Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen : This little dog gives a whole French lesson with his big name: Petit means "small," basset means "low to the ground," griffon means "shaggy-faced" (about dogs, in any language), and Vendéen is the area of France that he comes from. Known in the United States only since the 1980s. I want one!
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog Breed Information and Pictures
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen was bred in 19th-century France for chasing & retrieving hares. It has its own stubborn thoughts on things, but is affectionate with children and other dogs. It is also suitable for urban and cold weather living, but requires a lot of exercise.
Originating in 16th century France, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen (PBGV) was bred to hunt small game by scent. Capable of hunting in any type of weather as well as over any type of terrain, it is the smallest of the four hounds that come from the Vendée region of Western France.
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A loose translation of this breed's name describes the dog well: "Petit" meaning small, "Basset" meaning low, "Griffon" meaning shaggy, and "Vendéen" referencing the Vendée region of France. Put it all together and you have the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, an alert, vivacious, and happy dog.