Meet the Basset Breeds


Breed Read

A Selection of the many books available

BGV (Petit)

The Kennel Club
A milestone get-together of the four PBGV book authors - Kitty Steidel, Valerie Link, Linda Skerritt and Jeffrey Peppper, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2000
The Kennel Journal
Published in 1999, this most recent in-depth PBGV book is by Valerie Link and Linda Skerritt, Doral Publishing (now Lumina Media).  The ISBN is 0-944875-58-0.
The authors obtained previously unexamined kennel records, albums and archives. These chart in-depth early days of the breed in prominent countries, with detailed information and unseen photos, also give specific breed care. Available from Linda Skerritt, +44 (0)1375 673922,
Our Dogs
A good source of information is the book “Understanding the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen: Rustic French Hound” by Kitty Steidel, Orient Publications, 1987. The ISBN is 0-9618117-0-6.
Written when the breed was in its infancy in the States, this book gives general history and Standards, discusses training and day-to-day care. It is informative, interesting and easy to read.
Canine Alliance
"Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen"
by Jeffrey Pepper
TFH Publications ISBN: 0-86622-578-1
Animal Health Trust
2 follow-up books
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
by Jeffrey G Pepper
General dog care, with the text suitably adapted by the author to the particular breed.
Published by
Interpet  2001, ISBN 1-903098-99-8; and
A Kennel Club Book 2005,
ISBN 1-59378-310-8
BGV Club

BGV (Grand)

In 2003, a privately printed book appeared.  Updated since then, “This is the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen” by Vivien Phillips charts the breed's ancestry and its early history in the UK.
The book is available from her on +44 (0)1442 851225,
Basset Hound Club
Basset Fauve de Bretagne Club

The Basset Breeds

In 2004  “Meet the Basset Breeds” - another privately produced book - appeared.  A follow-up publication in 2006 contained articles and breeder ads and even more never-before seen historical documents and photos of all the basset breeds. 
Only the second edition is now available - from Linda Skerritt on +44 (0)1375 673922,

French books

Danish Basset Club
Why are the basset breeds such tireless hunters? What is their origin, how do they hunt? See the French breed standards. A comprehensive book on the five basset breeds by two eminent specialists – “Les Bassets Courants” by John Miller & Maurice LeBlanc, which gives in-depth historical information about the five basset breeds. 
Gerfaut Club, 1987, ISBN 2.90119621.7;  and
“Les Bassets Griffons Vendéens ” by Claire Dupuis. Aided by photos provided by well known French breeder Rene Tixier, Claire Dupuis' book describes the origins and history of the breed, translating it into the Frenchman's enduring passion for hunting. Editions de Vecchi, 1996, ISBN 2-7328-2181-0.
Club du Griffon Vendéen

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Published in 2004 after his death in 2002, this book on the Basset Fauve de Bretagne contains a contribution by Evan Roberts on the history and characteristics of the breed.  Edited by dog authority, Juliet Cunliffe, it is complemented by everyday care and training of the breed. 
A Kennel Club book, 2004, ISBN 1-59378-343-4

Basset Hounds

"This is the Basset Hound" by Ernest H Hart 
TFH, 1974
ISBN 0-87666-241-6
 "All about the Basset Hound"
by Jeanne Rowett Johns
Revised  ed:
Pelham, London, 1977,
ISBN 0 7027 1031 6
"The Basset Hound"
by E Fitz Daglish
Foyles Handbook, London, 1967 and 1973
"The Basset Hound"
by George Johnston
Popular Dogs, London, 1968,
ISBN 09 088400-0
"The New Complete
Basset Hound"
by Mercedes Braun
4th ed. New York 
 Howell, 1982,
ISBN 0-87605-021-6
"Basset Hounds"
by Diane McCarty
New Jersey:
TFH, 1979,
ISBN 0-8766-6679-9
1995, ISBN 0-7938-2381-1
"The Basset Hound" by Joan Wells-Meacham
Bartholomew, 1980,
ISBN 0-7028-8390-5
"The Basset Hound"
by Marcia A Foy and 
Anna Katherine Nicholas
New Jersey, TFH, 1985
ISBN 0-8662-2044-5
  "The Official Book
of the Basset Hound"
by Robert E Booth
America TFH, 1998,
ISBN 0793805082
 "The Basset Hound – An Owner's Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet"
by Barbara Wicklund
America 1996,
Hungry Minds,       
ISBN 0-8760-5495-5
 "The Basset Hound – Your Healthy,  Happy Pet"
2nd ed. 2008
by Terry Albert
Howell, America  
ISBN: 0-4703-9056-6
"The New Basset Hound" by Margaret S Walton   New York , Howell 1993,
ISBN 0-87605-022-4
"I can't wait for the
next good book!" 
"The Basset Hound"
a Best of Breed book edited by Colin & Trish Wells, Pet Book Publishing Co, UK 2012,
ISBN 1-906305-54-3
"The Basset Hound"
by  Marianne R Nixon
TFH Kingdom,
England 1999,
ISBN 1-8527-9094-6

French Hound Breeds

"Hounds of France - Disciples of Diana" by George Johnston with illustrations by Maria Ericson.  Spur Publications, England, 1979  ISBN 0-904558-43-6
This comprehensive guide gives a detailed account of each of the breeds of the French hound breeds, including the basset breeds - including their Standards.