Under the unrefined coat and unpronounceable name we find lovely French with a preference for hare hunting. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen raises its melodic voice to tell you it is happy and that there is a scent of fresh rabbit in the air. 
Disheveled and unconcerned, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a small, short trail dog, with a hard coat, with a robust built and intrepid character. Male and female stand between 34 and 38 to the withers, no more. In essence it is 50% longer than tall, and has a good bone structure. The coat should be rough to the touch, moderately long, although not exaggerated, not woolly or silky; its natural coat (without grooming) with beard and moustache and its long ears give this breed a precious appearance. The head is well proportionate and with a proud stance; the eyes are large and with an intelligent expression; without a trace of white color; the ears, flexible, narrow and fine; the skull round and oval with a prominent occipital.  The neck is long and strong, with no dewlap; the back is straight, muscled and firm; the chest deep; the tail in medium length, high inserted, carried as a saber. The forelegs are straight, accepting a slight curve; the hindquarters display good angulations. In color, the breed can be white combined with lemon, orange, black, tricolor or grayish. Brindle is never recommended. Light eyes are a defect.
This is not a Teckel! The hands can open slightly, but the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen’s elbows should be close to the body, with straight forequarters (a slight curve is acceptable). 
In France the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a popular hunting pack dog, as well as a company dog. For show, the dog should have a white base. 
Called rustic French, the PBGV (its popular abbreviation) is a charismatic dog, charming with plenty of voice and surprisingly independent spirit. Even being confident and bold, it is still obedient and complacent. For a hound (and no less a Basset) it is not shy, but full of life, life and people lover. It loves hunting and other outdoor sports, and enjoys sharing with its children play.
After eight week, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen should weigh between 4 and 4.5 kg. The age for complete maturity can vary but is placed more or less over 18 months. The future owner should choose an active puppy. The parent’s temperament should be noticed; the ideal parents should show good character and affection. A certain degree of stubbornness and/or boldness should be expected. A dog with twisted limbs, or displaying shyness should be avoided. Color changes are frequent in the breed, since dark colors tend to lighten, and pale colors darken. The adolescent requires training and consistent socialization, and abundant exercise and outdoor time. Due to its origins, it is a breed that loves hunting (or simple wander about the forest) if given the chance.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen are gregarious and playful. Observe the mother’s good temperament. She can be stubborn and cautious but should always be kind and allow approach. 
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is a very ancient breed, long kept by French hunters as well as serious fans. The evident result is a strong and healthy breed, free of hereditary and congenital problems. A breeder concern is epilepsy, and responsible breeding has helped reduce its incidence enormously. Naturally, X – rays and certifications are always a good idea. Neither diet nor hair are demanding. However, the owner is recommended to provide a diet prescribed by the breeder, at least during the first year, in growth. Brushing is simple, but it must be done each week. Special attention should be paid to the ears, keeping them clean to avoid infection. In addition, the areas around the mouth and anus should be kept clean. Some hair should be trimmed in these areas. Make sure that your veterinarian is familiar with this rare breed.  
As a relatively new breed in the US, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen enjoys good health, not affected by too much popularity or excessive breeding. Fortunately it is not for everyone: noisy, stubborn and less than obedient, it is charming enough to take him.