Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen

Description

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen was developed for hunting small game. Its body is well-muscled and long. Its legs are short, giving it a compressed appearance. The front legs are straight and the back legs are moderately angled. Its back is strong and straight. It has an elongated neck that transitions angled to the back. The breed’s head is comparable in size to its body. The ears are long and fold toward its face. The eyes are almost obscured by the long fur on the crown of its head. The coat, which is coarse, is long and somewhat shaggy over most of the body.

Temperament

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen has a spirited temperament to match its general expression. The breed loves entertaining its family and will seek to get as much attention as it possibly can. It is responsive to training, but has a stubborn streak. Its entertaining personality makes it a natural companion for children. However, supervision is recommended when the breed interact with very young or small children. It get’s along fine with other pets, including other dogs.

Height and Weight

The male and female Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen are about the same height and weight. The breed has an average height of 13-15 inches and weighs an average of 25-35 pounds.

Health Problems

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen is basically a healthy breed. Some types may develop hip dysplasia and otitis external. Although rare, the breed is susceptible to developing epilepsy and patella luxation.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen is more suitable for outdoor living conditions. It is energetic and enjoys running around free. If it becomes discontent or bored it may become destructive, so it is recommended that any personal items be moved out of its way, if it resides outdoors. The breed may also dig.

Exercise

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen is an energetic breed that loves hunting. It will usually obtain the exercise it needs.

Life Expectancy

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen has an average life expectancy of 12-14 years.

Litter Size

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen has an average of 4-6 puppies.

Grooming

Only basic grooming is required for the Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen. Brushing the coat on a regular basis and washing it occasionally is all that is necessary for this breed. Bacteria may become trapped in its ears, so it is a good idea to clean the ears regularly.

Origin

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen was developed on France in the 1800s.

Group

Scenthound

Color

The Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen is predominately white. It may also have shades of black, yellow, orange, or brown on its coat.