The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small dog that has very short legs thus is very close to the ground. It therefore looks oval, being longer than it is tall. The proportion of the head fits well with the rest of the body. The head is dome shaped and has a slightly sloping muzzle that terminates at a black nose. The nostrils seem quite large. The teeth of this dog are complete and it has strong jaws. The dog’s teeth meet in a complete dentition.
The oval eyes of the dog are wide and dark. This dog has a thin and oval hair that covers the ears, with the tip almost reaching the nose. The tail of the dog is medium sized and set high, carried over the back. In most cases, dewclaws are removed when the dog is a few days old.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a dog that has a double layered skin coat. There is a short and dense smooth undercoat while the outer coat is harsh and long. The eyes of this dog, moustache and beard are all covered with hair. Common color coats of this dog include a combination of orange, black orange, tan or even tricolor with grizzle markings. The height of this dog is 13 – 15 inches while the weight range is 31 – 40 inches.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a cheerful, playful and ever energetic dog. In some circles, this dog is also referred to as the Little Griffon Vendeen Basset. When the dog is at play, it is very comical to watch. It is ever curious to explore it surroundings and self assured when it is outside. This dog makes acquaintances very fast due to its social nature. It is also a very social dog with children, mainly because it loves to play and will enjoy itself immensely when people decide to play.
Due to its energetic nature, this dog risks engaging in undesirable behavior the event that it is not led well. Firm leadership is therefore very important as the lack of it makes the dog misbehave and start being involved in undesirable behavior. Daily exercise is also important in making sure that the dog does not misbehave as this dog has it in its genes that it is a pack dog. This therefore means that daily pack walks are very important.
The main health problems seen in this breed are hereditary problems. Among these include eye problems, glaucoma, meningitis, fever or even back pain. This can in some instances be fatal if not well checked.
Mortality is low through the lifespan of the dog. The dog lives an average of about 14 or more years
As the dog has a double coat, regular grooming sessions are recommended to ensure that the dog’s coat is looking good. Weekly brushings are recommended and more frequent brushings when the dog is shedding.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a close relative of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen of which it was bred from. Due to the crossbreeding of the large and small varieties, puppies have continually been big and small in the same litter. This dog was recognized by the AKC in 1991