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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

(Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen)

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)

Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen


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
UKC
Scenthound

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.
UKC
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV) is a trailing Scenthound, developed to hunt small game over the rough and difficult terrain of the La Vendee district, located on the western coast of France. It is one of the four ancient Griffon Vendeens breeds. The others include the Grand Griffon Vendeen, the Briquet Griffon Vendeen and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1992.

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.
UKC
The dog presents a rough and unrefined outline, with a compact, rather tousled appearance, with no exaggeration of any features, and his parts in balance. Altering the rough outline and casual appearance destroys the quintessence of breed type. A correctly proportioned dog is approximately 50% longer than tall when the length of the dog is measured from sternum to buttocks as compared to the height measurement, from withers to ground. Strong bone with substance is in proportion to the overall dog. The dog’s head is carried proudly, displaying definitive long eye­brows, a beard and a mustache. The strong, tapered tail is carried like a saber, alert and in readiness. Any deviation from the standard is to be penalized according to the degree of deviation from the ideal. It is to be understood that all structural faults are undesirable even though they may not be specifically mentioned in the standard.

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.
UKC
To fulfill his hunting heritage, the PBGV must be bold and vivacious in character, compact, tough and robust in construction. The breed has an alert outlook, a lively bearing and a good voice, which is used freely. Expression is alert, friendly and intelligent. They are happy, extroverted and 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.
UKC
Head size must be in balance with the overall dog. Head length is more than width in an approximate ratio of 2:1. The head is carried proudly.

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.
UKC
When viewed from the front, the domed skull is oval in shape, and is well cut away under the eyes. The occiput is well developed. The stop is clearly defined.

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.
UKC
The large nose has wide nostrils. It is black, although a brown nose is acceptable in orange and white dogs.

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.
UKC
The length of the muzzle is slightly shorter than the distance measured from the stop to the occiput. The strong underjaw is well developed. The lips are covered with long hair that forms a beard and mustache.

Lips

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FCI
Covered with abundant moustaches.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite.
UKC
A full complement of large, strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite. A level bite is acceptable.

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.
UKC
The large, dark eyes show no white. Long, forward-standing eyebrows surmount, but do not obscure, the eyes. The lower eyelids are tight, showing no haw. The expression is intelligent.

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.
UKC
The supple, narrow, fine ears are covered with long hair, and are set low, not above the line of the eyes. They fold inward, ending in an oval shape, with the leathers reaching almost to the end of the nose

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.
UKC
The long, strong, clean neck flows smoothly into the shoulders.

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.
UKC
The muscular body is somewhat longer than tall. In profile, the distance measured from the withers to the ground and from the croup to the ground should be equal. The back is level. There is a slight arch over the strong, muscular loin, which is rounded about the lateral axis of the dog. The chest is deep, with moderately rounded ribs that extend well back. The sternum is prominent.

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.
UKC
The medium length tail is set on high. Strong at the base, it tapers evenly. It is only slightly curved; proudly carried like the blade of a saber, at about 20 degrees to the aft of the vertical. The tip of the tail reaches approximately to the hock joint when curved downward. The tail is well furnished with hair.

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.
UKC
The shoulders are clean and well laid back. The upper arm is approximately equal in length to the shoulder blade. The elbows are held close to the body.

Shoulder

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FCI
Clean, oblique, well attached to the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The length of the strong, well-boned legs, measured from the elbow to the ground, is slightly less than half of the height measured from the withers to the ground. When viewed from the front it is desirable that the forelegs be straight, but a slight crook is acceptable. The strong pasterns slope slightly.

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.
UKC
The feet are not too long. The pads are hard and tight. Nails are strong and short. A slight turnout of the front feet is acceptable, but hind feet must point straight ahead. Dewclaws may or may not be removed.

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.
UKC
The hindquarters are strong and muscular.

Thigh

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FCI
Muscled and only slightly rounded.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Good bend of stifle. The second thigh is well defined. Hocks are well angulated. Rear pasterns are short, and perpendicular from the hock to the ground.

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.
UKC
Movement is free at all speeds, giving the impression of an active hound, capable of a full day’s hunting. Front action is straight, reaching well forward. Going away, the hind legs are parallel, and have great drive. As speed increases the dog single tracks.

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.
UKC
The breed is double coated. The coat is rough, long and without exaggeration, and harsh to the touch. The undercoat is shorter and thicker. The coat is never silky or woolly. The overall appearance is casual and tousled. The eyes are surmounted by long, forward-standing eyebrows that do not obscure the eyes. The ears are covered by long hair. The lips are covered by long hair that forms a beard and mustache. The tail is well furnished. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is to be shown untrimmed, in as natural a state as possible. Any indications of scissoring for the purposes of shaping or sculpting are to be severely penalized.

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.
UKC
White, with any combination of lemon, orange, tricolor and grizzle markings.

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.
UKC
Height is measured at the withers. Males and females should measure between 13 and 15 inches, with an acceptable tolerance of a half-inch in either direction. The PBGV is not a large, heavy breed. A male at 15 inches will weigh no more than approximately 45 pounds. Proportion and balance are of the essence.

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.
UKC

Muzzle: Coarse, overly large head.
Ears: Ears overly long. High-set ears.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC
Forelegs: Any tendency to knuckle over.

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.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Overshot or undershot bite. Wall eyes.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Eyes: Wall eyes.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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