The Super Sniffer Petit Basset Griffon Dog Guide

Why This Breed May Find Treasure

  • Medium Breed
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Patella Luxation
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen photo

Is the Petit Basset Griffon Right For You?

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    The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small hound with a great deal of energy.

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    Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are best suited for pet parents with older kids and plenty of yard space.

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    Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppies can be noisy, like most hounds, if they are unhappy.


The little cousin of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of a number of French breeds that were bred down to a smaller size in the 16th century. Used to hunt rabbit, this breed is considered a scent hound. They were recognized by the AKC in 1991.

quick facts

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    11-14 years of age.

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    13 to 15 inches at the shoulder

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    Male Weight

    25 to 42 pounds

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    Female Height

    13 to 15 inches at the shoulder

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    Female Weight

    25 to 42 pounds

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    Litter Size

    Four to six, with an average of 5 puppies


The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a smart, chipper, friendly, funny little dog. Bold and curious, this dog loves to go exploring. This breed requires a firm hand in order to be properly socialized. They are great with children, and can learn to live with cats, but are not safe to be left alone with other small animals. If a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen thinks that they are smarter than the people in their home, they will assume the role as pack leader, and this is when things can get out of hand.


The Petit Basset Griffon Vandeen comes in orange, lemon, gray, or black. Other acceptable colors are bicolor, tricolor, or grizzling.

health concerns

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens can have a few health issues to deal with:


Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens have well-balanced bodies that are noticeably longer than they are tall. Their head is proportional and ovular when looked at in profile. Their tail is medium in length and is held up high. Their outer coat is rough and their undercoat is thick and short.

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