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FCI-Standard N° 67
PETIT BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN
(Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen)FCI-St. N° 67 / 14.02.2001
TRANSLATION : John Miller and Raymond Triquet.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 09.01.1999.
UTILIZATION : 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.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 6 Scenthounds and related
Section 1.3 Small-sized Hounds.
With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : 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 : 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. FCI-St. N° 67 / 14.02.2001
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT :
Behaviour : Passionate hunter, courageous, likes the bramble and
Temperament : Docile but wilful and passionate.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Slightly domed, not too elongated nor very broad, well
chiselled under the eyes, the occipital protuberance quite developed.
Stop : Frontal indentation defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Prominent, well developed; nostrils open, black apart from the
white and orange coats where a brown nose is tolerated.
Muzzle : Much shorter than that of the Grand Basset but nevertheless
very slightly elongated and straight. Muzzle square at its end.
Lips : Covered with abundant moustaches.
Jaws/Teeth : Scissor bite.
Eyes : 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.
Leathers : 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 : Long and strong; well muscled; strong at set on; without
dewlap; carrying head proudly.
Back : Straight, topline level.
Loin : Muscled.
Croup : Well muscled and quite wide.
Chest : Not too wide. Rather deep, reaching the elbow level.
Ribs : Moderately rounded. FCI-St. N° 67 / 14.02.2001
Set high, quite thick at its base, tapering evenly to its tip;
rather short, carried sabre fashion.
Overall view : Bone structure quite strong but in proportion to size.
Shoulders : Clean, oblique, well attached to the body.
Forearm : Well developed.
Wrist (carpus) : Very slightly defined.
Thigh : Muscled and only slightly rounded.
Hock : Quite wide, slightly angulated, never completely straight.
FEET : Not too strong, pads hard, toes very tight, nails solid. Good
pigmentation of the pads is desirable.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Very free and effortless.
SKIN : Quite thick, often marbled in tricolour subjects. No dewlap.
HAIR : Harsh but not too long, never silky or woolly.
COLOUR : 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. FCI-St. N° 67 / 14.02.2001
Height at withers : From 34 to 38 cm.
With a tolerance of 1 cm more or less.
FAULTS : 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.
• 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.
• Too long or too short, lacking harmony.
• Topline insufficiently firm.
• Slanting croup.
• Deviated stern.
• Insufficient bone.
• Lack of angulation.
• Slack in pasterns.
• Not dense enough, fine hair.
• Timid subject. FCI-St. N° 67 / 14.02.2001
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• 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
• 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.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.