be challenging to direct their instincts healthily. 

6. Impatient and stubborn

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed can be slightly impatient and stubborn. This unwanted behavior must be corrected with positive reinforcement and behavioral training. Also, they can develop or trigger these problems due to a lack of exercise and mental stimulation. 

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dogs are so adventurous that they might run from your house. But don’t worry, they’ll bark loud enough for you to find them.
a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeén outdoors

Grooming Needs of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Every dog has specific grooming needs. Following a routine is essential as it ensures your pup is in the best health possible. With a life span of 12-14 years, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen needs to have a good lifestyle.

1. Low maintenance

As you can tell by their looks, these dogs are covered with a double coat that protects them from extreme weather conditions. However, you would be surprised to know they are a low-maintenance breed!

2. Brush weekly

Even though they belong to the hound group, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens do not shed as much as Afghan Hounds would. But they shed quite a lot during seasonal changes or shedding seasons. For that, you only have to groom them once or twice a week

Unfortunately, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed is not hypoallergenic. So, if you or someone in your family is sensitive to allergies, this dog may not be the best fit for your household. 

Furthermore, brushing your dog’s coat is not the only grooming necessity. There are also other requirements like:

3. Dental Health

One of the common health problems in dogs is oral health issues. If your dog has a sweet tooth and eats a lot of fruits like blueberries, apricots, melons, or any food item, it can all be stuck to your dog’s teeth. This canine companion needs daily tooth brushing to remove all those bacteria and leftovers stuck to their teeth.

Not doing so can lead to cavities, bad breath, and tooth decay. And if your dog throws tantrums for not brushing, tell them the scary dentist tales.

4. Bathing

You do not have to bathe these furry buddies every week! Once a month, or if your dog looks visibly dirty, you can give them a warm shower. Also, please do not use human products on your dog. You must only use dog-friendly supplies, be it their shampoo, conditioner, or soap, as using human products can cause irritation. 

Also, we recommend slathering them in coconut oil for the skin health of Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens. It has anti-bacterial properties, which can get rid of any rashes or sunburns. And not to forget that every furry dog’s dream is to get lustrous hair.

5. Fleas and ticks

One problem with dogs with heavy fur coats is fleas and ticks. These bacteria can cause severe skin problems, foul body odor, and even make dogs physically sick. It can happen due to a lack of grooming and skincare. It is essential to keep a check on your dog’s coat health regularly.

6. Infections

One of the most common infections in hound dogs is the ear infection. The same goes for the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed, which has long and floppy ears. Even though such ears have a purpose, they can be a home to debris, moisture, and infections.

Along with that, excessive eye boogers can also be a sign of an eye infection. It would be best if you cleaned their paws, ears, and eyes every now and then with a clean damp cloth. 

Exercise and Training Needs

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is an active breed who loves to wander around and enjoy their surroundings. But to stimulate their instincts and direct their prey drives effectively, you give training to them. They do not require rigorous or agility training, but they need at least 1 hour of training (at most 2) daily

1. Positive reinforcement and basic obedience training

For training any dog, you must start by teaching them basic commands. You can begin with commands like—”sit,” “stay,” or “run.” To encourage them, you can use treats as a reward. With proper positive reinforcement techniques, you can build up good behavior. We recommend starting with these exercises at an early age.

2. Daily walks

Another essential part of training is dog walking. You can also start leash training your dog during walks around the neighborhood. Walking the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed for at least 20-30 minutes a day would be best.

You can let them guide you and let them wander their ways. The least will help you to keep them away from the trash cans or hunting squirrels.

3. Mental Stimulation

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a creative and intelligent breed, so you must nurture their skills. You can indulge them mentally by stimulating games like hide and seek, puzzles, or scenting and tracking. These dogs have a high prey drive, so you must organize scent, track, and hunt games for them. It can be fun, like a treasure hunt for peanut butter!


Our final thoughts on the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed is that this is a versatile breed. They have everything from drama and creativity to determination and strong will! Also, did we mention how these dogs make an excellent cuddle dog? 

However, whether or not a first-time dog owner should consider Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens depends on the efforts they are willing to put. This breed is comparatively low maintenance with minimal training needs. Their stubbornness may need the firm hand of an experienced owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the health problems with Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens?

You can expect health problems from the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed, like hip dysplasia and ear infections. Hip dysplasia is common in dogs, whereas ear infections are pretty common as this breed has floppy-hanging years. Other than that, you can look out for eye infections. The breed is considered healthy if good nutrition and care are followed.

How big are Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen?

As the name suggests, the “bassets” are dogs with short stature. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen stands up to 12- 15 inches and weighs about 25-40 pounds. As in the case of most dogs, females are smaller than the males. Due to their size, they make good apartment dogs (till you fulfill their training needs).

Are Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen good pets?

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen are good pets and family dogs. Due to their extroverted personality, they gel well with humans and their children. However, their prey drives and alertness can become a hurdle. With proper socialization and familiarization with family members, these dogs can be even better family dogs.

Are Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen hypoallergenic?

Unfortunately, No. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is not an hypoallergenic dog. They have a thick layer of fur coat that often sheds even when you hug them. This can happen especially during the shedding season. To avoid excessive shedding, you must groom and clean them regularly. But, if you are sensitive to allergens, this breed is unsuitable.

What is the life expectancy of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen?

The life expectancy of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen dog breed is about 12-14 years. The lifespan also depends on factors such as underlying health problems, nutrition, training, and grooming. A good lifestyle helps to increase the quality and longevity of a dog’s life.

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