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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed of Dog:

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, also known as grand basset griffon vendeen, are animals that sport a rather unkempt wiry coat.



The noticeable features of the breed’s appearance include the presence of shaggy eyebrows, a beard and moustache. The dog is medium sized and  has a square looking head while the muzzle is covered by a long flowing beard that ends with a black nose.



They have deep set eyes and their long ears hang down around their faces. The hair on the faces is so shaggy that you may not be able to get a glimpse of their eyes first off.



The color of the Petit basset griffon vendeen will generally be white with some random markings on its coat in black, orange or yellow.  Its thick coat helps protect its body from any thick underbrush that used to be a common occurrence during its time being used as hunting dogs in its native France. The English translation of its full name is actually ‘small, low to the ground, wired hair of Vendeen’

The dogs are extremely friendly and playful, while consistently demanding a great deal of attention from its owners or companions. They are extremely intelligent animals while also being very inquisitive – a combination of characteristics that require someone to keep a close eye on them throughout the day and keep them safe from any danger. The dog has an air of confidence about it and therefore requires to be mastered by a person with a strong character to prevent it from developing a mentality that it is the leader of the pack. Certain training methods like making sure you are in front of the dog during daily walk will make it understand that you are the master as dogs believe the leader always leads from the front. Exercise is essential for this animal and it is best suited for cooler climates. While they have been extensively used for outdoor activities like hunting, they can easily adapt to living in an apartment so long as it gets enough exercise. When going out for a walk though, never allow it to roam off leash as their hunting instincts and strong sense of smell could urge them into chasing any small animal in close proximity.

The dogs will usually live for more than 14 years but are known to suffer from medical problems such as eye abnormalities and glaucoma.

 
  Submitted on January 5, 2010