This passion can also get the best of them and manifest itself as unruliness---a trait of most of the Griffons. They are best worked as a single, brace or in small packs. Their independent nature and poor packing instinct make them difficult to control in large packs. Physically and mentally tough, they are not deterred by thorns, rough terrain or outside distractions - their tenacity is unequalled. They are very clever at figuring out the tricks of the quarry and, coupled with their speed, they are well suited to hunting with or without a gun. It is often said the PBGV is almost too fast for his nose.
As with many other scent hounds, his voice is
quite loud for his size and can be heard for great distances. He uses
this voice a little more freely than other hounds, and one can easily
distinguish the different tones he uses and what they signify. There is
no mistaking the tone of his voice when he is hot on the trail of fresh
quarry, or just speaking of yesterday’s news. His scenting abilities
are said to be superior to many hounds. Some have also been used to
flush and retrieve birds.
|A breeder can make a difference in the dogs he chooses to breed. All my hounds are used for hunting, we keep and breed our best to fine-tune their skills. They must possess a willingness to please. There is no pleasure in hunting if you are always looking for, or yelling at, your hound. Secondly, they must all possess the drive and desire. This can be easily lost through indiscriminate breeding. Lastly, they must all possess their inherent keen scenting ability. Generation after generation, we breed for these qualities to produce a good working hound so it has the potential to become a great one.|
|Never rush and make judgments on a young hound. He should be given at least two to three seasons to perfect his skills. The style he develops after all our careful planning varies from dog to dog but he should never be mistaken for, or likened to, anything other than what he is - - a Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen hound.|
"Ever consider what they must think of us? I
mean, here we
come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul-
chicken, pork, half cow. They must think we’re the greatest
hunters on earth!"—Anne Tyler
rabbit hunting has been around as long as mankind. In the beginning it
was a necessity to put food on the table whereas nowadays, although
many still enjoy a good rabbit meal, going rabbit
your hound is done for the simple pleasure of watching a hound
The goal is no longer to catch the rabbit,
but to test the skills and abilities of the hound(s).
Developing and putting to use a good rabbit hound has been an artform which has been dabbled in in every country. TheBeagles of Britain, the Drevers of Sweden, the Podengos of Portuguese and the Bassets of France. Almost every country has developed a specific breed of dog for hunting their type of rabbit on their native terrain in their unique environment.
think of many things more enjoyable than strolling out with a couple of
hounds just shortly after dawn, with the sunrise sparkling off the
lingering dew and a fog still blanketing the hilltops, or after
falling of snow precariously clinging to all the tree branches, bent
under the weight, and the air smelling so clean
you don’t think you can breath deep enough. The only tracks you
see are the hounds’ going this way and that,and the only sound you hear
is the snuffling and snorting coming from their noses.
You are serene in the peacefulness yet still waiting with great
anticipation for that first “yip” that splits the silence then
explodes into an exciting chorus of notes. Soon you distinguish
what type of game they have flushed and how close they are on its’
heals. Standing still you watch and listen to seewhat pattern the
rabbit has decided to weave and how well thehounds are playing their
you are lucky, you glimpse therabbit darting by and you hold your
breath waiting for the hounds to run by along the
same route. Around and around they all go until finally the
labyrinth becomes too confusing for the hounds to follow or the
rabbit goes to ground and ends the chase.
The one that got
| 02/2001 Rex, Nick
The one that didn't!
Jigsaw and Nixie
The Deerhound is also our deer sentinal and
coyote watchdog. I work the hounds in a area of about 500 acres
is also home to a huge deer and coyote population. The deer are a
nuisance and some of the Petits will need to be broke from chasing
them, while others never bother picking up on them. The coyotes
have chased several
of our hounds and the hounds now have a healthy respect for them.
I know immediately if they have run into a coyote when all my Petits
are gathered closely at my feet when I haven't even called them in!
|03/2004 Susan with Reglisse & Nixie||
The last rabbit of the season goes to train the puppies.
|Training For The Field|
The Tewkesbury Foot Bassets
This is one of the finest large pack of pure
Basset Hounds I've had the pleasure of walking out with. Several
times they have visited Ontario to hunt hare and an exciting run was
There is no comparing these athletes to the Basset Hounds in the conformation rings.
Skycastle Pack is
a pack of rough-coated Bassets and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. We have been down to see
them work and had a wonderful day of hunting the the thick bush of the
area. Jim Scharnberg is the Huntsman and owner of this private
that meet once a week during the season.
1990 French Nationals - M.Mounac's pack "La Belle Musique" kennel
Although I have never had the pleasure of joining M. Mounac and his hounds, I have admired the work of his hounds in the French Field Trials from afar. At the French Nationals I have had the opportunity to see his hounds win much recognition for their conformation proving beauty and brains are possible.
There are several working kennels in France that have also caught my eye and admiration. Join the Griffon Vendeen Club of France to see results and critiques of hounds at the latest hunting trials.
We will be continually updating this page as I collect more hound stories and photos from friends around the world.
The Drever Hound
The American Rabbit Hound Association
Hounds & Hunting
Small Pack Option - although this site deals with beagles and beaglers, it offers
lots of information for anyone wanting to learn about your rabbit dog, rabbit hunting
and the how-tos. There are chat rooms, vet page, question & answer pages, great
working beagle site links, as well as some interesting recipes!
Basset Bleu de Gascongne & French Bassets - Hunting Dogs
- audio of the Trompes de Chasse & artwork
(back to PBGV index)