Basset Fauve de Bretagne

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Is the Basset Fauve de Bretagne right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Tawny Brittany Basset; Brittany Basset

The basics:
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small hound developed in Brittany, France for hunting game, especially rabbits. Starting in the 1970s, when French hunters began to introduce new lines, the breed began to rise in popularity. Its fine nose recommends it to the hunters, but the loyal and playful hound personality is now allowing it to slowly gain attention as a companion animal as well.

The first Basset Fauve was imported into the USA in November 2001, and the breed is now recorded with the AKC's Foundation Stock Service, a first step on the path to recognition in the US.

Appearance / health:
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is typical "Basset" in appearance, with a long body and short legs. The head is of medium length with a well-defined occiput (back of the skull). The eyes are usually dark hazel, and the ears are set on level with the eyes ending in a point and covered with finer, darker, and softer hair than that on the body. The jaws are strong with a complete scissor bite. The neck is rather short and muscular, adjoining slightly sloping shoulders. The chest is wide and deep with a level topline. The forelegs can be straight or slightly crooked and strongly boned; the hind legs are strong. The feet are tight with firm, hard pads. The tail is set on high and carried like a sickle while moving.

Easy to groom, these dogs need their coats to be combed through regularly, and plucked twice a year. Whilst their coats are never trimmed, the excess hair around their ear passages may need to be removed. They are bathed only when necessary.

Exercising for 60 to 80 minutes daily is sufficient for the Basset Fauve de Bretagne. Puppies under six months of age may be given walks on a lead, but too much of running is not recommended. Similarly, allowing the puppy to run up and down stairs, or jump on and off furniture is not recommended. For the first few months, two five-minute walks are sufficient. Between six to nine months, walking time may be gently increased. At about nine months, a Fauve should be ready to walk all day.

No known hereditary disorders specific to this breed have been recorded. Its body structure may make the Basset Fauve de Bretagne prone to arthritis and bloating.

Behavior / temperament:
Brittany Bassets are active little dogs. They are unhappy if kept confined for too long and love to lead busy, full lives and be involved with all family activities.

They need to be socialized early.

It may make hunting calls while playing.


hunting rabbits, affectionate family companion


scent, fenced area, small stature

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