Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, or PBGV, originated in the Vendéen area of France around the 16th century. Closely related to both the Basset Hound and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, the low, rough- or wire-coated breed was developed to hunt small game such as hare over difficult terrain. The AKC recognized the PBGV in 1990; since then, the breed’s fuzzy appearance and merry manner have drawn many fans.


Small to medium; females 12 to 14 inches, 25 to 35 pounds; males 13 to 15 inches, 30 to 45 pounds.


White, with lemon, orange, black, tricolor, or grizzle markings.


Bold, active, extroverted; independent but willing to please. Good with older children, dogs, and strangers. Hunter at heart; loves to sniff, explore, dig, and bark.

Energy level:

High (males may be less so), but more moderate as adults.

Best owner:

Active, experienced dog owner in a rural or suburban home.


Daily exercise to prevent barking, digging, and other canine amusements; wellfenced yard, leash, socialization and training, weekly combing/brushing.

Life expectancy:

11 to 14 years.