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Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
The small, low to the ground, wirecoated hound from Vendeen enjoys a nearly fanatical following in the US.  Indeed, while his name may be long, it is generally shortened to PBGV it means exactly what the beginning of the first sentence relates.  Unfortunately, his name does not also indicate his sunny, sweet disposition and inclination to a good time whether while at home with you, or busy with other activities like obedience, agility, pet therapy or even a nap.
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 13-15 inches
Weight: up to 45 pounds Longevity: midteens
Colors: white with any combination of markings Coat type: wire/rough outer coat fairly long with short dense undercoat
Recognized Registries: AKC, FCI, UKC, CKC and others
Overall Appearance: Low slung, rectilinear and solid body with square head, flop ears and expressive eyes all covered with a rough coat. A completely loveable looking little vagabond style unless groomed to the extreme.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: genial, happy with a touch of boldness
  with Children: generally very good if introduced properly as are most scenthounds
  with other pets: generally very good given proper introduction as are most scenthounds
  with dogs: generally exceptional as are most scenthounds
Socialization requirements: moderate, the PBGV will always strive to be composed and gentle. Good socializing will allow this dog to follow its inclinations with confidence.
Ideal home characteristics: One that respects a dog who's tolerance is such that careful attention must be paid in supervising its handling in the presence of others, dogs, children, etc.
Temperament Notes: Sweet, unassuming with a surprising work ethic and desire to please. Happy and typically not demanding. Not a bad choice for someone who seeks to indulge their pets as they tend not to become the tiny tyrants that so many other breeds lean toward.
Training requirement: Minimal to Moderate.
Trainer notes: The PBGV is not difficult to train and as a result readily deserves someone who will take the time to learn how to train rather than to fall prey to antiquated techniques and/or their own temper.  With the gentlest of guidance and communication, the PBGV can become a most exceptional companion, which speaks to its immediate popularity upon introduction to the US.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1500s recognized the Griffon Vendeen, the PBGVs ancestor
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: scenthound
History: Descended from the larger Griffon Vendeen, this low slung hound from France was prized for his tenacity in heavily overgrown areas as well as his intelligence, stamina and boldness.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: eye problems, back problems, luxating patellas, hypothyroidism, persistent pupillary membranes, epilepsy, hip dysplasia
Health Testing: CERF, OFA-elbows, MI State Thyroid Panel,
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had PBGVs?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • How did you choose the pair that you mated for this litter?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock as per performance? health? temperament?
  • What are your priorities in breeding?
  • What health problems do you observe in the breed?
  • What advice do you have for rearing and socializing a puppy?
  • Will you be keeping a puppy from this litter?
  • What do you consider to be the role of the breeder once the puppy is sold?
  • What activities, show, obedience, agility, pet therapy, field, flyball or others do you do with your dogs?  Have they received titles or certifications?
  • What do you consider to be the correct PBGV temperament?
Web Sites:

http://www.geocities.com/pbgvlifeline/ - PBGV Rescue

http://www.pbgv.org/PBGVCA/Committee/rescueFrameset.html- Parent Club Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.pbgv.org/Standards/akcstand.html- Standard as per the PBGV Club of America, member of the AKC

http://www.pbgv.org/Standards/ckcstand.html- Standard with the Canadian Kennel Club

http://www.pbgv.org/Standards/fkcstand.html- The Standard by the French Kennel Club recognized by the FCI

Breeder Ethics: Nothing on breeder ethics could be found on the PBGVCA website by our sources.  This is a serious oversite.  We are in touch with their webmaster and education committee.
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