Petit Basset Griffon VendÃ©en
The Petit Basset Griffon VendÃ©en was originally bred for small game hunting in brushy areas in the La Vendee district of France. It is one of three Griffon VendÃ©en breeds.
The breed is 12.5 to 15.5 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 40 pounds. It is a solid breed with short legs and a body that is relatively proportionate ““ only slightly longer than it is tall. The coat of the breed is long and mostly rough. It is predominantly white with spots of orange, black, grizzle, or lemon, or sable with tan accents. It has a domed skull with hound-like dropped ears and a tapering tail.
The breed is friendly yet independent. It is intelligent, yet due to its tendency to be stubborn it may be difficult to train. The breed is suitable for family life, as long as the family is active. The Petit Basset Griffon VendÃ©en can tend to be vocal, and may howl or sing fairly often. It is generally known for its happiness and pleasant disposition.
The Petit Basset Griffon VendÃ©en has an average lifespan of 12.7 years, which is fairly typical of breeds its size. The breed tends to be fairly healthy but it may experience problems such as reproductive issues, dermatitis, mites, otitis externa, persistent papillary membranes, ear infections, hypothyroidism, neck pain, and epilepsy.
The breed is fairly low maintenance, but it needs to be walked and brushed regularly. The coat must be stripped twice a year. Its claws need to be trimmed and its ears cleaned once a month.