Griffon Venden

hat a name! Petit means small, Basset means low to the ground, Griffon means wire-coated, and Vendeen refers to the region in France where the breed originated. This is an old breed that was (and still is) used in the rough terrain of Vendée, France, to hunt small game.

This breed (called the PBGV) stands 13 to 15 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 40 pounds. The head is long, the eyes are large and dark, and the ears are dropped, narrow, fine, and folded. The muscular body is longer than the dog is tall. The tail is medium in length, tapered, and carried high. The coat is harsh and rough. The face has a beard and mustache, and the tail is well-covered. There is a thick undercoat. Coat colors include white with lemon, orange, sable, black, and tricolor.

The PBGV's coat should be brushed weekly, although it may need more frequent brushing when the undercoat is shedding. Potential owners should discuss specific coat care needs with a breeder.

Most PBGVs are playful, happy extroverts. They enjoy long brisk walks, a play session with the kids, and a training session on the agility course. Although not normally destructive, a bored PBGV who doesn't get enough exercise can get into trouble.

Training this breed is not difficult as long as the owner can keep the dog motivated. Scenthounds by nature, PBGVs are easily distracted by interesting smells and love to follow their noses. Socialization is recommended, not because the breed's temperament warrants it, but because these dogs enjoy socializing!

This breed does best in a home where the owner understands hound characteristics. PBGVs vocalize and can do so often and with volume; this can cause problems when neighbors live close by. The breed is great with kids and other dogs, and usually with cats, too. Interactions with smaller pets should be closely supervised. Health concerns include eye problems, thyroid and heart disorders, and luxated patellas.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Hunter Size: 13 to 15 in tall; 25 to 40 lbs

Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Active Training: Moderate Grooming: Easy

haraoh Hound ncient Egyptian hieroglyphics and paintings dating back to 3000 B.C. show Pharaoh Hounds as hunting partners and companions, making them one of the oldest breeds known today. King Tutankhamen had a Pharaoh Hound named Abuwitiyuw that he treasured. When his dog died, he had him embalmed as a nobleman of that time would be.

These dogs are 21 to 25 inches tall with weight in proportion to height. These sighthounds are elegant, graceful, and made for speed. The head is wedge-shaped, the eyes are amber, and the ears are upright. The body is slightly longer than tall, with a deep chest and moderate tuck-up. The tail is tapered and usually has a white tip. The coat is short and is tan to chestnut, with white on the chest. The breed has an interesting characteristic: When excited, the insides of the ears and the nose blush to a rosy pink color.

The short coat should be brushed weekly.

As with most sighthounds, this breed loves to run and is incredibly fast. All exercise should take place in a fenced-in area, however, as this breed has a high prey drive; if a small animal is flushed, the dog could be gone in a flash. In the house, the Pharaoh Hound enjoys being a couch potato, curling up in a warm, comfy spot.

Pharaoh Hounds are bright and intelligent and want nothing more than to make their owners smile. Their training should be firm yet fun, and should begin early. Since the breed is often wary of strangers, socialization should begin early, too. Pharaoh Hounds have been successful in obedience competition, agility, and lure coursing.

Although bred for thousands of years to be a hunting sighthound, this breed can make a wonderful family pet. When raised with children, she can be a great friend but will not tolerate rough handling. She is also good with other dogs and with cats when raised with them. She does have a strong prey drive, so care should be taken with other smaller pets. Health concerns include hip dysplasia and allergies.

English Pointer Hunting Prey


Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Hunter, companion Size: 21 to 25 in tall; weight proportionate to height Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Moderate to vigorous Training: Fun to train Grooming: Easy

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he Pointer, also known as the English Pointer, originated in Great Britain in the 1600s. The Pointer would find and point game, and then Greyhounds would be turned loose to run down the prey. When guns came into use, the Pointer was still valued for her ability to pinpoint prey.

Today's Pointer stands 23 to 28 inches tall and weighs 45 to 75 pounds. She is very much an athlete. Her head is medium width, and her muzzle has good length. Her eyes are round and dark and ears are dropped. Her back is strong, and her tail tapers to a fine point. Her coat is short and dense and is liver, lemon, orange, or black, with or without white.

The coat should be brushed weekly with a soft bristle brush.

The Pointer is a breed driven to hunt; she has a strong prey drive and the body of a superb athlete. She needs vigorous daily exercise; without it, she will find potentially destructive ways to amuse herself. She can run alongside a bicycle, go jogging with her owner, train on the agility course, or play flyball. Many Pointers have done well in canine sports, while others compete in field trials.

Pointers also need obedience training. Without training, this energetic breed can be hard to control and quite mischievous. Until taught the household rules, she can easily entertain herself—much to her owner's dismay. The American Pointer Club says, "This training will help to develop your Pointer's manners for the enjoyable years ahead as a true member of the family." Socialization is also important; Pointers can be protective of their homes. Their vocal abilities may be too loud for close neighbors.

The Pointer is not the right dog for a sedentary owner; she needs an owner who can keep her busy. The breed retains its hunting instincts and is still widely used as a superb hunting companion. She is usually great with children, although puppies can be rough and rowdy. Care should be taken with smaller pets. Health concerns include eye disorders and deafness.


Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Hunter Size: 23 to 28 in tall; 45 to 75 lbs

Longevity: 11 to 13 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Moderate; can get into trouble Grooming: Easy

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