The Basset Griffon Vendéen Club

Founded 1978

BGV Appreciation

Breed Education - Club Events

For many years the club has held regular educational events to give judges or anyone interested the opportunity to learn more about BGVs.  Assessments (Breed Appreciation Days) are also mounted to help aspiring judges gain a foothold on the club's judging lists.

Being responsible for both the Petit and Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen gives a unique opportunity to highlight the important differences between the two breeds.

Details of future seminars/assessments, Breed Appreciation Days will be announced in the news section, on the Facebook group and through the Kennel Club.

Breed Appreciation and Education

With the advent of the Kennel Club Judges Competency Framework, now the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) the face of education and assessment procedures for UK judges is changing.  BGVA aspires to provide home study modules in Basset Griffon Vendéen breed education, not only for judges but for anyone keen to learn more about the breed.   These are designed to help you learn about many aspects of the bree​d, not just the historical side but primarily about owning, caring for and judging BGVs. In time, hopefully there will also be advi​ce on breeding.  The concept of BGV Appreciation is to allow BGV breeders, owners, exhibitors and judges to read through modules at their own pace at home. These modules are there all year round. For prospective judges - while there is no substitute for going over live examples of the breed and listening to breed experts, this means no more waiting to attend a seminar!

How BGV Appreciation will help me? The BGV Club has always mounted regular educational seminars and assessments as part of an ongoing commitment to train new judges and help anyone interested in the breed. The introduction of the Kennel Club Judges Competency Framework / Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) has given the impetus to extend this by providing on-going, year round education by studying at home.  Seminars – or Breed Appreciation Days - will continue to include that all important one-to-one discussion and hands-on practice with live exhibits and instilling the striking differences between the Petit and Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen. Importantly, evaluation of examples of the breed will provide that essential component of “How does what I am learning help me in judging the breed?” or “How does what I’m learning apply to my own BGVs?”

How is BGVA set up and which modules should I read?
BGVA is divided into various modules: Member/Owner Education, Public Education and Judges’ Education.  At the moment it also includes a list of planned modules yet to be produced.​​  Some may already appear elsewhere on website - but BGV Appreciation brings it all together on one page.

Are there BGV Appreciation Modules for both Petits and Grands? Yes!  However it is early days yet with much work still to be done. 

How are the modules in BGV Appreciation designed? BGV Appreciation is evolving.  At the moment modules are designed to be simple and helpful reading about the breed.   

Certificates of Completion  While studying the various modules is useful, certificates will be reserved for those who actually attend a Breed Appreciation Day and successfully complete a multi-choice paper on the day.