The lively, low-riding PBGV is a small French hound that can be traced back to the 16th century and is descended from the larger Griffon Vendeen. They were developed to hunt small quarry such as hare over rough terrain and their harsh coat and stout but athletic but are a testament to this. Their flashy markings and long saber-like tail made them visible to their masters in the field. They are sociable, fun-loving dogs and make good family pets as long as they get to part of the action and have outlets for their energy and curiosity. Their thick coats benefit from a weekly brushing to remove dead hair and keep tangles at bay.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.