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Mission Statement of the Petit Bassset Griffon Vendéen Club of America

The purposes of the club shall be: To encourage and promote quality in the breeding of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection. To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the club as the only standard of excellence for the breed. To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, performance events, agility events, obedience trials and field trials. To urge members to abide by the club Code of Conduct. To conduct American Kennel Club sanctioned events under rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club. To educate those interested in the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen.

Club History

Entry at first AKC Show

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America was formed at the AKC Centennial Show in Philadelphia in November 1984. Eleven individuals, representing several states and a variety of breeds, but all with years of experience in dogs, constituted the foundation of the national club. A bimonthly newsletter was started, which has now grown to the quarterly Saber Tails magazine.

Much was accomplished in the first years of the club's existence. By the end of 1985, the PBGVCA had grown from 11 to 50 members. A breed standard had been accepted, the constitution and by laws adopted and a stud book and registry set up. The club also notified to AKC of its intent to work toward eventual AKC recognition.

The first national club event was held in Kentucky on March 16, 1986, during the tenth anniversary celebration of the Louisville Kennel Club. Fifteen Petits came from all over the United States to compete.

In 1987, the second annual meeting of the club and the first National Specialty were held in Louisville. Twenty-four Petits were entered, and 22 shown. Best of Breed was Axmos Don Ranudo de la Garonne.

On July 1, 1989, the PBGV became eligible to compete in AKC Miscellaneous classes. Belray Sirhan Braconnier was the first PBGV to gain an AKC title, earning his Companion Dog obedience degree nine days later.

Axmos Fagin de la Garonne went down in the record books as the first PBGV to earn an AKC championship. In 1992, 24 champion Petits represented their breed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show for the first time, with Jomil Ultra bearing away the laurels for the first Best of Breed there.

In 2000, a Hunting Instinct Test was approved by the Board of the PBGVCA, the title Hunting Instinct Certified is granted by the PBGVCA and is designated by the suffix title HC in all PBGVCA records. In March of 2001, PBGV owners from across the country and their hounds gathered in Concord, NC for the first Hunting Instinct Test. Then, in 2006, the PBGVCA approved a Junior Hunter Test designated by the suffix title JH in all PBGVCA records. The PBGVCA and its Hunt Committee continues its endeavor to reward those who strive to retain this breeds natural hunting instinct.

PBGVCA National Specialty Club Trophies

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For wins at the annual PBGVCA National Specialty; members in good standing only; with three wins (not necessarily with the same dog) trophies may be retired or replaced per club rules. Trophies are presented at the Annual Awards Banquet following the Specialty show. Once a trophy title is retired/reoffered "legs" on the award begin anew.

Please Note: Only PBGVCA members in good standing at the time of the Specialty are eligible to be awarded Club Trophies.

BEST OF BREED: The first Best of Breed Club Trophy was offered in 1990 by Anne Snelling. Helen Ingher retired the large, silver Westminster bowl in 1997 and replaced the award with a bronze PBGV. Nick Frost retired the Helen & Charlie Ingher BOB Trophy in 2001 and replaced the award with a large pewter plate on a walnut base. Gavin Robertson retired the Nick Frost, Dehra Kennels BOB Trophy in 2009 and re-donated the award as the Gavin and Sarah Robertson, Soletrader PBGV Trophy in 2010. Donna K. Moore retired the Gavin and Sarah Robertson BOB Trophy in 2013 as the Don & Donna Moore, M & M's PBGV Trophy, replaced the award with a 10" Silver Plate on a wooden base beginning in 2014. The current memento is a walnut plaque (onto which their 8 x 10 win photo can be mounted).

BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX: Was first offered by the PBGV Club of Greater New York in 2008 and is a scallop-edged engraved silver plate on a large walnut base. The BOS Club Trophy was retired and replaced by Don & Donna Moore, M&M PBGV's in 2016. Beginning in 2017 the trophy will be a scallop-edged engraved silver plate on a large walnut base. The current memento is a walnut plaque (onto which their 8 x 10 win photo can be mounted).

BEST OF WINNERS: The BOW Club Trophy is offered by Debbie Perrot and Shirley Knipe, Hootwire PBGV in memory of Champion Lacebark's Lydia. The trophy was first offered in 2010 and is a large Dannyquest bronze standing PBGV on a walnut base. The current memento is a walnut plaque (onto which their 8 x 10 win photo can be mounted).

BEST PUPPY: The "Alexander" Memorial Trophy was first offered by George & Betty Barth of Gebeba Kennel plus fans of "Alexander" the PBGV puppy who won the NJ Supermatch and ignited the interest in the breed in 1983. The original award was a glass trophy etched with a likeness of Alexander. Jan Zigich and Ross Litman of Mirepoix PBGV retired that trophy in 2009 and replaced the award with an original stone art piece on a wooden base etched with the same Alexander likeness. Jan Zigich and Ross Litman of Mirepoix PBGV retired their trophy in 2015 and chose to replace the award, as the "Mirepoix Memorial Trophy Honoring "Reine" foundation bitch behind all Mirepoix winning pups. The present trophy consists of a natural burlwood base and a resin PBGV puppy standing on top looking into the burl hole sniffing – hunting. The current memento is a stone piece with the engraved "Alexander" likeness on the piece.

BEST VETERAN: The Best Veteran Club Trophy offered by Barbara & Gary Oxholm, Polygor, Reg. in memory of French/American Champion Fanfan De La Font Francaise. The trophy was first offered in 2006 and is a Dannyquest bronze reclining PBGV on a walnut base. In 2016 Karen Clugston, Jaren PBGVs retired and replaced the trophy. The 2017 trophy is the Jaren PBGVs Memorial Trophy, in Honor of Hazel, CH. Jodells Which Hazel of Jaren. The trophy is 8x11 oval black granite with an artist rendition of "Hazel", on a wood stand. The current memento is a walnut plaque (onto which their 8 x 10 win photo can be mounted).

BEST BRED-BY EXHIBITOR: The Bred-By Club Trophy is offered by Charlie & Helen Ingher, Charlen, Reg. It was first offered in 2006 and is a bronze PBGV with puppies on a walnut base. In 2015 Patricia Koprovic of Westwind PBGV retired the trophy and chose to re-offer the trophy. The current memento is a walnut plaque (onto which their 8 x 10 win photo can be mounted).

WINNERS DOG: The Winners Dog Club Trophy is offered by Corey Benedict and Brent Humphrey, Sidekick Kennels in memory of Ch. Polygor's Sidekick Can Can. The trophy was first offered in 2011 and is a large bronze running PBGV with its nose to the ground mounted on top of a wooden base. The current memento is a walnut plaque (onto which their 8 x 10 win photo can be mounted).

WINNERS BITCH: The Winners Bitch Club Trophy is offered by Sandy Bustin, Crepu Visage PBGV in honor of Tom Bustin's "Cady". The trophy was first offered in 2011 and is a large silver loving cup with a PBGV medallion set on a wooden base. The Winners Bitch Trophy was retired in 2014 by Jan Zigich & Ross Litman of Mirepoix PBGV. The trophy was re-offered in 2014. The current memento is a walnut plaque (onto which their 8 x 10 win photo can be mounted).

AGILITY HIGH IN TRIAL: The Agility High in Trial Club Trophy is offered by Kathy Marshall and the Hound Pack. The trophy is an engraved silver bowl on a wooden base. It was first offered in 2011. Megan & David Esherick retired that trophy in 2014 and replaced the award as: The CH. MACH ClancyBihar Eye of the Tiger, CDX RAE MXG MJG NF HC Memorial Trophy, which is a Dannyquest design of a small pair of running PBGVs on a cast base mounted on top of a wooden base. The current memento is a walnut plaque (onto which their 8 x 10 win photo can be mounted).

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