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.
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!