What is a GBGV is a question we hear all the time! We are a rare breed, so naturally people are curious, and neither GBGV nor Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen are easy things to remember! I know it took Mom a while to get it straight. I posted some facts about our breed a few years ago, but I think it is time for an update!
What is a GBGV? Some fun facts!
What’s in a name?
Our breed name is actually quite telling and is a perfect description of who we are! Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen means Grand for size, Basset because of our short legs, Griffon describes our fur type, and Vendéen is the area of France where we originally came from. Originally, the PBGB and GBGV were one in the same until humans realized they could benefit from having two distinct sizes for hunting. In the 1970’s, the two breeds were created with their main differences being size, and the GBGV being larger has a longer muzzle, tail and back.
The GBGV is new to the USA!
The first GBGV set paw on land in the USA in 1990, coming in from the Netherlands. In 1994, the first litter of Grands was born in the USA. It hasn’t been that long since you almost always had to get puppies from outside the USA as there were so few litters here. I am from England myself, but my sisters are USA born. Right now there are around 350 GBGV’s in the USA and as of January 1, 2018, we will be a fully accepted AKC breed. Start looking for us in the AKC dog shows! It is not easy to become accepted by the AKC. It takes numbers, titles, clubs and more.
What is the purpose of a GBGV?
We are French Scent Hounds. Tracking or other scent work is what we are born and bred to do. Our noses help hunters track down animals from hare up to deer. Originally, we were used by poor people who could not afford horses to go hunting. GBGV’s are definite pack hounds and we love to hear ourselves.
If you follow me on social media you may have already seen/heard our short video of our own little pack of three singing loudly and proudly! Apartment living with a GBGV might be a bit rough as we are not fans of being quiet. Even in our own house, Mom sometimes hears us howling inside the house from a block away! Once we start, it is very hard to get us to quit!
A GBGV may change color!
Often times the color we are as puppies fades away starting at about six months of age. This was me at ten weeks old, with black ears and dark brown on my face. Now as you know, my ears are tan and the tan on my face is light. Bailie faded out as well. Mom wanted a pup who stayed dark, and Madison is that puppy. It is hard to predict if a puppy will stay dark or not, but the breeder felt Madison would stay darker and her mom is also dark.
A GBGV is a goofy and lovable hound!
Most of all, the GBGV is a happy hound. We are pretty snuggly, and we love to have fun! Sometimes as we get older we mature a bit but the goofy side still slips out now and then. As youngsters we are super wild and rowdy!
A GBGV is not the dog for everyone!
While we are adorable and lots of fun, we are not the dog for everyone. What is a GBGV deep down inside? We are independent thinkers. Obedience is not our strong suit. Often we have boundless energy, but we also make excellent couch potatoes. Because of our love of tracking critters, we are normally only on leash or off leash in fenced areas as once we catch a scent we are gone. If you have patience, we make excellent companions and we are super at keeping people laughing and smiling.