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"The man who rears a dog must complete what the breeder began:
                   The breeder can indeed lay the foundations of a good and serviceable dog,
                        But the trainer must see to it that he brings to it their highest possible
development and physical and mental foundations already laid.

Max von Stephanitz

I meet my first PBGV in 2000 and instantly fell in love with this happy little hound. The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (Peh-TEE Bah-SAY Gree-FOHN  Vehn-DAY-uhn)  is a scent hound from the Vendeen region of France. They are bred for hunting small game in packs. They have been described as happy, comical, mischievous, friendly, energetic, stubborn, sweet, unrepentant, smart, rugged, active, bold,  exuberant and curious as a cat. They have a deep, musical hound's voice and their rear-ends are constantly  wagging.  They have a quick, lively gait and an irresistible face. They're independent, yet willing to please. Most of all, they're "busy," and cannot stand to be ignored.  While they can make wonderful companions  The PBGV is not a breed for everyone. Being a scent hound  they have a tendensency to follow their noses.   Some have been known to "dig their way to China", go visit the dog next door, go under the fence, or just dig  for the sheer "joy" of digging. Before you fall for this adorable little face please take the time to learn more about the breed.  Then find a reputable breeder who will help you find a healthy good tempered dog. I hope you will find the following links enjoyable and informative.
PBGVCA  - The official site of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America
PBGV-L  - Join other Petit fanciers on this e-mail list
   Club Du Griffon Vendeen - The Griffon Vendeen Parent Club Home Page
 RareGems Kennels -  A great site with lots of informaiton on PBGV's
BGV Club of Great Britain -  information about the breed (both Petit and Grand)
Chouan Kennels - PBGV's from Denmark
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Fanciers of 
Canada - 
Chaparral Kennels - A must see page if yo wna tto learn more about PBGV's and hunting
PBGV Health - An open health database created and maintained by a group of dog owners who are interested in improving the breed by sharing 
health information. All information is submitted voluntarily. None will be used for any commercial purpose. 
PBGV rescue  - Like all breeds PBGV sometimes need help too. 

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