What Happened to the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Dog?

What happened to the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen? Many of you may have heard of the Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen, or the PBGV, which is very much still in existence and in good health. But, before the PBGV there was the GBGV. The PBGV, derived from the GBGV, is in the American Kennel Club’s stud book in the hound group. But, if you look for the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen it is nowhere to be found in the AKC book. This is because, in order for a dog breed to make it in the AKC stud book, the breed must show sustainable, healthy growth. Unfortunately, the GBGV does not qualify under this standard so it was put in the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service category in 2004. The GBGV is rare to come by and it is actually challenging for surveys to be thoroughly completed since there are not many dogs to gather information from.

The AKC’s Foundation Stock Service was created to help purebred dog breeds, like the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, to further develop and strive. Once a breed is submitted into the AKC FSS, owners can submit their dog’s pedigree to the AKC, which shows the lineage and genealogical descent to show that their dog is a purebred. The FSS allows owners to continue improvement of their breed and maintain accurate records with the AKC. Hopefully, once an abundant amount of records are gathered on the FSS breed and the breed shows quality of health and growth, it will be registered with the AKC and make the stud book.

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The GBGV originated in Vendee, France from the French Griffon Vendeen. Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen translates to large (Grand), low (Basset), rough-coated (Griffon), and from the area of Vendee, France (Vendeen). This breed makes for great hunting partners because of their scent-hound qualities. This breed is surprisingly fast, courageous, and obedient, but can be a little stubborn. They require a good amount of exercise to exude some of their energy, but make excellent pets for active families. Its appearance is very similar to the Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen, given that the PBGV derived from the same Griffon Vendeen, but they are larger in size. The GBGV, being larger than the Petite, has a longer muzzle, ears, body, and tail. The Grand is a little more laid back than the Petite but they have similar coats that require stripping, along with coloring, facial hair, and stance. Stripping is a grooming technique in which dead hair is pulled out of a non-shedding dog’s coat. Stripping allows for the dog’s new coat to grow in properly. As we mentioned, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen was bred from the French Griffon Vendeen along with 3 other dog breeds; the Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen, the Grand Griffon Vendeen, and the Briquet Griffon Vendeen. It is thought that this breed was not able to fully develop due to these other breeds with similar bloodlines. Great interest wasn’t invested in the GBGV, which didn’t allow for pure breeding to continue and further develop the breed.

Several other breeds are currently listed in the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service Program. Many of the breeds listed below will most likely look unfamiliar as most of the breeds are rare and unregistered with the American Kennel Club. New breeds are entered into the FSS after the AKC receives written requests that are provided along with photographs and breed history. The AKC will not consider breeds that are not considered to be purebred or considered a variation of a breed that is already registered. You can view, or enter your dog breed into the AKC FSS by following these guidelines AKC Dog Breed Registration.

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