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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

PetitBassetGriffonVendeen

A Small & Shaggy Pal

Busy, independent, inquisitive

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are happy, bold, and confident small dogs. These extroverted dogs are amiable and do well with children, other dogs, and most other pets. Nicknamed the “Happy Breed,” these dogs are even friendly toward strangers. Happiest when living indoors with access outside, they are ideal for city dwellers, active seniors, and families. A daily vigorous romp outdoors or a good walk will satisfy their daily exercise needs.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:13-15 in. Weight:31-40 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
2

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. They are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

Grooming: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: They generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry—your veterinary team will show you how!

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens make an adorable and joyful companion. They have an inquisitive and humorous nature that is sure to capture the heart of anyone they meet.

Positive Traits:

  • Alert, curious, and busy 

  • Good watchdog with a loud bark 

  • Outgoing and friendly personality 

  • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic 

  • Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-lucky 

  • Plenty of stamina 

Negative Traits:

  • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing 

  • Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children 

  • Needs daily exercise 

  • Can be difficult to housetrain 

  • Doesn’t do well in the heat 

  • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam 


Whether you are considering adding a new Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen could encounter:


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a hardy scenthound, originally bred in France for small game hunting in rough terrain. Their name translates to “small low wire-haired dog of the Vendeen region of France.” This breed is an extroverted and active dog that needs lots of human and dog companionship. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are willing to please and can be trained to compete in dog activities like obedience, tracking, and agility. They are generally good with family pets when socialized early, but they will chase any rabbit or squirrel that they see. With patient and consistent training, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen can make an excellent family companion.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen shows signs of the following:

• Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse
• Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
• Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
• Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy
• Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat
• Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss
• Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
• General reluctance to run or play
• New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. They are smart dogs with lots of energy, so keep their mind and body active, or they'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts.

    Grooming: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: They generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don't worry—your veterinary team will show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens make an adorable and joyful companion. They have an inquisitive and humorous nature that is sure to capture the heart of anyone they meet.

    Positive Traits:

    • Alert, curious, and busy 

    • Good watchdog with a loud bark 

    • Outgoing and friendly personality 

    • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic 

    • Even-tempered, affectionate, and happy-go-lucky 

    • Plenty of stamina 

    Negative Traits:

    • Easily bored if not given something to do, which leads to barking and chewing 

    • Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children 

    • Needs daily exercise 

    • Can be difficult to housetrain 

    • Doesn’t do well in the heat 

    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam 


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen could encounter:


  • History

    The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a hardy scenthound, originally bred in France for small game hunting in rough terrain. Their name translates to “small low wire-haired dog of the Vendeen region of France.” This breed is an extroverted and active dog that needs lots of human and dog companionship. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are willing to please and can be trained to compete in dog activities like obedience, tracking, and agility. They are generally good with family pets when socialized early, but they will chase any rabbit or squirrel that they see. With patient and consistent training, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen can make an excellent family companion.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen shows signs of the following:

    • Pale gums, labored breathing, weakness, or sudden collapse
    • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
    • Vomiting, tender abdomen, diarrhea
    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
    • Cloudiness to eye lens
    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
    • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy
    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat
    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss
    • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
    • General reluctance to run or play
    • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not
    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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