The inspiration for Amadeus from Pulse and Prejudice
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen (pronounced peh-TEE bah-SAY grih-FON von-day-ON, and nicknamed the PBGV) has a rough, scruffy outline and distinctive long eyebrows, beard, and moustache. They are generally 13 to 15 inches tall, and their bodies are longer than they are tall. PBGVs were bred to hunt small game, such as rabbits, in rough terrain.
In addition to their charmingly tousled appearance, PBGVs have a delightful personality. They are active, happy, curious, and highly intelligent. They are affectionate dogs that need attention from people. They are great with children and people of all ages. They also get along well with other dogs and pets in your family when properly socialized.
While PBGVs can have a mind of their own, they respond well to patient, consistent training methods. Bored or lonely PBGVs will find ways to entertain themselves, so it’s important to give yours a variety of toys and things to chew on, as well as keeping him in a safe place where he can’t harm himself or your possessions if you must leave him alone.
As delightful as PBGVs are, you should know that according to the American Kennel Club breed standard (standardized guidelines for the breed), the PBGV has “a good voice freely used.” It doesn’t take much to translate that into “He likes to bark!” If it’s any consolation, PBGVs usually just bark at something rather than barking just to hear their own voices.
Also, like all hounds, the PBGV is governed by his nose. You should always keep your PBGV on a leash when walking in unfenced areas. All it takes is one enticing smell for him to be off on the hunt!
They definitely need a fenced yard, but since some PBGVs are escape artists, you’ll need to be sure that it is at least four feet tall (so they can’t jump over it), and regularly inspect it for holes or areas where he might escape. Electric fences don’t deter a PBGV who has seen a rabbit or a squirrel just beyond the boundary. The momentary shock will go unnoticed as he wildly runs after prey. Another disadvantage of an invisible fence is that it doesn’t prevent other dogs from coming into your yard and harming your PBGV.
PBGVs are pack animals at heart, and enjoy only one thing more than the company of another dog or pet–your company, of course!