Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is an ancient breed with roots in 16th-century Europe .Its French name provides an accurate description of the breed: petit means small, basset (low), griffon means rough-coated, Vendien was given as it is the area where it originated. Vendie lies on the west coast of France that is filled with thick brambles, rocky terrain and underbrush. Hunting in such terrain required a dog that had a coat that could resist thorns and brambles and short legs that could easily enable it to pass through the underbrush in search of rabbits.
Both male and female Basset Griffon are of similar size which ranges from 12.5 to15.5 inches (32 to 40 cm) and weighs around 25 to 40 pounds. They are solid dogs that appear rough and unrefined. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has short leg.
The dogs have a tangled appearance that have harsh double coat that is long and rough. The hair present on the face and legs are generally softer than body hair. Its fur on the face resembles a beard and moustache. They have long eyelashes.
They have domed shaped skull with oval ears like many other hounds. The ears are set low and hanging, and if stretched may touch thef the nose. The tail is generally held upright.
They are generally white colored with spots of orange, black, and lemon, grizzle (gray-and-white hairs). They may be bicolor, tricolor.
Petit Basset Griffon is a merry, inquisitive, tough, busy dog, always on the lookout for excitement and fun. He loves to explore, sniff, trail and dig .He proves to be bold and a true hunter at heart. Amiable and playful, compatible with children, other dogs and pets, he is friendly toward strangers. At times he is stubborn and independent.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen has an average lifespan of 11 to 14 years and is not afflicted by any major health issues. It is prone to Persistent Pupillary Membrane (PPM), canine hip dysplasia (CHD),otitis externa, and corneal and retinal conditions and also sometimes intervertebral disk disease, patellar luxation, meningitis, hypothyroidism epilepsy. To spot these diseases, a veterinarian may recommend eye and hip exams for the dog.
The Petit Basset Griffon is not contented to lie on around. His exercise requirements need to be fulfilled, and can be achieved by a good walk on leash or a vigorous romp in the yard. His coat needs weekly brushing and occasional tidying of irregular hairs. They need regular cleaning of ears to prevent yeast infections and also clipping of the claws is needed once or twice a month.