Breeds 101

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has its ancient origins in the Vendee region of France around the 16th century; In 1947, its characteristics were fixed by Abel Desamy, who was a French breeder. The name translates to the following: Pettit (small), Basset (low), Griffon (wire-haired, Vendeen (French region).

This low, rough-or wire-coated breed is closely related to both the Basset Hound and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. The breed has the now-extinct white Bloodhound and the white and tan Italian hound in its blood.

The Pettit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of the small varieties of French hounds and was popular between breeders and owners in many parts of the world, such as Great Britain and United States.

The Pettit Basset Griffon Vendeen was developed to hunt small game such as rabbits and hares over difficult terrain; and males are known to fight between themselves for „top dog“ recognition from their human caretakers.

Truly basset in shape, this alert, enthusiastic dog has a tendency to suffer from back pain.


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.


Good with older children, dogs and strangers; bold, active; independent but willing to please; loves to sniff, explore, dig and bark.

Energy level:

High; moderate as adults.

Best owner:

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


Daily exercise to prevent barking, digging; (daily long pack walks, along with variety of toys and things to chew on), the proper amount of mental and physical exercise along with strong leadership from the humans will be less likely to get himself in trouble; will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised; they are very active indoors and prefer cooler weather; well-fenced yard, leash, socialization and training; weekly brushing; its coat should be thick, wiry and somewhat casual looking; bathe him as needed; nails need to be clipped regularly.

Life expectancy:

11 to 14 years.