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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 13-15”
Weight: 25-42 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen in the following colors:

  • Black and tan
  • White and black
  • White and gray
  • White and grizzle
  • White and lemon
  • White and orange
  • White and sable
  • White, black, and tan

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 10-14 years
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV) is a healthy breed, although there are a few health problems they may experience.

Joint problems like patellar luxation and hip dysplasia may affect some Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens. Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joint is malformed, resulting in the thighbone being unable to fit properly into place. This can lead to discomfort, pain, and limping, and arthritis or even lameness can result in more severe cases. In these serious cases, surgery may be required. Responsible breeders do not breed dogs with hip dysplasia, so ensure your potential puppy’s parents have no history of the condition. Although it is hereditary, hip dysplasia can be triggered by rapid weight gain and injury. Patellar luxation occurs when the knee joint slides easily in and out of place, resulting in easy dislocation of the kneecap, which can cause pain, limping, and even lameness.

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid condition arising out of the thyroid gland producing insufficient amounts of hormone, and it can be a concern for the PBGV. This condition leads to issues such as lethargy, obesity, infertility, and hair loss, but it can be treated with daily medication for the duration of the affected dog’s life.

Some PBGVs may experience eye problems such as Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM) and retinal dysplasia. PPM occurs when remnants of fetal tissue remain in the eye well after the puppy’s birth. Although affected dogs sometimes experience no issues, PPM can result in corneal opacities or the development of cataracts. These strands can often be broken up with veterinarian prescribed eye drops. Retinal dysplasia is the formation of clumps in the retinal tissue. Although retinal dysplasia is not progressive or painful, it can damage the dog’s vision. There are three types of retinal dysplasia, the most severe of which results in retinal detachment and blindness. There is no treatment or cure for retinal dysplasia.

PBGV Pain Syndrome is another possibility for the PBGV, and it causes pain, fever, and listlessness. This syndrome typically involves several episodes, with pain ranging from mild to severe. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen may also experience epilepsy or allergies.

On average, the PBGV will live for 10-14 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV) is a vivacious, extremely cheerful dog who is alert, curious, and very smart. He is active and needs plenty of attention and companionship.

The PBGV can live in an apartment if he is sufficiently exercised. At a minimum, he needs several 10-20 minute walks daily, as well as playtime. He has excellent stamina for long walks, but keep him on a leash, as he will pursue interesting scents. The PBGV also requires plenty of human companionship and attention, and he will quickly become bored or destructive if he is lonely. Even indoors, the PBGV is extremely active, so provide him with plenty of toys to occupy him. He likes to bark and has a loud, deep voice, so it is recommended to teach him a “Quiet” command at a young age. If your PBGV is playing unsupervised outdoors, be sure that you have a securely fenced yard. The fence should be at least four feet tall with no holes, as the PBGV likes to dig and will try to escape if he spots a small animal or catches an intriguing scent.

The PBGV has a special love for children and will make a great companion for any kids in the household. He is friendly and courteous with strangers as well, which precludes him from being a good guard dog, although he will sound the alarm and can be utilized as a watchdog. The PBGV can get along with dogs and other pets if he is properly socialized. At heart, he is a pack animal who does enjoy the company of other dogs. However, he was bred to hunt small game and may still chase smaller pets that run.

Although intelligent, the PBGV can be obstinate and therefore somewhat difficult to train. Be patient and consistent. They are generally charming and funny in their disobedience, so be prepared to remain firm and serious enough to enforce your rules and expectations. Use positive reinforcement like favorite treats, verbal praise, and extra playtime. The PBGV has a short attention span so keep sessions short, upbeat, and varied. Housebreaking a PBGV may require 4-6 months of crate training before fully taking effect.


The PBGV has a rough, medium-length coat that should be brushed weekly. Bathe him only when needed, and trim his nails any time they are long enough to graze the floor.

Check his ears weekly for signs of infection like redness, tenderness, and odor, and ensure that there is no excessive buildup of wax, dirt, and debris. Brush his teeth at least 2-3 times weekly for good overall health and prevention of bad breath.


The average PBGV should consume 1.5-2 cups of high-quality dry dog food daily. Remember that the best type and amount of food for your individual dog will depend on factors like metabolism, activity level, age, and build.

Ensure that your dog has access to clean, fresh drinking water at all times.

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A PBGV puppy will cost $1,000-$1,500 on average. Some prices may be as low as $800, and pricing will vary according to breeder location, gender, pedigree, and other factors.

If you can adopt a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, expect adoption fees up to $175.

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Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The PBGV ranks a 2.5. He is an excellent family dog who tends to get along with people and other pets alike, although he may chase smaller animals. He has moderate exercise needs, but he requires plenty of companionship and attention, he enjoys digging, and he has a tendency to bark with his loud, deep voice often. He is also obstinate and can be challenging to train, and housebreaking him may require a great deal of time, patience, and persistence.


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