The Basset Griffon Vendéen Club
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
These are designed to help you learn about many aspects of
the breed, not just the historical side but primarily about owning, caring for
and judging BGVs. In time, hopefully there will also be advice on
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.