Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Dog Breed Profile
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

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• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Very playful
• Very affectionate
• Very friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Very friendly around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold


This busy little dog breed has a temperament similar to a terrier, always looking for fun and lots of excitement. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen can keep himself busy all day sniffing, trailing and exploring his surroundings. He’s a true hunter by nature, but his inquisitive, playful and fun-loving temperament makes him perfect for children and to be around other pets and dogs.

He’s got a distinct hunting voice, and is happy to let everyone hear it. He’s longer than he is tall which makes him perfect for moving through dense bush. He’s nimble and independent and always eager to please. He’s stubborn but will train, and his energy level is perfect for long days on the trail.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family, he prefers to divide his time between the outdoors and indoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include hip dysplasia
  • Grooming needs include once a week brushing.
  • This a friendly, loving animal that can be easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 25 to35lbs and 13 to 15 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 25 to 35lbs and 13 to 15 inches tall

Care & Health:

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen needs plenty of exercise, but he’s happy with a daily walk on a leash or a good play session out in a fenced in yard. He’s happier if he can spend his time indoors and out, being a part of the family but still being able to have access to play outside.

You’ll need to brush him at least once a week and be sure to clean up his straggling hairs.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:

–CHD(Canine Hip Displasia),otitis externa and occasionally meningitis, patellar luxation, epilepsy

Test for:


Life Span:

– 11 to 14 years

Breed History:

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog breed is fairly new to the AKC, even though his lineage dates back to the 16th century. His name suits him perfectly, meaning small, low, rough-coated and Vendien for the area in France he originated.

He was the perfect breed for hunting in his place of origin, where the bush was full of brambles and thorny underbrush. He was used for hunting rabbits, and often had to pursue his prey over rocks and logs for long periods without tiring.

He was originally shown in 1800s England along with the basset hound, and these two breeds were considered to be the same but just different sizes. In France he was still considered to be one size of the two breeds until the 50s. Once he was recognized by the AKC in 1990 he became the object of attention for many dog lovers, gaining popularity as a show dog and as a pet.

  • Family history is scenthound
  • Originally from France
  • First bred in the 1700’s
  • Original purpose was trailing hare
  • Today they are used for companions
  • Also known as Little Griffon Vendeen Basset