My name is Maria and I was born in Ivrea in the Province of Turin on a sunny day in April, 1953
My family brought me up to love animals. I grew up with dogs who, when I was a small child were my playmates and now that I am an adult, are my best friends. Please believe me when I tell you that these dogs have taught me so much apart from the true friendship they have given me. I have had many dogs in my life, mainly of different breeds, until the day that I set eyes on the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen . For me it was love at first sight! I was finally coming around after having passed a bad period in my life and when I met “Petit” the name I gave to this female Basset Vendéen, I was absolutely fascinated. It wasn’t because she was such a perfect specimen, it was because of her strength of character, I could sense her desire to live in this world all the while loving it. It was exactly this that struck me. Some months later I met Petit’s owner, Ferruccio Sala, who brought her to my house and asked me to keep her. It was thanks to that meeting that I made the decision that Petit should have a litter and had to make contact with the French Vandéen Club as in Italy at that time, the breed was practically unknown. After two months Petit had her litter and I bred my first Petit Basset Vendéen puppies, a wonderful experience which I have been lucky enough to continue today.