The Basset fauve de Bretagne is a scent hound hunting dog with short legs. They are small hound dogs that have the same body structure as the Bassett Hound, but they weigh less and have a bit longer legs.
Currently this dog is most commonly used as a show dog and a family pet rather than a hunting dog. These are generally happy dogs which are good with children. Their love for following scent trails can become a problem as it is not uncommon for Basset fauve de Bretagnes to ignore commands and follow scents, which is why it's important to train them early.
The Basset fauve de Bretagne are originally from Brittany (France) in the early 19th century and were used as hunting dogs to follow scent trails. They were originally bred from them Grand fauve de Bretagne (now extinct).
They were mostly used by hunters to follow scent trails of rabbit, hare, deer, fox, or bore either by themselves or with a small group of other Basset fauve de Bretagnes.
Most Basset fauve de Bretagnes live in France and the surrounding countries and very few are exported. In fact, the first Basset fauve de Bretagne exported to the USA was in 2001.
12-16 Inches (from ground to shoulder)
Fawn or Red-Wheaten
Very wirey, thick, coarse, and rough to the touch.
They appear very similar in shape (not color or coat) to the Bassett Hound. The only differences is that the Basset fauve de Bretagne's ears just reach the end of the nose and their legs are a bit longer.
Basset fauve de Bretagne Temperament
These dogs are very cheerful and loving dogs that are great with families and with children. They have very expressive faces for dogs which allow you to easily guess their mood by looking at their eyes. Their ears will also flip up/out whenever they feel nervous.
As previously mentioned, the Basset fauve de Bretagne is a scent dog and like other scent dogs they will follow a scent regardless of dangers ahead or commands from its owner. Because of this it is not recommended to leave these dogs off leash unless it's in an enclosed back yard or a fenced in area.
Basset fauve de Bretagne Health
The Basset fauve de Bretagne has a life expectancy of 10-13 years. There is little known about long term health issues this breed may have, however, Basset fauve de Bretagnes are expected to be a fairly healthy breed.
Grooming Requirements – You will need to regularly brush Basset fauve de Bretagnes once a week or more frequently if needed. They may also need their coat to be stripped two to three times per year.
Exercise Requirements – Basset fauve de Bretagnes enjoy running in fields and chasing scents (as is their instinct) but they do not require substantial or heavy exercise.
Living Requirements – Basset fauve de Bretagnes are at home in either apartments or houses in the country.
The following groups recognize the Basset fauve de Bretagne as a breed:
UKC - United Kennel Club
FCI - Federation Cynologique Internationale
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