PBGV Breed Preservation Committee

Do we have a problem? If so, why?


The PBGVCA board charged Jo Anne Hacker with reviewing AKC data and interviewing a select number of Club members regarding the apparent decline in the number of PBGV litters. In early 2020 Jo Anne presented her findings to the Board. After great discussion, the Board agreed to form a Breed Preservation Committee to continue working on the problem of declining breed numbers. The Committee then formulated strategies and presented to the Board. The Board approved the strategies and the Committee is currently carrying them out. Click Here to see full plan.

Our breed is indeed in danger of becoming extinct. Based on the AKC number of registered litters between 2008-2019 and using Microsoft Excel 2016 forecast module, litters of PBGV puppies will drop to nearly zero by 2023! Immediate action is required to reverse this trend before we get to a point where we can't breed high quality litters because we have NO breeding stock.

Together we will build a stronger tomorrow for our breed.

The Goal

The Goal of PBGVCA is to ensure that the PBGV, while a rare breed, will continue to be a viable breed in the United States for many years to come. Specifically, to implement strategies that result in 58-62 registered litters per year while preserving the health and character of the breed. This, in turn, is the mission of the Breed Preservation Committee.

We need your help. If you have ideas on how to attract more individuals to the breeding of PBGV's, we want to hear what you have to say. If you have ideas on how to introduce the public to PBGV's, let us know. If you are a Club member, an opportunity exists to have you help in promoting the PBGV. Do you have any thoughts on how to better engage current Club members in this program? If you have a skill in public relations, social media use, advertising, writing and you want to get involved, please volunteer for an assignment. Together we can reverse this trend and get the number of PBGV litters back to a healthy place. Thank you! Email Jo Anne Hacker at jah10832@gmail.com

What is that breed?

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

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Since that's hard to say, we're also known as PBGVs. We are French hounds, bred to hunt rabbit or hare. Our name says a lot about us: Petit - small; Basset - low to the ground; Griffon - rough coated; and Vendéen - the area of France where we originated. We are known as The Happy Breed.

How old is the breed? The Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen is of ancient descent and can be traced to the sixteenth century where, in the French King's court, they were often called the white hound.

What is the breeds original purpose? The PBGV is a scent hound and was originally bred to hunt small game and still loves to hunt today when given the opportunity. The breed's physical appearance is directly related to the environment and terrain of the western coast of France, the Vendée, characterized by thick underbrush, rocks, thorns and brambles. This difficult terrain demands a hardy, alert, bold, determined, intelligent hunter with both mental and physical stamina.

What is a PBGV's personality? PBGV's are often called the happy breed. They are vivacious, outgoing personalities. They get along with virtually every person and dog they meet. They are an active dog, very entertaining and guaranteed to make you laugh. A PBGV is supposed to look "tousled", so a good brushing once a week and the occasional bath should do the trick. They do shed, but just a little.

What kinds of things might I do with my PBGV? PBGV's love long walks and will happily participate in agility, obedience, rally, tracking, scent work, barn hunts and work as therapy dogs. And, they are perfectly happy just joining you on the sofa.

How can I meet a PBGV? The PBGV is a rare breed, but can be found in most parts of the United States. You may speak to a PBGV Ambassador to find out more.

How can I find out more about PBGV's? You are encouraged tour our PBGV Club of America's website to find out more and to connect with a Members thatare is an active part of the Club.

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