Do you know why I’m thankful? It’s a big week for the GBGV! January 1, 2018 the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen officially became a recognized AKC breed! It’s pretty exciting for all of us. Becoming an AKC breed is a long, complicated process that takes a lot of work!
What does it mean to say the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is fully recognized by the AKC? This means, you will now start seeing dogs like me competing in the Hound Group at AKC shows! Mom has no interest in showing us, so why do we care? Being fully accepted means my breed will finally be on breed lists. Currently when we sign up for things, my breed is not on the list most of the time which is frustrating. More people will see GBGV’s, and learn more about our breed.
Our hope is we remain a fairly rare breed, but slowly increase in number. We are not easy dogs to live with, being very goofy, yet head strong, and independent. Our humans need to embrace a challenge, and not mind lots of frustration!
Getting to this point for our breed has been a long road, filled with lots of hard work. The first GBGV came to the USA from Holland in 1990. The first USA born litter was in 1994. Ten years later in 2004, the first GBGV was registered with the AKC in the Foundation Stock Services Category. When I came to the USA in 2007, I also registered as FSS. In 2014, the GBGV breed was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class of the AKC. Now, finally this week, we are in the Hound Group, howling where we belong! The AKC is in no hurry to update their website, but we truly are in the Hound Group, and I believe GBGV’s will be at Westminster next month.
To be an accepted AKC breed has to do with the breed club, the number of registered dogs, titles, accomplishments, and much more. Our small part has been to earn some AKC titles, attending a variety of events to be seen, traveled the country, as well as blogging about our breed.
Speaking of my blog, I’m so thankful to all of you who come by to read about what we are up to. With Mom’s business taking off last year, we lost some of our extra time to work on the blog, but I’m proud to say we once again increased our numbers!
Our social media presence also increased and we hit and surpassed our goal of 10,000 Twitter followers are are now at 11,000! Facebook is not a nice media to work with. They only want money since they went public. I refuse to pay to have my posts seen, so it is a slow place to grow, but we gained followers, and it is the number one referral source to my blog!
Now do you understand why I’m feeling thankful today? Thanks to all of you for being a part of the My GBGV Life success!
Today we are joining Brian’s blog in the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Stop by some other blogs to find out what they are thankful for!