Health issues. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a mostly healthy dog, with a life expectancy of 14 years and sometimes more. However, they are predisposed to some eye conditions, including glaucoma. The main issues with this breed are epilepsy and hypothyroidism. Skin and food allergies are also not uncommon. It’s important to have this breed on the proper diet to prevent weight gain.
Grooming. For the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen dog, grooming is a reasonably easy task. A weekly brushing, or combing, will remove any debris from their coat. Care should be taken to keep the ears clean, along with nail clipping, and teeth cleaning. The only other real consideration is to keep the hair in their paws well trimmed, and bath as required, but not too frequently as this can destroy the natural oils of their coat.
Living conditions. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen can live pretty much anywhere, including an apartment, as long as they are adequately exercised. They are an active dog and prefer cooler weather, although they will do fine in warm weather as well. When exercising the dog should not really be let off the lead, their hunting instincts are so strong they will chase any small animals they see. Consideration must be given in the family home to any other pets, as you don’t want your child’s favourite rabbit presented to you, after dogs play time. For this breed, hunting is an instinct, there is no malice, but if you have smaller pets in the house expect them to be hunted.