Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

(Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen)

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
09.01.1999.
KC
January 2011

UTILISATION

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FCI
Devil in the country, angel in the house, that’s our Basset. It’s a passionate hunter, that must, from an early age, get used to obeying. Perfect assistant to the hunter with a gun on territories of medium size, specialist for rabbit, but no other game escapes from it.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.3Scenthounds, Small-sized Hounds
With working trial

KC
Hound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
John Miller and Raymond Triquet.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
For a long time the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen had the same standard as the Grand Basset, only the size was different (from 34 to 38 cm). The result in utilization was not very brilliant, because they were semi-crooked and as heavy as the Grand Basset. That is why that M.Abel Dezamy created a separate standard for them. To define this hound, let us remember what Paul Daubigné wrote « It is no longer a small Vendéen by simple reduction of the height, but a small Basset harmoniously reduced in all his proportions and in its volume, that is naturally endowed with all the moral qualities which presuppose the passion for hunting ». A team of Petit Bassets won the first edition of France’s Cup on rabbit.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Small, active and vigorous hound, with a slightly elongated body. Proud tail carriage. Coat hard and long without exaggeration. Expressive head; leathers well turned inwards, covered with long hair and set below the level of the eye, not too long.
KC
Well balanced, short legged, rough coated, compact hound. Alert outlook and lively bearing.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
A strong, active hound capable of a day’s hunting, with a good voice purposefully used.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Behaviour: Passionate hunter, courageous, likes the bramble and scrub.
Temperament: Docile but wilful and passionate.
KC
Happy, extrovert, independent, yet willing to please.

HEAD

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KC
Head carried proudly. Skull of moderate length, slightly domed, not too wide, oval when viewed from above. Well cut away under eyes. Occiput moderately well developed. Stop clearly defined. Muzzle square, length from nose to stop slightly less than from stop to occiput. Underjaw strong and well developed. Nose black, large and prominent, with wide nostrils. Lips covered with long hair forming beard and moustache.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly domed, not too elongated nor very broad, well chiselled under the eyes, the occipital protuberance quite developed.

Stop

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FCI
Frontal indentation defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Prominent, well developed; nostrils open, black apart from the white and orange coats where a brown nose is tolerated.

Muzzle

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FCI
Much shorter than that of the Grand Basset but nevertheless very slightly elongated and straight. Muzzle square at its end.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Covered with abundant moustaches.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Quite large with an intelligent expression, showing no white; the conjunctiva must not be apparent. The brows surmounting the eyes stand forward but should not obscure the eyes. Eyes must be of a dark colour.
KC
Large, dark and oval, showing no white, with a friendly, intelligent expression. Haw not visible. Long eyebrow hair standing forward, but not obscuring eyes.

Ears

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KC
Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, folding inwards, ending in an oval shape. Not reaching beyond the tip of the nose. Set on low, just below the line of the eye.

Leathers

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FCI
Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, ending in a slight oval, turned inwards and not quite reaching the end of the muzzle. Well set below the level of the eye.

NECK

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FCI
Long and strong; well muscled; strong at set on; without dewlap; carrying head proudly.
KC
Long and strong, thicker at the base, well set into shoulders; without dewlap.

BODY

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KC
Back of medium length. Length of body measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock exceeds height at withers at a ratio of approximately 7:5. Chest deep with prominent sternum. Ribs moderately rounded, well let down to elbow and extending well back. Level topline. Strong, short, well muscled loins. Croup well muscled and of good width.

Back

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FCI
Straight, topline level.

Loin

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FCI
Muscled.

Croup

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FCI
Well muscled and quite wide.

Chest

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FCI
Chest: Not too wide. Rather deep, reaching the elbow level.
Ribs: Moderately rounded.

TAIL

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FCI
Set high, quite thick at its base, tapering evenly to its tip; rather short, carried sabre fashion.
KC
Of medium length, reaching no further than the hock when lowered. Set on high, thick at the base, tapering gradually, well furnished with hair. Carried proudly, sabre-like when moving.

LIMBS

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FCI
Bone structure quite strong but in proportion to size.

FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders clean and well laid back. Upper arm approximately equal in length to the shoulder. Elbows close to body. Forearms straight when viewed from the front and well boned in proportion to size. Pasterns strong and slightly sloping. Knuckling over is unacceptable.

Shoulder

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FCI
Clean, oblique, well attached to the body.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Well developed.

Carpus (wrist)

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FCI
Very slightly defined.

FEET

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KC
Hard, tight padded, not too long. Nails strong and short.

Forefeet

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FCI
Not too strong, pads hard, toes very tight, nails solid. Good pigmentation of the pads is desirable.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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KC
Strong and muscular with good bend of stifle. Well defined second thigh. Hocks well let down and turning neither in nor out.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscled and only slightly rounded.

HIND LEGS

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Hock

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FCI
Quite wide, slightly angulated, never completely straight.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Very free and effortless.
KC
Free at all paces, with good drive. Front action straight and reaching well forward; hocks turning neither in nor out.

SKIN

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FCI
Quite thick, often marbled in tricolour subjects. No dewlap.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Harsh but not too long, never silky or woolly.
KC
Rough, not too long and without exaggeration; harsh to the touch, with thick undercoat, never silky or woolly. For show purposes the coat may be tidied, but a natural appearance must be retained. Trimming or stylising should be penalised.

COLOUR

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FCI
Black with white spotting (white and black). Black with tan markings (black and tan). Black with light tan markings. Fawn with white spotting (white and orange). Fawn with black mantle and white spotting (tricolour). Fawn with black overlay. Pale fawn with black overlay and white spotting. Pale fawn with black overlay. Traditional names hare colour, wolf colour, badger colour or wild boar colour.
KC
White with any combination of lemon, orange, sable, grizzle or black markings. Tricolour.

SIZE

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KC
Height at withers 34-38 cms (13 ½ - 15 ins). A tolerance of 1cm (3/8 in) more or less is permissible.

Height at withers

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FCI

From 34 to 38 cm.
With a tolerance of 1 cm more or less.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Head: Too short. Flat skull. Depigmentation of nose, lips or eyelids. Short muzzle. Pincer bite. Light eye. Leathers set high, long, insufficiently turned in or lacking hair.
  • Body: Too long or too short, lacking harmony. Topline insufficiently firm. Slanting croup.
  • Tail: Deviated stern.
  • Limbs: Insufficient bone. Lack of angulation. Slack in pasterns.
  • Hair: Not dense enough, fine hair.
  • Behaviour: Timid subject.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Fearful or aggressive subject.
  • Lack of type.
  • Overshot or undershot mouth.
  • Wall eye/Eyes of different colours (Heterochromia).
  • Lack of space in the sternal region ribs too narrow towards the lower part.
  • Kinky tail.
  • Crooked or half-crooked forelegs.
  • Woolly coat.
  • Self-coloured black or white coat.
  • Important depigmentation.
  • Size outside the standard.
  • Noticeable invalidating fault. Anatomical malformation.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.