As you probably know, I am a rare breed. Not many people know what a GBGV is (Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen), and quite frankly there is not a whole lot of information out there on GBGV’s either. We are not fully recognized by the AKC yet, but we are getting close as our numbers in the USA grow. I thought I would list a few of the main points about my breed and talk about how I measure up to the breed standard. I have been told that I am a very good GBGV specimen. There are a lot more specific details on the GBGV breed but I don’t want to bore you with that show dog stuff, so I just picked out some of the more important points, in my GBGV opinion.
Purpose: The GBGV structure was designed to hunt rabbit and hare at a fast pace through the bramble, and over the rough terrain of the Vendee area of France. He is a courageous, passionate and broadly skilled hunter who today is used to hunt not only rabbit and hare but also boar and roe deer. He is active, possessing great stamina for a full days’ hunt and uses his voice freely while on the trail. – Believe me, I am a seriously great hunter that enjoys using my voice freely, and I have not even been formally trained. I have caught well over 20 wabbits in my own yard!
Temperament: Happy and outgoing. Independent and a little stubborn, not easily agitated yet willing to please with firm handling. – I don’t find myself to be stubborn, but Mom seems to think I am. I sure am always happy, even when I’m in trouble I appear happy.
Size: Medium. – Well, I consider myself small but Mom says I am medium. I do wear a size large collar, and share collars with my Kuvasz sister.
Height: 15-18 inches at the withers. – Looking at the measuring stick I come in around 17.5 inches if you flatten out my hair. Please excuse my fur, but it was a rainy day, so it was all curly.
Proportion: Proportion longer than tall as measured from point of shoulder to point of buttocks. – Looks like I am in the clear with about 23 inches long and 17.5 tall.
Weight: 40 – 50 pounds. – I am fit at right about 40 pounds.
Hair: A rough and harsh topcoat and a thick weather resistant undercoat in in different colors – white with lemon, orange, black, tricolor or grizzle. – Raising my paw for tricolor and the rough topcoat with a weather resistant undercoat. Sheesh…I sound like a piece of clothing! Also, my coat gets stripped not trimmed or shaved.
Feet: Big and tight padded. Pads firm and solid. – No wonder Mom calls me big foot, I have almost the same size paws as Katie but that is the way they should be I guess.
Tail: Should be long and straight and carried like a saber when walking. – I do carry my tail like a saber and I love to wag it as much as I can! Mom is afraid it may just fall off from all the wagging I do!
Health: The GBGV is one of the hardiest and healthiest dogs around. There have been very few reported hereditary and congenital conditions. – This is true, I am never ill and I cross my paws that I stay that way. One time, all 3 cats and Katie got sick, but not me, I was fine.
Exercise: Because the GBGV is naturally active and energetic, we need a lot of exercise and outdoor activity. – True, but Mom has managed to wear me out pretty much all the time.
Life Expectancy: 12-14 years. – I am only 6, so I can’t bark much on this point.
What does this post have to do with FitDog Friday? The July 2013 Keeping Up With K-9 Kamp Challenge
The challenge this month is to get an idea if you are feeding your dog the right amount of food. As with humans, the core of proper weight management is controlling calories in versus calories out. It’s important to find the right balance to maintain your pet’s weight, help them lose weight or help them gain a few pounds.
As I pointed out above, I am an active hound that needs activity. I have a healthy weight and a fitness schedule. I also recommend the Slimdoggy app. Mom is always skeptical of things like that, so we tested it out. We used the widget from on my sidebar. According to my GBGV calculations (no cheating at all), my sister, Katie burns about 1648 calories a day and what we feed her comes to almost exactly that amount. As for me I burn about 1029 calories a day and my food portions come to about that number as well. We are weighed at least two times a year at the vet, where Katie and I have had almost the exact same weight for the past 6 years. Sure we are up or down a pound or two, here and there, but for our size that is not much. Take a look at the Slimdoggy app and see how your pooch’s calories burned stack up to their size and activity level! The more we hear about this app, the better it gets. The one in the app store gets into some real detail, but we don’t have an iphone, so we can’t test it out. The SlimDoggy App is up for a Petties Award, so don’t forget to cast your vote!