Breed Profile: The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Best in Show for Crufts 2013 was awarded to Soletrader Peek A Boo, better known as “Jilly”, a charming Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen owned by Gavin and Sara Robertson. This spirited little breed was unfamiliar to many watching – indeed the breed is a relatively rare sight outside of the show ring. We at Groomers have therefore decided to provide an introduction this active and affection breed, typically abbreviated to PBGV.

Background and Temperament

The PBGV breed was originally bred to trail hares in the bramble-filled terrain of the Vendee district of France. This scent-hound type dog has a small but sturdy build, typically well-balanced and low to the ground, with an average height of only 14”. The breed has a moderately high life expectancy of 12 years on average, and they are happy at home or in the countryside. These dogs have inquisitive, busy personalities best suited to active and involved owners.

Grooming Needs

PBGV dogs have wiry coats, which will need brushing once or twice a week. The breed has a combination of short, soft undercoat and a longer wiry and dense outer coat, which can matt and tangle without adequate grooming.

Breed standard grooming states that the PBGV should be hand stripped, with loose hairs trimmed around the face, feet and ears. These dogs should be bathed every 4 – 6 weeks, and they can also be prone to ear infections, so it is important to clean their ears regularly.

PBGV Grooming Kit:

  • Bristle brush
  • Slicker
  • Groomers Groom and Detangle
  • Bull nose scissors
  • Groomers Clean Ear
  • Stripping knife

If you are interested in owning a PBGV, contact the Kennel Club for approved breeders in your area. Groomers support responsible dog ownership – ensure you only bring a new dog into your life after thorough research and consideration of its needs.

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