The shaggy double coat requires regular brushing and combing to reduce shedding.
Confident, happy and extroverted, the PBGV is best suited to the active, experienced dog owner with older children and a well-fenced yard. The breed is not a couch potato and needs daily exercise - if not, he may express his displease by using his "hound voice" or creating amusing diversions of his own. Although independent, he is still willing to please. If a PBGV possesses the correct harsh coat, he will require a thorough weekly brush out to stay in condition.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The PBGV is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Regular weekly grooming with a brush and the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Older children and a well-fenced yard are also best for them. The breed is not a couch potato and needs daily exercise - if not, he may express his displease by using his "hound voice" or creating amusing diversions of his own. Although independent, he is still willing to please. The PBGV is independent, curious, intelligent, and inventive. They should be trained with positive reinforcement. PBGVs are very independent and determined, traits that were useful when hunting rabbits in thick brush and brambles. A PBGV is not a guard dog and will greet everyone with a wag of the tail and complete confidence.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Also, Hypothyroidism, glaucoma, retinal folds, persistent pupiliary membranes, hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and patellar luxation have been reported but are not common. Be sure to talk to your dog’s breeder about all possible health risks and maintain a close relationship throughout the dog’s life so the breeder can share his or her wealth of experience as your PBGV matures.
Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of the PBGVs are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a the PBGV can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.