The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of the many French hunting dog breeds, with its history dating back several centuries, probably to 16th century to his larger ancestor, the Griffon Vendeen. This breed was developed in the region of Vendee, where hunters needed a tough, independent and tenacious hunting dog breed that will be able to hunt in dense underbrush and between the rocks. And indeed, the PBGV is excellent at it.
This breed has one of the longest names in the dog world, but it is also very descriptive. Petit means small, Basset is describing low to the ground dogs with short legs, Griffon means wire coated and Vendeen is the area of France, where this breed originated. So their name literally means small, low to the ground dog from Vendee region with wiry coat.
3) Petit and Grand
There are two types – the Petit and Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, one is small and second is large. For a long time, the Petit had the same breed standard as the Grand Basset, the only difference was their size. After the second world war, breeders who had to revive this breed decided, that it is clear that there should be two different standards for these two dogs. The main difference is of course the size, but the PBGV also has shorter muzzle, squarer body shorter tail and muzzle. Since the 1950s, the PBGV has its own breed standard, but it was not until 1977, when the crossbreeding between the Petit and Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen was banned.
So you already know that this is the smaller Basset Griffon Vendeen, but what is their typical size? Well, on average, these dogs are 34-38 cms tall, which is 13-15 inch and weight is usually aroun 15 kg, which is 33 pounds. There are no extreme size differences between males and females.
I already mentioned in the beginning of the video, that this is a dog breed developed for hunting. And even though they look like total sweethearts and calm lapdogs, they are amazing at hunting. These dogs have amazing sense of smell, which is their main skill on the hunt. Typically, they scent the rabbit or some other small game, than they track and flush the rabbit in the bramble, sending rabbit out into the open where the hunter takes the rabbit with a shot. These dogs have high prey drive, they are quite tough, endurant, intelligent and independent – all very important characteristics or good hunting breed.
Of course, this is not only a great hunter, but also loving and always happy companion dog. Even the official FCI breed standard say, that this is devil in the country, but angel in the house. Often times, this dog is called as „the Happy Breed“ and indeed, it seems that their tail is constantly wagging from one side to another and they always seems to be in good mood. They truly love their people and they love human companionship. These dogs love attention, they are very loyal and typically, they do okay around other dogs and kids in the family, but of course, this is vastly influenced by early socialization.
7) Vocal dogs
Petits are known for barking, but they do not bark for no reason. Even the breed standard says, that they have good voice freely and purposefully used. So when they bark, it will most often have some purpose. They can alert you on something suspicious, which can make them okay watchdogs, they can greet you, let you know they want something, get your attention, greet other dogs.. Well there is a lot of reasons to bark and you should be prepared for it. This is not the quietest breed.
The PBGV has naturally wire coat, which can some peple describe as naturally looking or casual looking. This coat should never be too long and it is pretty harsh to touch. The coat is pretty dense and it is providing warmth in cold weather. You can find this breed in several colors, commonly in white with any combination of lemon, orange, black, tri-colour or grizzle markings
Good facts is, that the grooming is not extremely hard. These dogs do shed, so regular weekly brushing is recommended to remove loose and dead hair and minimize the shedding. You can also trim long hair on the bottom of the feet. Just like with all dogs, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
The PBGV is generally quite healthy and hardy dog breed with average lifespan between 12-14 years. Of course, just like all dogs, they can suffer from some health issues. The major health problems include PBGV pain syndrome, epilepsy, congenital heart defect and spinal issues.
Back in 18th and beginning of the 19th century, there was a dog named Old English Bulldog. It was a very strong and powerful and quite agressive dog breed, that was used for a bloody dog sport called bull baiting, which was banned in 1830s. This breed was ancestor of today Bulldog breeds, but it was a very agile, strong and muscular dog. When the Bullbaiting was banned, these dogs the athletic bulldog quickly began to disappear and new Bulldogs were bred solely for the conformation and as companion dogs, which is why they became smaller and lost most of their athleticism.
2) David Leavitt
The Olde English Bulldogge is an attempt of David Leavitt to recreate this old athletic Old English Bulldog from 18th and 19th century. He wanted to recreate their athleticism, agility and better health, but these dogs should not be that agressive as the original Bulldog. The Olde English Bulldogge is a blend of the English Bulldog, Bullmastiff, American Pit Bull Terrier and American Bulldog. After a while, many other breeders started breeding their own lines of OEBs, so Mr. Leavitt decided to name his line as Leavitt Bulldog to to maintain his original breeding aims and to distinguish his line of Olde English Bulldogges from those of other breeders.
3) English Bulldog
You can see on the first sight, that there is a big difference between the English Bulldog and Olde English Bulldogge. The Olde English Bulldogge is taller, not so wrinkly and overall much less extreme in terms of bulliness. It is also much much healthier breed which can reproduce itself naturally, unlike the English Bulldog who very often must be born by Cesarean Section. The OEB also does not have that big problems with breathing nor with overheating. The Olde English Bulldogge is also more lively, playful and energetic than the English Bulldog.
Great fact is, that even though these dogs look intimidating, their temperament is very friendly, affectionate, eager to please and totally outgoing. These are just amazing family companion dogs. Some of them might have protective instinct and be a little bit territorial, but this is vastly influenced by early socialization. Most of the Olde English Bulldogges love its family and they want to be around its owners all day long. They are also good playful partners for kids, but you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised. These dogs are also okay with other dogs and other pets in the household, especially if they are raised together from the puppyhood.
Even though this is quite intelligent breed with eager to please personality, they are not total pushovers to train. It is mostly due to the typical Bulldog stubborness, which most of them exhibit from time to time. The training sessions should be short, but regular and the training should be very patient and consistent. Overall, it is not terribly hard to teach the Olde English Bulldogges all the basic obedience commands and even some fun tricks as well.
Olde English Bulldogges are big individuals and while some are quite energetic and lively, others are typical apartment coach potatoes. On average, these dogs have moderate exercise needs. They do need regular exercise that will occupy their mind and body. Several daily longer walks accompanied with good playtime or fun training sesions should be enough for these dogs.
This is an athletic and muscular dog breed with average height between 16-20 inch, which is 40-50 cm and weight is typically between 50-80 lbs, which is 22-36 kg. The females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
The Olde english Bulldogge has a short and coarse coat with medium density. The coat should be shiny, showing good health. Officially, according to the breed standard, you can find this breed in brindle, white, fawn, red or black, all with or without white spots and patches. But these dogs can be found in other than these accepted colors as well.
The grooming and maintenanec of Olde English Bulldogge is very easy. They are moderate shedders and you should brush their coat from time to time to remove dirt from it and also any loose and dead hair which will minimize the shedding. But the shedding is nothing terrible. There is no need for any other special care about the coat. You should také proper care about the skin between wrinkles and keep it dry and clean so they dont develope any infections. Just like with all dogs, you should also regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
Great fact is, that the Olde English Bulldogge tends to be healthier breed than most of other Bulldog breeds. But it does not mean that they can not suffer from any health issues. The major health concerns include bloating, hip dysplasia and some skin problems. The average lifespan is between 11-14 years.
The Wirehaired Vizsla is not just a variety of the smooth coated Vizsla, because it is a separate purebred breed, but they are close relatives. It is because the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla was developed in 1930s from the original Vizsla and German Wirehaired Pointer. The two men who are credited for developing this breed are Vasas Joszef and Gresznarik Laszlo. The reason of developing a new breed was a need of hungarian hunters and falconers for a dog similar to Vizsla, but with denser coat and sturdier frame.
The Wirehaired Vizsla is just amazing versatile hunting breed, capable of hunting in the field, forest or water. Their main skills are excellent sense of smell, amazing retrieving and pointing ability, high prey drive and absolute determination to the hunt. These dogs are able to hunt in very difficult terrain or in extreme weather conditions without any problems. It is no wonder, that even today, the Wirehaired Vizsla is very often used for this utilization.
Even though, these dogs were bred for hunt, they are also favourite companion dogs of many many people. It is mostly due to their adaptability, easy going nature, playful, loyal and affectionate temperament. This is also quite intelligent and easily trainable breed. These dogs love its people and want to be around them all they long. It is also very sensitive breed that does not bear rough handling. The Wirehaired Vizsla is typically okay with other dogs in the family and they are good playful partners for older kids. Other household pets might be problematic due to the Vizslas high prey drive, but this can be vastly influenced by early socialization.
It is important to say, that even though this is trainable, affectionate and loyal breed, it is not a dog for everyone. It is mostly due to their very high energy level and exercise needs. These dogs are workers and they need some job or activity in their daily life that will occupy them physically or mentally. It does not need to be hunting, but you will have to take your Vizsla on long daily walks, hikes or jogs every day. These dogs also love swimming and playing different games such as hide and seek or fetch. These dogs are also great adepts for various dog sports such as agility, obedience trials, dock diving or of course hunting trials. If you will not provide them with enough exercise, they can develop some unwanted behaviour such as destruction.
This dog was bred to have a dense coat that will protect it from bad weather conditions and indeed, the Wirehaired Vizsla has a very dense, close lying, wiry and strong coat. The undercoat is water repellent. This dog is famous for their pronounced eyebrows and harsh beard, which gives them determined and kinda wise expression. The color of this breed is golden sand to russet. They can also have small white marks on the chest and feet.
This is very athletic and muscular dog breed with average height between 54-64 cm, which is 21-25 inch and weight is usually between 20-30 kg, which is 45-65 pounds. Females tend to be slightly smaller and lighter than males.
7) Two Vizslas
The obvious difference between the Wirehaired and Smoothhaired Vizsla is the coat. The other, not so obvious difference is the size, because the Wirehaired Vizsla is slightly bigger and stronger in bone. When the first Wirehaired Vizslas were born, their temperament was described identically to the temperament and characteristics of the smooth haired Vizsla, but some people claim, that the Wirehaired Vizsla tend to be little bit more chilled out and calm, but it is still a very lively and active breed. Overall, the difference in temperament of both breeds is not big.
The Wirehaired Vizsla has a very descriptive name. Well, they do have wiry coat and the word Vizsla can can be translated to english as a searcher or tracker, which is describing their utilization perfectly.
The Wirehaired Vizsla is a so called wash and wear dog, meaning they do not need almost no grooming and they will keep their coat in great condition. You can brush their coat to remove any dirt, loose and dead hair and minimize the shedding. Other than that, you should also regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
The average lifespan of Wirehaired Vizsla is between 12-14 years. For the most part, this is a pretty healthy breed, but of course, they can suffer from some health issues. This breed may be affected by hip and elbow dysplasia, dysphagia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy or various eye problems.
The Georgian Shepherd evolved in the high Georgian Caucasus mountains for protecting purposes, so it just must be a very strong and poweful dog with thick and dense coat which is protecting them from the cold weather.
These dogs come in two coat types – one is long, called bear type and it is commonly in brown color. The second type is short coat, called as Lion type and it is considered to be the original type of a coat and that is predominantly found in the north-east regions of Georgia. This coat is most often in white color with spots and patches of other color. It is important to mention that even the shorter coat is very dense and it is providing good protection against cold.
This is very large and strong dog with average height between 65-85 cm which is 25-34 inch and weight is usually between 50-90 kg, which is 110-200 pounds. The females are naturally little bit smaller than males. These dogs have massive head and large powerful legs.
This breed has been used for centuries for protection the livestock and property against very strong predators such as wolves. And to be good protector, the Georgian Shepherd must be very alert, territorial, brave and courageous dog breed, with strong natural guarding instinct and independent personality. These dogs are also alert towards strangers and it can take a while before a stranger will gain a trust of this dog.
On the other hand, the Georgian Shepherd is known for its loyalty to its owner. They might not be overly affectionate like some other breeds, but they truly love its family and would protect them in case of any danger. If the Georgian Shepherd is well socialized from the puppyhood, they can live with other dogs or other pets in the family and they can make good partners for kids in the family, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised.
Even though this is highly intelligent breed capable of learning many different commands, it is certainly not a dog for novices. It is mostly due to their very big strenghth and natural protective instinct. If you would faily the training and socialization with dog this powerful and protective, you can have a big problem. The Georgian Shepherd needs a firm, patient and consistent trainer who know how to show the dog boundaries.
The Georgian Shepherd will do best in a home with a big fenced yard where it can run freely and naturally stretch their legs. These dogs are not completely hyperactive, but definitely not a total coach potatoes neither. They need daily playtime, fun training session, walks or hikes to stay in good condition, healthy and happy.
This is a very old and ancient dog breed from Caucasus mountain range in Georgia, where it was used for centuries for protecting the livestock against strong predators such as wolves or jackals. This breed was developed by adapting to its environemnt and purpose, but the breeds ancestry nor its exact date of origin is rather unknown, since there is not much of historical documentation about this breed.
The Georgian Shepherd is very popular in Georgia, where it is often time called as Nagazi dog.
Health and grooming
Great fact is, that the grooming and maintenance of Georgian Shepherd is not extremely hard. They do not need any trimming or shaving. It is true, that their double coat does shed, which can be minimize by regular brushing, which will remove loose and dead hair from the coat. It will also remove any dirt and it will keep the coat in best possible condition. Just like with all dogs you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clean them or clip them if needed.
The average lifespan of Georgian Shepherd is between 11-12 years, which is actually above the average for a dog of this size. Of course, just like all breeds, even the Georgian Shepherd can suffer from some health issues, which include hip and elbow dysplasia or cataracts, but none of those is extremely common with this breed and the Georgian Shepherd tends to be very healthy and hardy breed.
The Braque du Bourbonnais is one of the oldest French breeds, with its history dating back at least to the 1500s. The first written evidence about this breed is from 1598 in the book Natural History from Aldrovandi. We do not have enough information about the breeds ancestry, but it is very likely that they were developed from the early Spanish Pointer. The Braque de Bourbonnais from 16th century was described as a pleasant companion of the hunter, of hardy and healthy appearance.
2) Almost extinct
In the 20th century, the Braque du Bourbonnais breed was very close to extinction. The reasons were of course the two world wars, but also the strict breeding requirements on appearance of the dog. Up until the 20th century, this dog was bred mainly for utilization, but after establishemnt of the first breed club in 1930s, there were also very strict requirements on color and taillnessness. Because of these strict rules, it was hard to keep breeding these dogs and no Braque de Bourbonnais was registered between 1963 to 1973. The person who is credited for reviving the breed is Michel Comte, who in 1970s started looking for the last living Braque de Bourbonnais dogs. He only found some mixed breeds with characteristics of this breed and from these mixes he recreated the breed as we know it today.
The main purpose of this dog breed is of course hunting. And this is very good versatile hunter! The Braque du Bourbonnais is a very athletic and endurant dog with extraordinary sense of smell, pointing instict, high prey drive and retrieving ability. Their intelligence, adaptability to various terrain and passion for the hunt, make this dog just amazing hunter.
When the Braque du Bourbonnais is not on the hunt, they make kind, gentle and affectionate companions. If they are provided with enough work and exercise, they tend to be pretty calm at home. It is truly a great combination of an active hunter and gentle family companion dog. These dogs tend to attach very closely to its owner and they want to follow the owner everywhere. They are also known for being very good around children, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed with a very young child unsupervised.
As you can probably imagine, these dogs are very active and they have high exercise needs. They are workers and they want to have some kind of a job or activity in their life. If you are not using this dog for hunting, you must give them enough outdoor activity, such as long walks, hikes, camping, fishing, jogging, swimming, just any outdoor activity really. These are also quite playful breeds, so you can try to play hide and seek, fetch or you can always teach the dog new tricks. You just must keep their body and mind stimulated everyday so the dog stays healthy and happy.
The Braque du Bourbonnais is famous for its beautiful and quite unique coloration and ticking patterns on its coat and also for the freckled face. These dogs come in two color variation, the first one is faded lilac, which is similar to liver color and the second is peach blossom, which is similar to fawn color. Overall, the coat is quite short and fine.
This is very strong and athletic sized dog breed, with average height between 48-57 cm, which is 19-22 inch, and weight is typically between 35-55 pounds, which is 15-25 kg. Females are naturally little bit smaller than males.
In the past, these dogs had to be born without a tail or with a very short tail. They were even sometimes named as short-tail pointers. Because of the recent history and the fact that the breed was recreated not so long ago, the requirements about the tail are not that strict these days and docked tails are allowed by breed standard as well. But the short tail is very typical for this breed.
This is very low maintenance dog breed when it comes to grooming. They do shed some deal and if you want to minimize the shedding, some brushing is recommended to remove the dead hair. No other grooming is needed and the dog is quite self manageable. Just like with all dogs, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clean them or clip them if needed.
The average lifespan of this breed is between 12-15 years. Just like all dogs, even this breed can suffer from some health issues and it is predisposed for the same health problems as majority of other pointing breeds, which include hip and elbow dysplasia, congenital heart disease, patellar luxation or progressive retinal atrophy.