Become A Member

Membership Committee

We think you will get the most out of your relationship with your PBGV as you become friends with more experienced PBGV owners who can answer any questions you might have about our breed. The best way to form these friendships is to become a member of the PBGV Club of America, attend our events and even to volunteer your talents. With membership you get Saber Tails, a magazine devoted to our breed. Regardless of whether you are a new owner, or you have owned PBGVs for many years, there is something for you in Saber Tails. Published quarterly, Saber Tails will keep you up-to-date on the latest research into PBGVs, keep you current about upcoming events designed for you and your dog, and see many, many cute puppy pictures. You will love it and learn something! We hope you consider joining our PBGV family.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Membership Committee is to welcome new members to PBGVCA and to make them aware of activities and club members in their area. The committee also encourages new members to become involved in various club activities through volunteerism, by giving a brief overview of committee goals and contact persons. The Membership Committee will also continue to host a welcome table at each National, so that new members can meet each other and long time members of the club.

Membership Types

Please see the PBGVCA Constitution & By-laws for full details.

Voting Membership.

There will be four types of voting membership as described below:

Individual. Enjoys all the privileges and duties of the Club including the right to vote and hold office. Any person who has held voting membership in the past shall have the requirement for one year associate membership waived should their membership lapse and they wish to rejoin PBGVCA.

Household Membership. Two persons 18 years of age or older residing in the same residence. Both individuals in a household membership must qualify for voting membership separately. They enjoy all the privileges and duties of the Club including the right to vote and hold office and each member is entitled to a separate vote.

Local Club Membership. A local Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Specialty Club recognized and approved by the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Club of America. Such club shall be entitled to one vote but is not entitled to hold office.

Life Member. Any past or present member, having rendered especially outstanding service to the Club, may be proposed by a member of the Board of Directors for election to life membership at any Annual Meeting of the Club. Any individual so proposed shall have been an active member of the Club for at least 15 years. Election shall be by an affirmative 2/3 vote of the members present and voting. Such members shall be exempt from payment of dues and shall have all the rights, privileges and duties of membership, including the rights to vote and hold office. The new Life Member shall be given an appropriate notification of the honor.

Non-Voting Membership.

Associate Membership. Enjoys all the privileges and duties of the Club except for the right to vote and hold office or to chair committees. An associate member shall not count in the determination of a quorum. At any point after one year of Associate Membership an Associate Member may apply for regular membership by following the application process for Regular Membership. An associate member is not required to apply for Regular Membership and may continue as an Associate Member for an indefinite period of time.

Junior Membership. Junior membership is open to all juniors between the ages of 9 and 17. Junior members may automatically convert to regular membership upon reaching their 18th birthday. Junior Members enjoy all the privileges and duties of the club except the rights to vote and hold office.

After 1 year Associate Members in good standing may apply for voting “full” membership.


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Review PBGVCA Breeders’ Code of Best Practices

Send your completed application and membership dues to:

Mendy Marshall
11501 Hornsby St.
Austin, Texas 78753

Membership Committee
Jill Otto, Chairperson

Committee Members
Sue Smyth
Susannah Cooper
Andy Elledge

Full Membership Application

Associate Membership Application

PBGVCA Constitution & By-laws

Breeders’ Code of Best Practices