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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
13-15" (33-38 cm) Under 45 lb (20.5 kg) Long rough outercoat. Thick undercoat. Beard and moustache. White with any combination of lemon, orange, tricolour, grizzle, black or sable.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of four types of scent hound founded around the 1st century in the French region of Vendeen. The types are separated by size: Grand Griffon, Briquette Griffon, Grand Basset Griffon, and Petit Basset Griffon. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, named for its characteristic “small, low, rough” appearance, was bred to hunt in packs, trailing small game such as rabbit, hare and the occasional fox. Originally, both small and large Basset Griffons could be found in the same litter. In 1950, however, the Petit Basset Griffon received separate breed status, and by 1975 the interbreeding of the two sizes was forbidden. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen came to North America in the 1970s and has since gained popularity worldwide.


Bred to be a pack hunter, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a friendly dog who gets along with his pack, whether human or canine. He is especially good with children. Happy and enthusiastic about life, he loves to follow his nose. Time outdoors in a safely fenced area is important.

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