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Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen


For a long time, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen had the same pattern as the Grand Basset, however, the size was different (from 34 to 38 cm). The result of this use was not very bright, because these dogs were semi-crooked (or curved) and as heavy as the Great Basset.  

Country of Origin: France.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:  Small, active and vigorous, with a slightly long body. Tail carried proudly. Hard and long hair, without exaggeration. Expressive head; ears well turned in, furnished with long hair and set below the eye line, but not too long.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  Passionate about hunting, courageous, likes thick brush and tangled bushes.  Docile, but stubborn and passionate.


Skull : Slightly rounded, neither too long nor too wide; well chiseled under the eyes; the occipital protuberance is well developed.


Stop :  Well marked.


Truffle:  Prominent, well developed; open nostrils; black, except for the white and orange coat dogs, where the brown truffle is tolerated.


Snout:  Much shorter than that of Great Bassets, yet very slightly elongated and straight. Square muzzle at its end.

Lips:  Covered by full mustaches.


Jaws and Teeth:  Scissor bite.

Eyes:  Quite large and intelligently expressed, without visible conjunctiva (white of the eyes). The hair above the eyebrows, which falls forward, should not cover the eyes. The eyes must be dark in color.

Ears :  Flexible, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, ending in a slightly oval shape, turned inwards and not completely reaching the end of the snout. Set well below the eye line.

NECK :  Long, robust and well-muscled; strong insertion; no dewlap. Haughty head.


Back:  Straight, well leveled topline.

Loin:  muscular.


Croup:  Muscular and quite broad.

chest :  Not too wide. Quite deep, reaching the level of the elbows.


Ribs :  Moderately rounded.

TAIL:  Set on high, quite thick at the root, tapering gradually to the tip; preferably short, carried in a saber shape.



PREVIOUS :  Very strong bone, but proportionate to its size.

Shoulders :  Dry, oblique, well attached to the body

Forearms: Well developed.

Carpi: Very slightly marked



Thighs: Muscular and slightly rounded

Hocks :  Quite broad, slightly angled, never quite straight.

Paws :  Not too strong, hard pads, well closed fingers, solid nails. Good pigmentation of the pads is desired.

  • DRIVE :  Very fluent and easy.

  • SKIN :  Quite thick, marbled in the tricolor specimens. Absence of dewlap.

  • COAT

By :  Hard, but not too long. Never silky, not woolly.

  • COLOR:

  1. Black with white spots (white and black). Black with brown spots (black and brown). Black with sand stains. Fawn with white spots (white and orange). Fawn with black mantle and white spots (tricolor). Charcoal fawn. Charcoal sand with white spots. encrusted sand. Traditional names: hare fur, wolf fur, badger fur or boar fur.

SIZE : 34 to 38 cm, with a tolerance of 1 cm more or less.

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from the terms of this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well being of the dog.  



• Too short.

• Flat skull.

• Depigmentation of the nose, lips and eyelids.

• Short muzzle.  

• Pincer bite

• Clear eyes  

• Ears set high, long, insufficiently turned in, lacking hair.  



• Too long or too short, lack of harmony.

• Topline insufficiently tight.

• Dropping croup.



• Deflected tail. members

• Weak bone.

• Lack of angulation.

• Loose paws.



• Insufficiently dense; fine hair.



• Shy.




• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Lack of typicality.

• Overshot or undershot.

• Different colored eyes.

• Narrow sternum region: very narrow ribs at the bottom;

• Curled tail.

• Crooked or semi-crooked limbs.

• Woolly fur.

• All black or white dogs.

• Important depigmentation.

• Size different from that stipulated by the standard.

• Visible disability; anatomical malformation.

• Fearful or aggressive animal.



• Males must present both testicles, of normal appearance, well let down and accommodated in the scrotum.

• Only clinically and functionally healthy dogs with typical breed conformation should be used for breeding.

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