Dedicated to the Protection and Preservation of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.
The PBGV Club of America (PBGVCA) and the Health & Rescue Foundation of PBGVCA have launched a breed preservation initiative and we need your help.
PBGVs are a low registration breed, which means that fewer litters are being born each year. If current rates of decline continue, we could have no litters being born in two years! We don't expect it to get to that, but the decline is alarming. Other low registration breeds are beginning to recover but, so far, the PBGV is not. To counter the decline in PBGV numbers, the PBGVCA Health Committee has developed a breeder mentor program to help aspiring PBGV breeders produce healthy litters. While this is a good beginning, more is needed.
We need to tell people unfamiliar with PBGVs why we love this breed. As we know, the PBGV is a happy breed, good with children, and always a source of amusement around the house. The PBGV is a healthy breed, ready to run the fields after rabbits but also content to lounge on the sofa with family.
With your help, here's what we can do.
To draw people into our world, the Club plans to design brochures and videos that illustrate the PBGV's endearing qualities. Part of the plan is to hire a professional photographer to produce content for our marketing materials. Having professional photographs and videos of these fabulous dogs doing what they do so well (scent work, hunting, agility, obedience and rally) is essential to our goal.
The Club also plans to reach out to our membership and to ask them to be ambassadors for the Breed in their communities. We will work with AKC to take advantage of some of their "on-air" programs to showcase PBGVs. We will make it easier for a prospective PBGV owner to find out about our wonderful breed.
As for the breeder side of this Initiative, we will look at ways to expand the gene pool, ways to cultivate and mentor younger members of the Club, the possibility of setting up a Semen Bank, developing stronger links among breeders to bring new ideas to the table and ensure good, sound standards are being met, and understand and address obstacles to becoming or remaining a breeder.
Recognizing that expanding the PBGV population is essential for breed health, the Foundation has partnered with the Club in this effort and has set up a Breed Preservation Fund. Every donation to the Foundation, earmarked for Breed Preservation, is a tax-deductible donation and will help to pay to put into practice the ideas discussed.
Your gift is essential if we are to put into action these strategies to preserve our breed. So please click on the Donate button below and make a contribution. With your help we can ensure the long-term health and welfare of this fabulous breed.
We will keep you updated in Saber Tails. Please help us help the breed survive….today. Thank you!
What is the Health and Rescue Foundation?
The PBGV Health and Rescue Foundation (PBGVHRF) is separate from the PBGV Club of America. The Foundation is an independent organization, qualified by the IRS as a 501(c)3 corporation that can accept tax exempt donations. The PBGVHRF has been formed in large part to provide funding that will support the goals of the PBGV Club of America's Health Committee and the PBGVCA Rescue Committee. Specific objectives of the PBGVHRF are:
- To receive and administer funds for charitable, scientific or educational purposes through contributions from the general public.
- To promote, fund and perform research into the health, care and breeding of purebred Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens.
- To fund the rescue of PBGVs when they are neglected or endangered.
- To promote the proper care of purebred Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens through educational means.
The PBGV Health and Rescue Foundation Officers and Board of Directors are responsible for managing and directing all Foundation business. The PBGVHRF Board has developed an effective interface between the Health and Rescue Foundation and the PBGVCA. Procedures are in place, which provide direction for both fund raising and funds dispersal.
PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation: DNA Reimbursement Form
PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation 2019-2020 Eye Exam Reimbursement Program Click Here
PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation Research Projects Click Here
PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation By-Laws Click Here
PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation Annual & Financial Reports Click Here
PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation Meeting Minutes MEMBERS ONLY. Click Here
PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation Newsletters. Click Here
Make a Donation
Tax exempt donations may be made to the PBGVHRF by using our online form where you can pay with major credit/debit cards or through a PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to use online form. Click Here for details.Donation can be made via U.S. mail. Click here for donation form and send your donation to:
JoAnne Hacker, Treasurer
10832 NE Country Club Rd.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?Glaucoma is a painful and blinding disease associated with high pressure in the eye due to a build-up of fluid.
Primary glaucoma is an inherited condition and is sub-divided into two types: open (POAG) and closed (PCAG) angle glaucoma. In both forms, glaucoma results from reduced drainage of fluid within the eye, causing a build-up of pressure which, in turn, leads to pain and blindness. For closed angle glaucoma a screening technique called gonioscopy can identify dogs at risk.
DEVELOPING A DNA TEST FOR POAGAfter several years of work using DNA samples provided by many supportive owners and breeders, the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in the United Kingdom (UK) has identified the mutation that causes POAG in the PBGV.
BENEFIT OF DNA TESTViv Phillips, BGVC explains the benefit of knowing whether your dog is a carrier by saying, "For example, a clear dog mated to a carrier or affected PBGV would, at worst, produce carriers. If these dogs are never to be used for breeding the test is not as significant. If parents are clear their progeny would be hereditarily clear and therefore there would be no need to test.
"Two carriers producing progeny would produce carriers but could also produce affected, and therefore all progeny must be tested.
"Once tested, with the exception of affected hounds, there would be no need for these PBGVs to take any further eye tests. Then, hopefully, a very small minority of affected dogs would need regular pressure testing on at least an annual basis.
HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: TWO-STEP PROCESSWith the discovery of the POAG gene mutation in PBGVs and development of a diagnostic cheek swab test by the Animal Health Trust, we are now in the position to make a dramatic difference in the health of our beloved breed. We can eliminate glaucoma!
In order for this to become a reality, two key things need to happen;
- First, we must test our dogs through AHT, and
- Second, we must enter the test results into the OFA open database.
Both of these steps are essential if we are to eradicate this painful blinding disease from the breed. Of course, this will not happen overnight, but it has to start now.
Reprint of a November 2011 article written by Dr. Cathryn Mellersh, Head of Canine Genetics at the Animal Health Trust on genetic basics when breeding with a known inherited disorder such as POAG. "Should We Breed With Carriers?" Click Here
OFA Open Database: Once you receive test results, complete the OFA Application for DNA Based Genetic Database, Click Here and submit the form to OFA along with a copy of the AHT POAG results. Once OFA receives the results you will receive a confirmation from OFA. Owners submitting results will incur a fee as indicated on the form.
To stimulate this process, the PBGV Health and Rescue Foundation will reimburse $40.00 per dog to PBGVCA Club members who test their dogs and submit the results to the OFA database. In addition PBGV owners who reside in North America but who are not club members are also eligible for the reimbursement. To request the reimbursement, send a copy of the OFA confirmation by mail or email to the Foundation Treasurer: JoAnne Hacker, 10832 N.E. Country Club Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2337, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Get AHT Test Kit (Please have all your information ready for each dog.) Click Here
- Enter test result in OFA open database: Complete Application for DNA Based Genetic Database Click Here
- Get Foundation reimbursement: Send copy of OFA confirmation by mail or email to: Foundation Treasurer: JoAnne Hacker, 10832 N.E. Country Club Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2337, email@example.com.