meet thePetit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Definitely not a hairy Basset Hound, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, or PBGV's, name in French reveals much about him: Petit- small; Basset- low to the ground; Griffon- rough or wire coated; and Vendéen- the area of France from which he originated. A scent hound, the PBGV is bold and alert with a strong, tapered tail carried like a saber. His long, rough coat should appear casual and tousled. Coat colors include white with any combination of lemon, orange, black, sable, tricolor or grizzle markings, providing easy visibility in the field.


Training &Temperament

​It’s tough to resist falling for PBGVs at first sight. Not only are they ridiculously cute, they’re among the happiest dog breeds—and their zest for life is infectious. If Mona Lisa were a PBGV owner, she’d be smiling ear to ear. Bred to work in packs, they enjoy company and do well with other dogs and kids. They’re busy and energetic, and will get barky. Training, as with all independent-working hounds, can be challenging but by no means impossible.

Did You Know?

Date Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen entered into Regular Classes: February 1, 1991.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is AKC's 131st breed.

The breed can be traced to the sixteenth century and to the Griffon Vendéen, his larger, more powerful ancestor.

His name in French reveals much about him: Petit - small; Basset - low to the ground; Griffon - rough or wire coated; and Vendéen - the area of France in which he originated.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America was founded at the AKC Centennial Show in 1984. The breed was admitted to AKC registration effective December 1, 1990.

In the United States the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is referred to as "Petits", in England as "Griffs" or "Roughies", and in Denmark as "Griffs" or "Petits."

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Tan 018
White & Black 202
White & Gray 210
White & Grizzle 221
White & Lemon 211
White & Orange 213
White & Sable 215
White Black & Tan 219
Fawn 082


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
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