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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV)

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was bred in France to track and chase game. He has a good nose for following the scent of animals. 

"Petit" is a French word meaning "small." 

"Basset" has come to mean "short-legged" though it may not have meant this originally. It is thought to have come from the French word "bas" meaning low. Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens' short legs make it easy for them to run along with their  nose on their ground. The harsh, hairy coat gives them protection from thorn bushes, and from the cold French winters.

 He is a "hound", meaning a dog who seeks out game. He is not to be confused with the Basset Hound, which has a short smooth coat. Read about the Basset Hound to find out more about the beginnings of the basset-type dogs. And the early history of dogs, and development of breeds.

The PBGV has a happy, outgoing temperament and makes a good pet. He will enjoy a big garden where he can run and get lots of exercise and where he can bark and not be too close to neighbours. 

The colour and markings of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen are of no importance. Height should be 34 - 38 cms at the shoulder.

Class: Hound

Petit basset griffon vendeen at a dog show

Petit basset griffon vendeen with slightly wavy coat

Petit basset griffon vendeen with long fringe over his eyes

Monkham's Kaptain Korelli, aka Woody, belongs to W. Streak


The petit basset griffon vendeen is not the smallest breed, but it has the word "small" in its name. (petit) Small, or not, it's not a breed to be looked down on!  Remember the small-town boy who became a king? Before he was crowned, he protested "Am I not of the smallest of the tribes and my family the least of all the families?" 

But God chose him to be king of Israel!

Sometimes we are feeling small & worthless. Let's remember that with God we can do great things!

Samuel chapter 9, 21 



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