Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Small Basset Griffon Vendéen is a medium-sized dog from France known for its sense of smell and its ability to track small prey such as rabbits and hares.

General details

According to breed standards, their weight is usually between 16 and 18 kilograms in males, and between 14 and 16 kilograms in females. In terms of height, males measure around 34-38 centimeters at the withers, while females are slightly smaller, with a height of approximately 33-36 centimeters. The Small Griffon Griffon Vendée Basset belongs to Group 6 of the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) which includes hound-type dogs, tracking dogs and related breeds. As for the average life expectancy, it is estimated that they can live between 12 and 14 years.

Breed history in brief

The Small Basset Griffon Vendée is a breed of dog originating from France, specifically from the Vendée region. Its history dates back to the 19th century, when it was developed as a versatile hunting dog, capable of tracking and hunting small prey such as rabbits and hares. The breed is the result of crosses between different breeds of French hounds. Today, the Little Basset Griffon Vendée is still used as a hunting dog in some areas, but has also gained popularity as a companion and show dog.

Breed characteristics

The breed has a medium size and a slightly long body. Its face is expressive and its eyes are large and intelligent in expression. The ears are medium-sized and set below the eye line, and the tail is short and carried high in a sabre shape. One of the distinguishing characteristics of this breed is its prominent beard and whiskers. The coat is rough and harsh to the touch, with a soft, dense undercoat for protection. The most common color is white with black or tricolor (white, black and red) markings. The Vendean Small Basset Griffon is characterized by being a friendly, sociable and energetic dog in terms of temperament. This breed exhibits courage and a great passion for hunting. In addition, it demonstrates a docile nature, which facilitates its handling and training.

Common health problems

The Little Basset Griffon Venedean, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it shows a predisposition to suffer from certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are cataract, distichiasis, progressive retinal atrophy, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and dermatitis.

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