THE BASSET GRIFFON VENDÉEN CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN

Founded 1978

IS THIS THE RIGHT BR EED FOR YOU?

Bear in mind that BGVs are scent hounds, bred over hundreds of years for their ability to use their nose to track.  Those that are extremely well trained to reliably come back on recall are few and far between as their noses take over from their brains. Therefore, when exercising, unless you are in a securely enclosed area or one where your BGV can come to no harm, it is often better and safer to use a flexi-lead.

Being a hound breed, they do need regular exercise, not only to stimulate their brains but also to use their noses in different areas. However, they are also creatures of habit. Once any BGV has enjoyed a long walk, he will settle down quite comfortably.  Being a shorter-legged breed, puppies should be exercised sparingly during the first few months off their life whilst their bones and joints are forming. Any jarring on the front limbs will result in deformation or injury.

As with almost all breeds, BGVs have some health issues and a good breeder will take time to discuss these with you.  You are also encouraged to research the breed carefully and to ask lots of questions. These do tend to be similar or fall into certain categories, so below are answers to all those questions you might have wanted to ask which will hopefully help you in making your decision.