As Madison develops into her own hound more and more, it is obvious she has a lot of my Debucher genes! Madison’s dad is a Debucher from the UK, just like me, and he is also my half brother. Mom says there is a lot of me in Madison!
The GBGV breed has many traits that are passed down through the genes, but not every GBGV is the same aside from the basics. Bailie has a different family line, and is very different from Madison and me in a lot of ways.
A Few Basic GBGV Traits
- Scent hounds – our noses are always into something.
- Wabbit and small critter enthusiasts.
- Can’t be trusted off leash, we are too busy following our nose to pay attention to commands.
- Stubborn, independent thinking hounds.
- A scruffy look to the furs.
- We love to steal, and proudly parade around with the stolen goods.
- Our tails are carried like a saber.
- Most people find us cute, and super funny.
- Howling is our hobby. We love to be heard, and have others join in our chorus.
- Happy hounds is our nickname because we are almost always happy.
- Cuddling is a favorite hobby when we are ready to settle down for a bit.
Traits Madison And I Share
Mom has said all along that Madison and I are a lot alike. What inspired this post was nose work class last week. Only Madison and I attended because Bailie was still in the no sports stage for her injury. Our instructor who knows us both, but hasn’t worked with us together mentioned how similar Madison’s searching style and behaviors are to mine. At this point, Mom realized it is not just in her head. Madison and I have a lot of similarities.
- We are both super smart at learning new things, and tend to be top of our class.
- Both of us have a serious work ethic, and know the difference between work and play.
- Our furs are similar, fairly soft wire hair.
- Neither of us like to be wrong, and we feel bad if we mess up.
- Misbehaving is not something we do. Rules are rules and we follow them.
- Both of us have a serious mature side which started early on, but the puppy still comes out plenty.
- Sitting in the front window is our favorite spot in the house. We enjoy spying on what is going on.
- Neither Madison nor I have ever destroyed a toy except for in a game of tug a war.
- Eating our meals is not a high priority, and we love to take our time when we eat.
- Madison is a serious food snob, but I’m also a bit of a food snob, and will not eat anything new without really thinking it over first.
Mom says that if I had started in sports like Madison, from day one, I would probably be doing more sports and be a lot more successful. I didn’t ever try a sport until I was seven and a half years old, and that was nose work. I could possibly learn more sports, but I’m not really interested in it at this point. Coming up on my twelfth birthday in a couple months, I’ve gotten a bit set in my ways, and am no longer into changing things up or doing new things. Heavens, I don’t even like it when Mom tries to change any of our standard walking routes.
Traits Bailie Has That We Do Not
Bailie has always marched to her own drummer. She is definitely a basic GBGV, but she lacks some of the Debucher traits Madison and I share in our genes.
- Bailie is not real interested in doing the right thing.
- She enjoys shredding and destuffing whenever she can.
- Her work ethic is poor. If she is in the mood she works, if not, she doesn’t work.
- Most of the time she looks for solutions with the least amount of work or effort.
- Getting in trouble does not phase her.
- No food snob tendencies. She will eat anything and everything.
- Bailie’s furs are super wiry, and she has a pretty thin coat.
- Aside from when she was a tiny puppy, Bailie never has sat in the front window.
- Howling and yelping loudly are things Bailie loves to do all the time.
- Despite turning five in a few days, Bailie has the maturity level of about a one year old GBGV.
There is nothing wrong with any of the three of us, we are individuals. Mom finds it interesting how three dogs of the same breed can be so different, yet two of us also have our own similarities. I’m the ideal breed standard, Bailie is too tall, Madison too short. No matter, we make a nice mix.