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Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has its ancient origins in the Vendée region of France. This is a small (Petit), low (Basset), wire-haired (Griffon), French scent hound used for hunting rabbits. Originally bred from the white St. Hubert, White and Tan Italian Hound and the King's White Grand Griffon (that is a larger, heavier, and longer Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen). It has been a popular hunting dog in France for almost 100 years.


Average lifespan

This enchanting hound can live up to 12 years of age, but more often than not will reach 14 years when given the right nutrition and a loving home in which to thrive.

Average size

Males normally grow to approx. 15kg and are 38cm tall with the females weighing 14kg and standing at 34cm in height.

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament

Often called the ‘happy dog’, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has a happy nature and will spend lots of time exploring. Intelligent and independent, they thrive on attention and love from their owner.

Compatibility with other pets

They are generally good with other dogs, but supervision may be needed with non-canine pets.

Care requirements

This lively dog has a thick and wiry coat that needs weekly brushing to remove loose and dead hair and help control any shedding. When properly groomed, they will shed very little hair.

Decision time

Ideal owners

These dogs can live happily in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. This is one breed that should never be allowed off lead when going for a walk in open spaces as the hunting instinct is too strong – just a hint of a scent and your ‘hunter’ will be off on the chase. Having a securely fenced yard is a must. They are very good with children and are a great companion for all ages

Click here for advice on adopting a rescue dog and finding a breeder. All information has been provided by the Kennel Club.

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