The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small scent hound who has won the hearts of millions.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.
Petits were developed to hunt game by scent. Petits originally came from the same litters as Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens, which are larger and serve as hunting dogs for big game like deer and wolves. Petits were gradually separated into their own breed and were used for smaller game like rabbits, hare, and sometimes birds. Today, Petits are still used to hunt small game in France, the United States, and other countries.
Let's start by breaking down this long name. The name is French, since this breed originated in France. "Petit" means small, "basset" means low to the ground, and "griffon" describes the curly, wiry coat. Finally, "Vendéen" refers to the area of France where the breed originated.
The PBGV is distinguished by a rough, unrefined outline and a head that is longer than it is wide. His face is protected from rough brush by a beard and mustache and long eyebrows help protect his large dark eyes. Taken together they give him an alert, friendly, intelligent expression. Long, narrow ears are covered with long hair and hang down, folding inward and ending in an oval shape. The medium-length tail has a slight curve and is carried like a saber.
A sense of humor is an essential possession if you are to live happily with one of these low-slung hounds. The PBGV is described as curious, independent, smart and — scariest of all — inventive. He has a devil-may-care personality that is both charming and frustrating. He’s more than happy to please you, as long as it doesn’t interrupt what he’s doing.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is harder to train than most other dog breeds. He learns new commands more slowly than the majority of other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.
Activities that will keep the PBGV active and entertained include agility, flyball, hunt tests, freestyle, rally, obedience, and tracking. He excels at all of these dog sports. PBGVs are also found working as therapy and search and rescue dogs.
The coat is white with any combination of lemon, orange, black, sable, tricolor or grizzle markings, ensuring that he is easily seen in the field.
8) Vocal Dogs
Petits are highly vocal dogs. Their breed standard actually says they should have "a good voice freely and purposefully used." This means that Petits won't just bark for no reason, but they will bark for just about any reason: to greet you, to greet other dogs, to let you know they want something, or to alert you to something.
The medium-length coat of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair.
One of the diseases that a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen suffers from is epilepsy. It is also prone to cancer and cardiac problems. This breed of dog is known to live an average of 12 years, but there are reports that some Griffon Vendeens had lived until a ripe old age of 17 years.