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We acquired our first pbgv from Ann
Snelling of the Oaktree Kennel in Canada. Mrs. Snelling was  largely responsible for establishing the breed in Canada and  promoting it in the United States. Her breeding stock was  stock has been from the best dogs of Denmark and France; 
France being the Country of origin.

AKC recognition was granted in February 1991. The Petit 
Basset Griffon Vendeen is the smallest of four scent hounds 
developed for hunting in the Vendee region of France.
The standard was not written until the beginning of this 
century, but the breed can be traced back about 400 years. 
The PBGV structure is agile and nimble to accommodate hunting 
hare, rabbit and other small game in the thick cover of its 
native land. The PBGVs rough, thick coat, was promoted in the 
breed development to protect the dog as it hunted the tough 



Up to this point, the PBGV has been used primarily as a 
hunting dog in small packs. The hunting instinct remains 
strong and if a PBGV picks up a scent, he will follow where 
ever it leads. He is a breed requiring activity and 
entertainment. He exercises judgment easily and sets out on his own once a scent is detected. It is not 
good practice to let any dog run free, it is especially 
mandatory for this breed. The breed, in general, is not 
fearful of any person or automobile and could be harmed 
because of this trustful nature.

We try to select the 
appropriate companion temperament or show attitude to fulfill 
the requirements of an interested party. Experience in 
breeding PBGVs for over seventeen years has given us the 
opportunity to evaluate many puppies with success in 
placement. We find there is no difference in male or female 
temperaments – just in the individual puppy. They do not make 
good “watch” dogs. Again, they are very trusting and feel as 
though no one could do them harm. They are very good with 


As any other breed, the PBGV has health concerns. We try and 
breed dogs that we feel will be free of major issues, but if 
veterinarian diagnosis concludes that a health problem exists, 
we act appropriately and responsibly.








Coat care should be done on a routine basis. Combing to 
prevent mats and tangles, nails trimmed and ears cleaned are 
the major considerations. Most professional groomers will 
trim PBs in a terrier-style trim. This, of course, is 
undesirable. Educating groomers as to the natural, tousled 
look is an on-going chore. Proper veterinarian care, high 
quality diet regular exercise and consistent grooming will 
allow PBs to live a long, healthy life.

Learning about the breed in its native land has given us 
insight into the strong character of the PBGV. The French 
breeders and hunters share their experiences and encourage us 
to be aware of the direction our breeding program should go. 
There has been a change in temperament and look of the first 
dogs we acquired and bred and the puppies we produce now. 
Personalities are consistently happy and cheerful. They seem 
to be stronger and healthier, possessing consistent correct 
size and balance with outstanding coat, texture and 
appearance. The blending of the pedigrees of the various 
countries has made us aware of the differences in temperaments 
and make it more apparent as to which puppy could have a show 
career and which puppy should be the companion dog. 

We have been very successful having top breed dogs, specialty 
winners and best in show winners in several countries. Charlen can boast the first best in show in the United States with Ch. Varon Willful of Pauntley, aka "Truffles" , at Saratoga Kennel Club's show back in January of 1992.