Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 14-16 years
Weight: Male: 12-20, Female: 11-18
Height: Male: 13-15, Female: 13-14
Origin of Name: The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen or PBGV, is a breed of dog of the scent hound type.
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Cindy is not a Wendy area for dogs. Between the reefs and the dense underbrush of coastal France there seems to be a hard, tough, headstrong hound to live as a predator. PBGV's rough coat was purposefully designed to protect against this harsh environment. Even rakib eyebrows, beards and mustaches that give the breed a large measure of its Old World charm are not strictly for cuteness: they protect sensitive areas of the face from thorns and thickening.
Along with 27 other hound breeds, the Petit Basset Griffon Vanden (PBGV) is still banned in France for its original purpose: hunting game by smell. Variation in size within each breed was developed to hunt different prey. The larger Grand Basset Griffon Vanden was used to pursue rosaries and wolves, while smaller PBGVs hunted hares and rabbits.
In the early 20th century, Paul Dijami, president of the newly formed Club du Basset Griffen Vandenay, set a standard for the breed. However, this initial standard included both Grand and Petit as they both came from the same litter at the same time. The 1909 standard for ""Basset Griffon Vanden"" finally recognized two different sizes: one 13-15 and one 15-17 . It was not until 1950 that the PBGV attained its standard and was regarded as a separate breed, although interbreeding between sizes was acceptable until 1975, when the club's third president, Hubert Dezami, abolished it.