All Your PBGV Questions Answered
Is a PBGV difficult to housebreak?
No more than other breeds. With consistent training on your part, your puppy should be housebroken in a few weeks.
How much will my PBGV shed?
The PBGV has a “wire” coat and does not shed much. We recommend a good brushing once a week to remove any loose or dead hair.
Does he require much grooming?
No. Besides the weekly brushing, he needs his nails trimmed and his ears checked regularly, but he requires no other grooming.
Is this a good breed for someone with allergies?
We do not recommend the PBGV for those who are allergic to dogs. If you are concerned about allergies, please consult your family physician or an allergist.
Is the PBGV a good family pet? Is he good with children?
Yes on both accounts. He is full of energy and loves children. Because he is sturdy and not given to aggression, he makes a fine family companion. Nevertheless, young children should be taught to respect the pup and how to play with him without hurting him.
So PBGVs have a good temperament?
In general, yes. We consider temperament very carefully in our breeding program. We evaluate each pup’s individual character so that we can place him in the most appropriate home.
How much exercise will my PBGV need?
This is a difficult question to answer because there is quite a bit of variation in activity level from one PBGV to another. Although a fenced yard for supervised play is best, a minimum of a half-hour walk twice or three times a day is probably sufficient. Young adults will need to be walked more frequently, of course. We have found that the amount of time the dog spends with his family is more important than the amount of exercise he gets, within reason. PBGVs don’t like to be ignored.
Can I let my PBGV run loose or off-leash?
The PBGV is a hunting breed, and PBGVs have been bred for centuries to follow their nose and chase rabbits or other small game. For their safety, and for your peace of mind, they should only be let off-leash in a securely enclosed area. They can be very resourceful escape artists and can get into mischief when bored, so we strongly recommend that they be supervised at all times, even when in a fenced yard.
What about Invisible Fencing® and similar products?
We know of PBGV owners who have had success with these systems, but we also know many PBGVs for whom they would not be suitable. Success will depend a great deal on your dog’s temperament and your persistence in training him. In most cases, a securely enclosed area is probably the way to go.
Both of us work. Is that a problem?
It will not be a problem as long as you have time to spend with your dog when you are home. Also, while your PBGV is a puppy someone will have to come home during the day to allow it to relieve itself. As with any dog, PBGVs want and need human companionship. If they don’t get it, they will demand it.
Do PBGVs bark a lot?
Most dogs will bark on occasion, and PBGVs are no exception. They also can howl or bay. The breed standard says “good voice, freely used,” and some PBGVs definitely use their voice more freely than others. If you don’t want barking to become a problem, you should never encourage it.
I have heard that digging, chewing, and destructiveness can be a problem. Is that true?
Left unsupervised in the yard, any dog will dig; that’s why we recommend supervised play outside. You should always have a good supply of safe chew toys available, especially during teething periods; this will reduce the chance of the dog chewing on your furniture. As for destructiveness, it’s rarely a problem unless the dog is not receiving enough attention.
Is a PBGV hard to train?
No. The PBGV is very intelligent and he catches on very quickly to what you want him to do. Since he can be independent, he requires consistent application of the rules by all family members.
Do they have health problems?
Like all other breeds, the PBGV is subject to some health problems. These are described in our Health Problems page.
How long do PBGVs live?
You can expect your PBGV to live about 10 to 12 years.