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Meet the breed: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a confident and pleasing companion to bring into your home, find out everything you need to know about the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.


  • Independent
  • Active
  • Intelligent
  • Self-confident
  • Tough


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Bred in France to hunt small game such as rabbits, the name Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen means “small Basset with wiry hair from the Vendee district of France.” Dating back to the 16th Century, this breed is an active Scenthound. An independent and over-confident breed, he’s small with a large ego.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen breed standards

Is this breed right for you?

Best for families with older children, this breed needs a lot of activity and exercise. Known for hunting and trailing, this dog does best with a house and a fenced-in yard. Although he may do well in an apartment due to his size, he can be loud if he doesn’t have enough to keep him busy. Overconfident with a knack for digging, he’ll need an owner that provides him with a strict home and good leadership skills. A smart pup, he’ll train well and will soon have a desire to please his master.

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Beginning his day with a sniff around the home, he’ll inspect every element of the house before going down to greet his master. Confidently strolling into the kitchen, he’ll happily sit in front of his bowl as he awaits his first meal of the day. After a brisk walk, a sniff of the terrain and happily leading his master along, he’ll return home to show the family who’s boss. Playing with his favorite rope toy and stuffed animal while you’re away, he’ll go into the yard to dig up the smell of game. After a nap in the sun, he’ll know that you’ll soon be home to greet and praise him for a day well spent.

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