The Small Basset griffon vendeen – Petit basset griffon vendeen It is a small size hunting dog (Petit), under (Basset), hard hair (Griffon) of French origin (in the region of the Vendée), mainly used for hunting rabbits with his great sense of smell.
It was developed from the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, larger copy, heavy and long.
In the past, often to raise both races together. In 1975 are prohibited from crossing them, Although they could still born puppies with characteristics of both races in a same litter. In France, It was a popular hunting dog for nearly a century (origin s. 16TH); However, the breed is relatively new in other regions.
Alternative names: Petit basset griffon vendéen / Kleiner basset griffon vendéen / small basset griffon vendéen
Group 6 – Section 1.3 – Hounds of small size
Dogs breeds: Small Basset griffon vendeen
Medium-sized, its height varies between the 33 and 38 cm and his weight between the 16 and 20 kg.
It is a small dog, rustic. Its aspect is neglected and natural. It has hard and rough hair with eyebrows, beard and whiskers woolly. White base, with black spots, Orange or grey.
Is well proportioned and is approximately a 50% longer than high. Wide tail at base, decreasing towards the tip thickness. It keeps it erect. Their ears are covered with hair; they are long but fail to reach the tip of the nose. Large nostrils. Its back is straight and slightly arched over the lumbar area.
It has large fame of Digger, jumper and escape expert, so you have to have it in a secure compound.
Usually, is happy, friendly and always busy in their explorations. He is intelligent and can be stubborn. It's funny and has many security. Jealous and playful. Pretty crook.
He is good with children and quite friendly with strangers and although his obstinacy, It is a little difficult to train, is not especially dependent or independent. Their dominance is moderate.
He is good with other dogs, but by his hunting instinct, It is not reliable with other pets. Being of small size, has a very loud bark, and tends to the howl.
Very strong race; serious genetic diseases are not known. Prone to ear infections. Times, allergies have been given to insecticides.
It has hard hair and moved it very little, Although it needs a cleaning and brushing regularly to avoid entanglements.
It requires moderate exercise, being a good companion to run. At home is very active and can live in an apartment only if exercise you enough.
As open space, It is enough with a small garden. Adaptable to most climates, prefer the colder. It´s suitable for novice owners. Care properly has an average life of 10 to 14 years.