|Group:||Hounds (Group 4)|
|Club:||Hound Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 4)|
|Contact:||Ms Susan Santoro|
|Phone:||0416 740 888|
Background The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of many small varieties of French Hound, used for hunting small game by scent. The breed can be traced back to the 16th century to its larger more powerful ancestors the Griffon Vendeen. The Vendee area of France is characterised by its harsh thick underbrush, rocks, thorns and brambles, hence the need for a thick, wiry coat, a hardy, bold, determined attitude and great agility, which together form his charming appearance and personality. The breed name aptly describes the dog ... Petit - (small), Basset - (Low to the ground), Griffon - (wire or rough coated) and Vendeen - (the region where the breed originates). It is pronounced "Puh-TEE .... Bah-SAY ... Gree-FOHN ... VON-day-uhn." Because of the lengthy name the breed has developed many nicknames the most common being PBGV. Up until 1909 both its taller cousin the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen were described in the same standard and it was not until 1950 that it was given an official standard of its own which not only emphasised its smaller size all over but the other characteristics that make it unique. Finally in 1975 interbreeding of Grand and Petit was disallowed and this is why so much emphasis is put on size of PBGV by breeders today.
Average Lifespan PBGV, being a smaller dog, on the average tend to live a little longer than larger dogs. So you can expect to have your pet for around 13 to 15 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Happy, extroverted, independent, yet willing to please, the breed is often nicknamed the happy breed. The fuzzy face and the glint in his eye gives a look of innocent devilment and words such as friendly, outgoing, bold, vivacious, playful and alert, help add to his description. His curious and playful nature draws him to children and their activities and he just loves to be the centre of activity and attention. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. His tail is always wagging and he is very busy. He is willing to please but is not servile. He is extremely intelligent and easy to train although he does possess a stubborn independence. Bred to work away from the hunter and make decisions on his own produces a free-thinking attitude which finds him constantly looking for something to amuse him and often leads to some comical and amusing antics adding to his happy tag. Another of his breed characteristics is the use of his voice whilst chasing game, as was required by the huntsmen of the time to keep track of him as they followed on foot, this can make him a noisy playmate although he is quiet unless aroused to run or play. He makes a wonderful happy, comical and trustworthy family dog that will never cease to entertain and delight so long as he is kept amused and given adequate exercise and love.
Compatibility with other pets In general he gets on well with other breeds in the home as he is not malicious or nasty but it is wise to remember his origins are as a pack hunter and this can lead to hierarchy situations.
Care Requirements Like all dogs the PBGV needs a warm place to sleep (they love to sleep indoors and don’t take up much room), good quality diet, regular exercise and most of all plenty of love and attention as they thrive on social contact with both humans and other dogs. They are a dog that will fret if just left to their own devices for long periods of time. The breed has a harsh outer coat with a thicker softer undercoat. Combing and brushing the coat once a week, along with minimal trimming of hair around the eyes and under feet, is enough to keep it in good order. It should be noted if left unattended some coats can mat without this weekly grooming. Nails should be kept trimmed and his long drop ears should be checked regularly for any wax build up or infection. This routine care, along with regular worming and annual vaccinations, makes this a fairly low maintenance breed.
Ideal Owner/s Anyone or any family who has the time and love to give this wonderful breed would make an ideal owner. He is not a breed for everyone. He is not a shaggy basset, but has an abundance of energy and requires plenty of exercise and room to explore. Secure fencing is important as he can be a jumper and digger. He is intelligent, quick and agile so needs to be walked regularly and have companionship to amuse him either with other dogs or humans. He is certainly not a dog for the housebound owner. But he does love children and his smaller size and fun loving nature make him a wonderful family companion.
In Conclusion Now that you know a little about the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and have decided it may be the breed for you, where do you go from here? The PBGV is still considered a rare breed around the world and finding a puppy is not easy. Although introduced to Australia in the 1980s, the breed did not really become established until the importation of dogs in 1998, so acquiring a puppy may not be easy, you will have to be patient. You need to contact your State controlling body for purebred dogs and they will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.