This dog breed is also known as Roughie, the Petit, the Griffon or PBGV. As its name indicates, this is a short legged, small bodied and shaggy haired dog that originated from a town in France called Vendeen. This scruffy looking dog hails from the harsh terrain areas of France. It gets adapted to both hot and cold and its function as a hunter. Its short feet, small body and excellent sense of smell make it the perfect hunting dog while its dense coat protects it from succumbing to the harsh environmental conditions. The breed has been in existence since the 1500s and still serves it function well up to date.
It has a small rectangular body frame. It has short legs and stands at about 13 – 15 inches and weighs 30 – 40 pounds. Its wiry hair covers it throughout its body including muzzle, ears, legs and tail. It has a pointed muzzle with a black tipped nose. The hair surrounding its muzzle forms a mustache and beard. It has thick eyebrows and its brown almond shaped eyes a buried under the thick bushy hair on its face. It has a medium sized tail that is parallel to its back with an upward curve.
The PBGV is a brave and self-confident dog. It is very cheerful and fun to be with. They tend to be very active and will require regular vigorous exercise to maintain their excitement levels. They enjoy barking hence will make a good watchdog for any family. They are also inquisitive animals and will sniff around the house or yard to discover new things. They have an independent mind hence it is a challenge to train them. The trainer needs to be firm and consistent with them so that they can learn to obey and submit to instructions.
They have high energy levels hence will require daily exercise to keep them in good mental and physical condition. They have a strong hunting instinct due to a high sense of smell . Hence, they should be kept in a secure fenced compound. They should be monitored closely when going outdoors so that they do not chase after other pets. They will do well living in an apartment and will prefer being in cool areas. Due to their independent nature, one has to be patient and gentle with them during training
They are generally a healthy breed suffer from what is common to other breeds such as: eye diseases, Patellar luxation, Hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and hypothyroidism. They have a general life span of about 14 years.
They should be fed on high-quality nutritious food. The amount of food served depends on the weight, age, and level of activeness of the dog.
Coat, Color and Grooming
The PBGV have a double coat that consists of a dense, soft undercoat and a wiry, hard outer coat. Their coats come in a variety of colors such as a base of white mixed with dark tan, gray, orange or yellow. They require weekly brush to remove loose hair.
With family and other pets
PBGV love their family members and particularly children. They enjoy a lot of activities and will not run out of ideas. They enjoy the company of other dogs but due to their natural hunting instincts, they will need to be socialized to other pets.