The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small, rustic dog with an unkempt, natural looking, harsh, wiry coat; shaggy eyebrows; beard; and mustache. The rough single coat protects the dog when hunting in thick underbrush. It comes in white with markings in any of the following colors: black, orange, yellow, tricolor, and grizzle. The well-proportioned Petit is about 50% longer than tall. The tail tapers and is carried high and alert. The hair-covered ears reach almost to the tip of the nose. The back is level with a slight arch over the loin.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small (Petit), low (Basset), wirehaired (Griffon), French (from the Vendeen region) scent hound, used primarily for hunting rabbit. The PBGV was developed from the larger, heavier, and longer Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. The two breeds were often bred together in the past, so even though crossing them has been prohibited since 1975, puppies representing both types may still arise from a single litter. Though the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has been a very popular hunting dog in France for almost a century, the breed is relatively new to the United States. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America was formed in 1984, and the breed entered the AKC Hound Group in 1991.
Merry, friendly, and always very busy exploring. Intelligent and independent. Can be willful. A charming rascal. Curious and completely confident.