Say Hello to the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen!
Behavior of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is very often chosen to be family dogs and companions because they have the perfect personality for it. They are perfect for a house with a nice yard because they love to run and play with the kids but they also love to go off on their own sniffing around to see what they can find. This often leads to some mischief if they are left to their own devices, so it always wise to keep a close on them. The one thing you want to remember about this dog is that it needs a lot of exercise to help keep it happy and healthy. Be prepared to walk the dog every day and give the opportunity to run and exercise. For this reason, this breed is better suited for home living and not for apartments.
Training a Petit Basset can be something of a challenge. As is the case with many hound dogs, this dog can be stubborn and may take a long time to take to training methods. However, when treats are used as a motivation, this breed can catch on faster. You should start training as early on as possible so you can establish leadership early to avoid any problems as the dog gets older.
The Petit Basset cannot be left off of a leash. They are known to run and chase and have a one track mind when it comes to finding things and are likely to ignore any pleas to stop. A leash and a fenced yard are an absolute must for this dog, and even then they are excellent problem solvers and can often find ways under or over a fence.
Appearance of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are small dogs that have with a wiry, tussled coat of hair. They have very shaggy eyebrows and beards. This type of hair is ideal for them when they are hunting in the brush for small animals. Most of the dogs are white in color with a combination of some other color, most frequently black, orange or even lemon. They are normally about thirteen to fifteen inches tall and weigh between thirty and thirty-eight pounds. These dogs are general longer than they are tall.
They have a double coat that is medium length with tussled, wiry hair. The undercoat of the dog is very short and thick and feels soft to the touch while the outer coat is tough. While the eyebrows are long, they are not so long as to completely cover the eyes, as is the case with some other breeds.
Grooming your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
While the Petit Basset may look like it needs a lot of care for grooming, the truth is it is actually quite easy to care for. Their hair only needs to be brushed a couple of times a week in order to remove any loose hair and keep tangles from forming. This breed should only be bathed as it is needed. Other grooming, such as teeth cleaning and checking of ears, should be done to keep the dog healthy.
History of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a French breed that was originally bred for hunting and is still bred for that purpose today. The breed started along the coast of France where the area is known to be thick with brush and brambles and a dog of this nature was needed to help chase and hunt small animals like rabbits and foxes. It is one of four sizes of the Griffon Vendeen, which consists of the Grand, the Briquet, the Grand Basset and the Petit Basset. The Petit Basset can be seen in the late nineteenth century and did not begin to be imported to the United States until the 1980s. The breed continues to grow in popularity around the world to this day.