and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
PBGV's co-owned with Wendy Hewitt
THE PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN
A Breed Profile compiled by Sandra Green for the Official New Zealand Kennel Club Website
The PBGV is a medium sized, rough coated hound with a slightly elongated
body. His long eyebrows, beard and moustache give him a slightly
comical look which well matches his personality. His coat is predominantly
white with any combination of lemon, orange, black, tri-colour or grizzle
Behaviour / Characteristics
The PBGV should be bold and vivacious in character. He is an extrovert
and willing to please but also has an independent streak owing to his pack
hound origins. Definitely not a 'lap dog', he is very active
and always looking for a new adventure. His property needs to be
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of many small French hounds. The breed has evolved slowly over the last 400 years, his predecessor being the Griffon Vendeen, a very large, powerful hunting hound with a rough coat.
As hunting became less of a way to survive and more of a leisure activity packs were developed to suit local needs, and the local environment of the Vendee region in France determined the development of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, translated to mean 'small, low to ground, rough coated hound of the Vendee'. The correct pronunciation is 'Puh-tee Bah-say Gree-fohn Von-day-uhn' and it is easy to see why the abbreviation 'PBGV' or 'Petit' is preferred!
Venery (hunting) is still popular in France today, and there are still
many packs in France bred and maintained to fulfill their original purpose.
This is an active, lively dog that as an adult will require regular
exercise. As his pack hound origins suggest, he is very social and
loves company so he is not a breed that should be left to his own devices
for long periods of time. He is happiest in the company of his family.
His coat requires regular weekly grooming to keep it free of matts.
A well fenced property is essential for any scent hound, as is a good
sized section. He will do equally well kennelled (provided he has
company) or in the house. A sturdy wire crate is a safe, secure place
which affords both dog and owner peace of mind.
Petits are 'good doers' and are not fussy by nature. There
are many excellent prepared foods on the market that will give the correct
to feed on the package to maintain a healthy weight.
The PBGV has a thick, wiry, coarse coat which was developed to protect
the skin from the rough environmental elements of the Vendee.
Care must be taken to groom him regularly to minimize the risk of matting,
keep the skin healthy and get out all of the dead hair. The occasional
bath will also be necessary. Nails should be clipped regularly and
ears checked weekly and kept free of hair.
Like any breed, a PBGV needs to be taught good manners from an early age. He can be headstrong and wilful but is also very intelligent and will learn fast. Consistency and firmness will pay off very quickly.
Overseas, many Petit owners enjoy running their hounds at agility and
also in obedience tests.
The PBGV is an active dog by nature, and as an adult will require regular
exercise. He will be happy to walk with you for miles. As he
is a scent hound, it is recommended that you keep him on a lead at all
times, especially near traffic.
A healthy PBGV has an average life span of 12 - 14 years.
Although overall the PBGV is generally robust, as with any breed there
are some health problems which have been noted. This breed is still
very new in New Zealand and breeders have gone to great lengths to secure
sound, healthy animals to establish the breed in this country.
Prospective owners will be attracted to the PBGV because of his good
looks and charming personality. They make absolutely delightful pets
but it is important to also consider that he is an active little hound
who was bred specifically to hunt and requires plenty of attention and
regular exercise and grooming.