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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (Side View, Sitting)
Side View, Sitting

Breed Information


2022: #154

2021: #161

2020: #164

2019: #152

2018: #156

2017: #160

2016: #148

2015: #143

Name Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Other names PBGV
Origin France
Breed Group

Hound (AKC:1990)

Scenthound (UKC)

Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 11-14 years








Height 13-15 inches (34-38 cm)
Weight 31-40 pounds (14-18 kg)

Black & Tan

White & Gray

White & Orange

White & Black

White Black & Tan

Litter Size 4-5 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1200 - $1600 USD

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is rare in the United States. In general, the average price of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppy from a reputable breeder will range between $1,200 and $1,600.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

4 stars

Will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and prefer cooler weather, but will do okay in warmer weather. This is one breed that should not be allowed to be off lead. The hunting instinct is too strong. All that is needed is one small scent and your hunter will be off on the chase. Having a secure, fenced-in yard is a very good idea. The PBGV like to dig and can be great escape artists. Watch for small holes and/or signs of interest along the fence line. He would as soon go under as he would to go over.

Barking Tendencies

4 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

Exercise requirements can be met by a good walk or a romp in the yard.


3 stars

They need to be brushed regularly, but not daily, to avoid matting and tangles. To keep the coat well groomed it must be stripped. Hairs must be pulled out of the coat using either a special stripping tool or the finger and thumb. The coat is shallow rooted and is made to come out if trapped, so this grooming method causes no pain. They need regular ear cleanings to prevent yeast infections and clipping of the claws is normally needed once or twice a month.

Health Issues

4 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


3 stars

Ranking: #62 Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


2 stars

Difficult Training: The PBGV can be stubborn and independent. Consistency in training is important.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Puppy (White Black & Tan, Muzzle)
White Black & Tan, Muzzle

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Cooper Lucy
03 Buddy Molly
04 Jake Rosie
05 Henry Lulu
06 Bruno Roxy
07 Hank Riley
08 Bruno Ellie
09 Jasper Coco
10 Beau Maya
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


A correctly proportioned Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is about 50 percent longer than it is tall, enabling it to push its way through dense thickets. It has strong bone and is surprisingly nimble. The gait is free, giving the appearance of a dog that is capable of a full day in the field. The tousled appearance results in part from its rough coat, with long facial furnishings. This, in combination with its thick, shorter undercoat, gives the PBGV ample protection against brambles and the elements. Its expression - alert and friendly - reflects its nature.

Despite its appearance, the PBGV is not a basset hound in a wire coat, but in many ways is more terrier-like in temperament. It is a merry, inquisitive, tough, busy dog, always on the lookout for excitement and fun. It loves to sniff, explore, trail and dig ? a true hunter at heart. Amiable and playful, it is good with children, other dogs and pets, and it is friendly toward strangers. The PBGV is stubborn and independent. It tends to dig and bark.


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV) is a trailing Scenthound, developed to hunt small game over the rough and difficult terrain of the La Vendee district, located on the western coast of France. It is one of the four ancient Griffon Vendeens breeds. The others include the Grand Griffon Vendeen, the Briquet Griffon Vendeen and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1990.

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