Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen?

The Petit Basset Griffon Venden (/pti bse rfn vnden/), or PBGV, is a breed of dog of the scent hound type, bred to trail hares in bramble-filled terrain of the Vende district of France. The breed is known in the United States as “Petit” or “PBGV,” in England as “Roughie,” and in Denmark as “Griffon” or “Petit“.

Both males and females should be of similar size, range between 12.5 and 15.5 inches (32 to 40 cm) at the withers and between 25 and 40 pounds (15 to 20 kilograms). The tail is usually held upright, and is long and tapered to the end, similar in shape to a saber .

The coloring is primarily white with spots of orange or lemon or black or grizzle (gray-and-white hairs) or sable, sometimes with tan accents. [1] Sometimes called the “happy breed”, [2][3] PBGVs have tirelessly wagging tails and expressive, intelligent eyes. PBGV companions report that sleeping dogs have been known to awaken and howl along with favorite songs.

As a companion animal, this occasionally pronounced hunting instinct may manifest in the home as a dog that gives chase to birds, squirrel, and cats. PBGVs can inspire a misguided need to express dominance on the part of passing dogs. PBGV owners need to be alert to this potential misinterpretation, as Petits are easily outclassed in both size and aggressiveness.

The UK Kennel Club conducted a health survey of Basset Griffon Vendens (both Petit and Grand varieties combined) in 2004. [4] The Petit Basset Griffon Venden (PBGV) Club of America has conducted two health surveys, one in 1994 and one in 2000. Average longevity of PBGVs in the 2000 Club of America survey was 12.7 years (standard deviation 3.9).

Compared to surveyed longevities of other breeds of similar size, Basset Griffon Vendens have a typical or somewhat higher than average life expectancy. In the PBGV Club of America 2000 survey, the most common diseases reported by owners of 640 dogs were persistent pupillary membranes, recurrent ear infections, hypothyroidism, neck pain, and epilepsy, treated with daily medication, principally phenobarbitol. [5] In later years they can develop an eye condition known to mainly effect German Shepherds, called Panis.

Among 289 live Basset Griffon Vendens (both varieties) in the 2004 UKC survey, the most common health issues noted by owners were reproductive, dermatologic (dermatitis and mites), and aural (otitis externa, excessive ear wax, and ear mites). [4] They are also prone to dislocation of their hips due to their long bodies, short legs, and the fact they carry a robust amount of weight for their size. They should have daily walks or much play time in a large, fenced yard to burn off excess energy.

Do petit basset griffon Vendeen shed?

Grooming. To keep their rough coat free of mats, PBGVs require regular brushing, and also clipping and trimming every few months. Contrary to what some breeders say, these dogs do shed and are not hypoallergenic. … Shaggy dogs are not suited to fastidious housekeepers!

Do petit basset griffon Vendeen bark alot?

PBGVs can be stubborn and difficult to housebreak. Crate training is recommended. This breed likes to bark. Don’t be surprised by the PBGV that has plenty to say.

What does petit basset griffon Vendeen mean in English?

About the Breed. Bred to work in a pack, PBGVs enjoy company and do well with other dogs and kids. A loose translation of the name describes the dog well : Petit (small), Basset (low), Griffon (shaggy), Venden (from the Vende region of France).

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen temperament, personality, training, behavior, pros and cons, advice, and information, by Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

The AKC Standard says, “Bold and vivacious in character… tough and robust in construction… an alert outlook, lively bearing, and a good voice freely used.” In other words, he is lively, enthusiastic, curious, reacts quickly to interesting scents and sudden movements, and is always looking for something to do.

The PBGV plays vigorously and needs long daily walks and frequent romps. But this inquisitive sniffing machine should not be trusted off-leash, for he is a confirmed chaser who will follow his nose, right into trafic. He may sound off (in a surprisingly deep bass) when strangers enter his territory, but then he welcomes them with happy wags.

This stubborn, clever little hound requires an owner who knows when to laugh at his appealing whiskery face and mischievous antics and when to be firm and in control. Is built long and low to the ground, with a rustic wiry coat and whiskery face Is tough and robust, bold and curious Is energetic and enthusiastic and always looking for something to do Thrives on vigorous outdoor exercise Will alert you when strangers arrives, but then welcomes them Is usually sociable with other dogs Providing a good amount of exercise Strong instincts to chase other animals who run Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge Running away, oblivious to your calls, when an interesting scent catches his attention Grooming: regular brushing and combing, plus regular trimming and clipping “Shaggy dog syndrome,” i.e. debris clinging to the coat, water soaking into the beard and dripping on your floors Digging holes Potential for excessive barking

To keep their rough coat free of mats, PBGVs require regular brushing, and also clipping and trimming every few months. This is where leaves, mud, snow, fecal matter, and other debris cling to the coat and ends up in your house.

A correctly proportioned Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is about 50 percent longer than tall, enabling the dog to push through dense thickets. This breed has strong bone and surprising nimbleness. The gait is free, giving the appearance of a dog that is capable of a full day in the field. The tousled appearance results in part from the rough coat, with long facial furnishings. This, in combination with the thick shorter undercoat, gives the PBGV ample protection against brambles and the elements. The dogs alert and friendly expression reflects this breeds true nature.

The long French name provides an accurate description of the breed: Petit (small) Basset (low) Griffon (rough-coated) Venden (its area of origin in France). This area, on the west coast of France, is filled with thick brambles, underbrush, and rocky terrain, requiring a dog that had a coat that could withstand thorns and brambles, short legs that could enable the dog to wind his way through the underbrush in pursuit of rabbits, but nimbleness to run over rocks and logs without tiring.

Thus, the PBGV is more than a wirecoated Basset Hound, and more than a dwarf Grand Basset Griffon Venden (a breed that resembles a slightly taller PBGV), even though closely related to both breeds. In France, the Griffon Venden was considered to be one breed with two sizes until the 1950s. Despite its appearance, the PBGV is not a Basset Hound in a wire coat.

It is a merry, inquisitive, tough, busy dog, always on the lookout for excitement and fun. This dog loves to sniff, explore, trail, and dig. Amiable and playful, the PBGV is good with children, other dogs, and most pets, and is friendly toward strangers.

Not content to lie around, this dogs exercise requirements can be easily fulfilled, however, by a good walk on leash or a vigorous romp in the yard. The coat needs weekly brushing and occasional tidying of straggling hairs. Major concerns: none Minor concerns: otitis externa, CHD, PPM, some retinal and corneal conditions Occasionally seen: meningitis, patellar luxation, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, intervertebral disk disease Suggested tests: hip, eye Life span: 1114 years

Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary.

The Petit Basset Griffon Venden is a vivacious small French hunting hound known for a happy demeanor and durable constitution. Bred to work in a pack, PBGVs enjoy company and do well with other dogs and kids.

Appearance[edit]

Both males and females should be of similar size, range between 12.5 and 15.5 inches (32 to 40 cm) at the withers and between 25 and 40 pounds (15 to 20 kilograms).Like the other 3 Griffon Vendéen breeds: the Grand Griffon Vendéen, Briquet Griffon Vendéen, and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen; they are solid dogs that appear rough and unrefined yet casual. They have short legs, a sturdy bone structure, and a body that is only slightly longer than it is tall at the withers. The body length is not as extreme as that of a basset hound or dachshund.The dogs have a tousled appearance, with a harsh double coat that is both long and rough. The hair on the face and legs may be softer than body hair. The fur on the face resembles a beard and moustache. They usually have very long eyelashes.The skull is domed, with drop, oval ears like many hounds share, though dogs tend to have higher domes than bitches. The ears are set low and hanging, and if stretched out should reach the tip of the nose. The tail is usually held upright, and is long and tapered to the end, similar in shape to a saber.The coloring is primarily white with spots of orange or lemon or black or grizzle (gray-and-white hairs) or sable, sometimes with tan accents. They may be bicolor, tricolor, or have grizzling.

Temperament and breeding[edit]

PBGVs are extroverted, friendly, and independent hounds.The PBGV is not a quiet dog. While no PBGV would ever be called “yippy,” their assertive, hound-bray is uncharacteristically loud for their petite stature. The outspoken nature of a PBGV varies from dog to dog, but even the shyest Petit will greet other dogs with a bark or call.Like other hounds, Petits can be a little stubborn when it comes to training. Yet it is not unusual to see PBGV’s excel in agility, obedience and in the ring – all requiring training.Because they are so extroverted, friendly, and happy, PBGVs make superb therapy dogs.PBGVs are excellent hunting and tracking dogs. Many PBGVs have passed a “Hunting Instinct Test” and earned AKC hunting titles. Petits who work in this manner do not hunt to kill. In the Vendee region of France, the dogs are used to flush and track rabbit in the bramble, sending rabbit out into the open where the hunter takes the rabbit with a shot. Skilled hunting dogs work well with other dogs in the pack, alerting the pack to the presence of a rabbit, or to a rabbit in motion down a trail. “Saber tails,” another PBGV nickname, are typically white at the tip of the tail, so the tail is easily identified by a hunter above the bramble and brush.As a companion animal, this occasionally pronounced hunting instinct may manifest in the home as a dog that gives chase to birds, squirrel, and cats. For some PBGVs, this instinct may be difficult to overcome with training. Most PBGVs make fine companion animals, and have suitable manners to live among cats and other animals without assuming a hunting role. Potential PBGV owners are cautioned to be aware of this instinct and, if cats are present in the home, work to acclimate the puppy or dog to recognize that the cat is part of the home “pack.”As scent hounds, most PBGVs should be kept on-leash when in open, non-fenced outdoor areas. Even the most obedient dog may give chase when a scent is found. Petits are natural athletes, and they can run fast and long where scent is involved. Scent will typically trump obedience in the mind of a PBGV. In fact, PBGVs excel at nose work and many have earned AKC scent work and tracking titles.The outspoken nature and erect tail of a PBGV can be misinterpreted by other dogs, as these manners typically express dominance to other dogs. PBGVs can inspire a misguided need to express dominance on the part of passing dogs. PBGV owners need to be alert to this potential misinterpretation, as Petits are easily outclassed in both size and aggressiveness.

Health[edit]

The UK Kennel Club conducted a health survey of Basset Griffon Vendéens (both Petit and Grand varieties combined) in 2004.

Mortality[edit]

Average longevity of PBGVs in the 2000 Club of America survey was 12.7 years (standard deviation 3.9).Average longevity of 76 deceased Basset Griffon Vendéens (both varieties) in the 2004 UK Kennel Club survey was 12.1 years (maximum 17.3 years).Compared to surveyed longevities of other breeds of similar size, Basset Griffon Vendéens have a typical or somewhat higher than average life expectancy.

Morbidity[edit]

In the PBGV Club of America 2000 survey, the most common diseases reported by owners of 640 dogs were persistent pupillary membranes, recurrent ear infections, hypothyroidism, neck pain, and epilepsy, treated with daily medication, principally phenobarbitol.Among 289 live Basset Griffon Vendéens (both varieties) in the 2004 UKC survey, the most common health issues noted by owners were reproductive, dermatologic (dermatitis and mites), and aural (otitis externa, excessive ear wax, and ear mites).

Care[edit]

Part of the charm of a PBGV is its tousled, unkempt appearance.They should have daily walks or much play time in a large, fenced yard to burn off excess energy. They need to be brushed regularly, but not daily, to avoid matting and tangles.To keep the coat well groomed it should be occasionally stripped. Hairs must be pulled out of the coat using either a special stripping tool or the finger and thumb. The coat is shallow rooted and is made to come out if trapped, so this grooming method causes no pain.They need regular ear cleanings to prevent yeast infections and clipping of the claws is normally needed once or twice a month.

Crufts 2013[edit]

Winner of the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, in 2013, the four-year-old Soletrader Peek A Boo (“Jilly”) beat more than twenty thousand dogs to take the coveted title. She won the Hound Group on the first day of the show and then proceeded to win Best of Show on the fourth day. Jilly was previously Reserve Best of Show at Crufts in 2011.

History

The PBGV, as it is affectionately known, is an ancient breed with roots in sixteenth-century Europe. The long French name provides an accurate description of the breed: Petit (small) Basset (low) Griffon (rough-coated) Vendéen (its area of origin in France). This area, on the west coast of France, is filled with thick brambles, underbrush, and rocky terrain, requiring a dog that had a coat that could withstand thorns and brambles, short legs that could enable the dog to wind his way through the underbrush in pursuit of rabbits, but nimbleness to run over rocks and logs without tiring. Thus, the PBGV is more than a wirecoated Basset Hound, and more than a dwarf Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen (a breed that resembles a slightly taller PBGV), even though closely related to both breeds. In England in the mid 1800s, the PBGV was shown with the Basset Hound as a wire-coated variety, but the PBGV is a longer legged, more nimble hound. In France, the Griffon Vendéen was considered to be one breed with two sizes until the 1950s. The AKC recognized the PBGV in 1990, and since then the PBGV has attracted many new admirers because of its merry disposition and tousled carefree appearance.

Temperament

Despite its appearance, the PBGV is not a Basset Hound in a wire coat. It is a merry, inquisitive, tough, busy dog, always on the lookout for excitement and fun. This dog loves to sniff, explore, trail, and dig. Amiable and playful, the PBGV is good with children, other dogs, and most pets, and is friendly toward strangers. The breed is stubborn and independent, and tends to dig and bark.

Upkeep

Not content to lie around, this dog’s exercise requirements can be easily fulfilled, however, by a good walk on leash or a vigorous romp in the yard. The coat needs weekly brushing and occasional tidying of straggling hairs.

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