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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:



The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen ranges between 15 and 20 kg (25-40 lbs).


32-40 cm (12-16 inches)


They are primarily white with bits of orange, lemon, or black. They may be bi- or tri-color.


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has a double coat that is both long and rough.



Although extroverted and friendly, they tend to be quite independent and enjoy the opportunity to roam. They are active, lively, and vocal meaning they bark or howl more than some owners may like. That being said, they can be very loyal as well and they interact well with children and other dogs.

Country of Origin:



The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is of ancient history and their origin can be traced back to the 16th century Griffon Vendéen (a larger, stronger ancestor). They are a hound that was bred to hunt game by scent and their physical characteristics evolved to make them highly suited to the climate and geography of the western coast of France.


A direct translation of their name from French to English reveals much about their character and appearance: “Petit” meaning small, “Basset” meaning low to the ground, “Griffon” meaning wire coated, and Vendéen refers to the region of France where they originate.


Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens are hardy, bold, persistent, and intelligent hunters that exhibit excellent mental and physical stamina. They tend to be cheerful, friendly dogs that enjoy human interaction. Because of their intelligence however, they have a tendency to be willful so it is important to establish your role as their owner.



Although somewhat willful, they can be trained with gentle, assertive guidance. Treat based training has been shown to be effective but it is also important to give clear, firm instructions. Establishing your role as the boss makes training easier and training should be undertaken from a young age.


As is typical with hunting dogs, they require a lot of exercise. Though their space requirements are limited, they will become destructive if they do not get enough exercise. If you are not able to walk them regularly (ideally twice a day) they need access to a large field or yard where they will self-exercise.


Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens make excellent pets. They are gentle with children and loving toward a family. Because of their protective nature, they also make good watchdogs.


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