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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog breed

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament
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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

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."

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV or "Petit", for short) is actually more like a terrier than a basset. In other words, he is enthusiastic, curious, vocal, reacts quickly to interesting scents and sudden movements, and is always looking for something to do.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 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.

He may sound off (in a surprisingly deep bass) when strangers enter his territory, but then he welcomes them with happy wags.

Most PBGVs are extroverted with other dogs and cats, but pet rabbits and rodents are not a wise addition to the household.

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.

Potential behavioral issues? The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen demands attention and enjoys barking and digging.


If you want a dog who...

  • 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 with happy wags
  • Is usually sociable with other dogs

A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen may be right for you.


If you don't want to deal with...

  • 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
  • Regular clipping and trimming of the wiry coat
  • Slowness to housebreak
  • Digging holes
  • Potential for excessive barking

A Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen may not be right for you.

But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
  1. choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
  2. or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
  3. training your dog to respect you
  4. avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy


More traits and characteristics of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

If I was considering a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, I would be most concerned about...

  1. Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. The PBGV is an energetic go-getter. They MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing.

  2. Chasing other animals. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was developed to hunt other animals. They have strong instincts to chase and seize fleeing creatures. This can make for conflict if you own a cat. It may be much worse than that if you own a pet rabbit or hamster!

    The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen cannot be trusted off-leash. They will take off -- oblivious to your frantic shouts -- after anything that runs.

  3. Fence security. Many PBGVs are clever escape artists who will go over or under fences in search of adventure. To keep your Petit Basset in, you may need higher fences than you might imagine for their short height. You may also need to sink wire into the ground along the fence line to thwart digging. Gates should have the highest quality locks.

  4. Mind of their own. PBGVs are not Golden Retrievers. They have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. They can be manipulative, and some are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.

    To teach your Petit to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Petit Basset Training Page discusses the program you need.

  5. Grooming. To keep their rough coat free of mats, PBGVs require regular brushing, and also clipping and trimming every few months.

  6. Housebreaking. Expect four to six months of consistent crate training before you see results.

  7. Barking. PBGVs are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. For the same reason, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen should NEVER be left outside in your yard, unsupervised.


book cover To learn more about training the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.

It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.

Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.



book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.


If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.


book cover Once you have your Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.

My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.

Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.



Please consider adopting an ADULT Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen...

When you're acquiring a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.

But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!

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