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The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, a vigorous and agile little dog

If we had to summarize its characteristics in a few words, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a vigorous, agile, kind and courageous little dog that will make a perfect companion at home. It's hard to resist his little face, which is always in a good mood.

Characteristics of the Small Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a vigorous and lively dog with an average height of 34 to 38 cm. Its relatively long body, straight limbs and short tail are among its physical characteristics. The animal is identifiable by its very expressive head. It has a slightly elongated skull, slightly domed and a little wide with a stop whose break of the forehead is accentuated. The muzzle is square at the end, elongated and straight while the nose with open nostrils is developed and well out with a black, brown or white and orange color. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has large eyes that are dark in color and whose white must be invisible. The look reveals a beautiful expression of intelligence. A few hairs can come to hide the eyes, but without excess. As for the ears, they are fine, narrow and flexible and end in oval. Long hairs come to garnish them. Concerning the coat, it is medium long and hard without being woolly or soft. The coat is black with fawn, sandy or white markings or it is fawn with white or black and white markings.

History of the breed Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Originating from the Vendée region as its name suggests, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a miniature version of the Grand Griffon Vendéen, which is said to have originated from the old Saint-Hubert pack. In the past, the two breeds had the same standard since the only difference was their size. However, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen was heavier in comparison with the large variety. The creation of the standard for this small dog was the initiative of Abel Desamy in 1947. The breed was mainly used for hunting hares and rabbits. Moreover, the first French Cup on rabbits was won by a pack of Petit Bassets Griffons Vendéens.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has an exemplary character. It is certainly passionate about hunting, but it also proves to be an excellent pet at home. He is a playful, cheerful, sociable, dynamic and always friendly dog. In spite of its small size, it shows courage. Above all, he is appreciated for his ability to adapt. He can be an angel at home and turn into a ball of energy outside. He loves long walks in the woods and develops a strong endurance for running. This dog needs to live outside to expend its energy. Hikers, sportsmen or better yet, hunters are perfect for him.

Diet and main health problems of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is prone to certain diseases that must be monitored very closely, including congenital malformations, hip dysplasia and spinal problems due to its elongated back. As far as food is concerned, it must be adapted to the animal's lifestyle: if it is very active, it will need food rich in energy and nutrients.