The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a dog that originally came from Vendeen in France, hence, the Vendeen in the name. The breed's name actually describes the dog and its characteristics: "Petit" means small or short in stature, "Basset" is the word that describes its close-to-the-ground stance, and "Griffon" is the description of its hairy coat, which is wire coated. When these words are put together, the dog's name basically means a short, close-to-the-ground, wire coated dog from Vendeen, France. Below are more interesting facts about this breed of dog.
Did you know that the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was actually originally raised as a hunting dog? Despite its size, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was originally bred for hunting, which accounts for its being rather hyper-active. While this dog is primarily kept as a household pet around the world, it is still being used as a hunting hound in France where it originated from. It is good at hunting small game like guinea fowl, hares, and rabbits, because of its rather small and low stature that enables it to get to these animals at the same level. This dog is a scent hound, which means that it uses its keen sense of smell to find its prey.
Did you know that the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has different nicknames in different countries? This dog breed goes by a few nicknames, depending on the country it is in. In Denmark, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens are called the "griffs" and sometimes "petits". In England, they are nicknamed "roughies" and "griffs", while in the US, they are known as "petits".
One of the diseases that a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen suffers from is epilepsy. It is also prone to cancer and cardiac problems. This breed of dog is known to live an average of 12 years, but there are reports that some Griffon Vendeens had lived until a ripe old age of 17 years.
Did you know that the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was once allowed to interbreed with its bigger counterpart, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen? Because they look almost identical, with exception of the size, the Petit and Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens were allowed to interbreed with one another. However, this trend was strictly forbidden in 1975 to make sure that both breeds are distinct from one another. While this was imposed as a rule then, there are still quite a number of litters that end up with a mixture of these two Griffon breeds today. This shows that the supposed "pure-breed" of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not as pure as it is supposed to be.
Did you know that the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a surprisingly timid hunting dog? The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is not as aggressive as expected of a hunting dog. However, this does not make it less efficient as a hunter.