The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (often abbreviated to PBGV) was, despite its cuteness, originally bred to hunt for small game in the Vendeen region of France. Regarded as being particularly joyous and charismatic dogs, the PBGV is extremely outgoing and are great to play with. This delightful temperament has resulted in them being referred to in some parts as the “happy breed”. In terms of appearance, the PBGV has a rather rough coat, often coloured white with a spattering of either lemon, orange, black, or anything in between. Similar to other hounds, these dogs can be quite difficult to train, and are known to be particularly stubborn despite their overall temperament.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
The size of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen lends itself well to apartment living, however like any breed they still have exercise requirements that should be met. These dogs are extremely friendly and love children, and so make for the ideal family dog. Those with backyards be warned, PBGVs are renowned escape artists. It is not uncommon for these dogs to jump over fences, or even dig an escape tunnel. As such, significant dog-proofing of the backyard is essential. Additionally, these dogs are also are known to be quite persistent barkers, so a home where this will cause minimal disruption is ideal.
Common Health Issues
PBGV Pain Syndrome, Epilepsy, Lens Luxation, Allergies, Inguinal and Umbilical Hernias, Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Persistent Pupillary Pembranes (PPM), Multifocal Retinal Dysplasia.