Country/Date of Origin: France/1700s
One of four rough coated French hunting "scent" hounds, which trail game by scent rather than by sight. Although they do the same job, the PBGV is not a wire haired Basset. It is a distinct breed, shorter in back, much more lightly built and more active. It is actually most closely related to the larger Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen which is identical except for size (the Grand being over 15 inches tall).
Most of the PBGV's current vogue is due to an irresistible puppy named Alexander. He won a match show in New Jersey in 1983 and caused such a sensation that he skyrocketed the breed to popularity in the United States. Almost unknown at the time, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen had enough supporters to be granted admission to the American Kennel Club in 1989 and full championship status in 1991.