PBGV Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed Information

Happy and fun-loving, that’s a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen! He’s inquisitive and always ready for whatever you want to do, whether it’s a romp in the yard, a walk in the park, or a hug on the couch while relaxing. He is forever wagging his tail, earning him the title of the happy breed. This dog is affectionate and eager to please you but watch out, he’s also smart. And you can count on him using his adorable looks to get himself out of trouble.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen or PBGV for short, is a sturdy medium-sized French hound 13 to 15 inches tall and 30 to 35 pounds in weight. His easy-to-maintain wiry coat is mostly white, with patches of black, orange, or grizzle.

The smallest of four breeds of wire-coated (griffon) hounds from the Vendée region (the other three being the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen, and the Grand Griffon Vendéen,) the PBGV is the only one presently recognized in North America.

Originally bred to hunt rabbit, the PBGV is still used for this purpose in his native France and in a few packs in England and North America. In recent years, his popularity as a family companion has grown as more people have come to know him. He is equally well suited to life in the city, the suburbs, or the country.

For more information about the breed, in addition to this website there are books you can read, videos you can watch, and clubs you can contact.

And, if you’d like to learn more, check out the video presentation on the breed below.