Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)
The Basset Griffon Vendeen is a breed which originated from the Vendee region of France.
In 1947 its characteristics were fixed by Abel Desamy, a French breeder. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small (Petit), low (Basset), wire-haired (Griffon), French (from the Vendeen region) scent hound, used primarily for hunting rabbit.
They were developed from the white St. Hubert and the white & tan Italian hound. Also the "King's White" Grand Griffon which is a larger, heavier, and longer Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. The two breeds were often bred together in the past, so even though crossing them has been prohibited since 1975, puppies representing both types may still arise from a single litter.
They are sometimes called the "Little Griffon Vendeen Basset" they are merry, friendly and always very busy exploring. They are independent, bold and lively. They are a dog that needs 'people attention' and will demand it if his owner neglects him. They must have a well-secured yard, as they are a renowned digger, jumper and escape artist.
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