Basset Fauve De Bretagne

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36-40 lbs
13-15"
France
Fawn Colored Brittany Basset

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small but stocky dog that is energetic. He is also known as the Fawn Colored Brittany Basset. He has a rough coat and is smart but can be stubborn. He makes an excellent companion dog and is eager to please his family. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne can easily adapt to different types of terrain and game when hunting. He does great with other dogs and children. Small pets such as ferrets and guinea pigs need to be watched and never left alone with the Basset Fauve de Bretagne. He can be a mischievous dog who loves to play games.

Purpose
hunting small prey
Date of Origin
1500s
Ancestry
hound

Basset Fauve De Bretagne Health

Average Size
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 36-40 lbs
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 36-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Kidney Problems
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Reproductive Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood Test
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Basset Fauve De Bretagne Breed History

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne comes from France and is categorized as a hound. His lineage can be traced back to the 1500s. Francois I had a pack of hounds which he hunted regularly. These dogs are thought to be Breton hounds that are said to be closely related to the Grand Basset Fauve de Bretagne. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne came down from the Grand Basset Fauve de Bretagne. The Grand Basset Fauve de Bretagne became extinct but their genetic makeup does continue through the Basset Fauve de Bretagne as well as the rough coated Griffons and Bassets. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne was introduced to the French court by Admiral d’Anneboulde in 1520. There was a Basset Fauve de Bretagne stud named Mirraud that was used extensively by royalty to cultivate the breed further. Until the French Revolution, only French aristocracy were allowed to have the Basset Fauve de Bretagne. In 1789, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne was allowed to be owned by anyone. Most peasants did not own horses so the breed began to evolve again into a shorter legged dog that no longer had to keep up with horses while hunting. He was able to travel over rough terrain with the hunters and search out game. In 2015 the American Kennel Club (AKC) allowed the Basset Fauve de Bretagne to begin being registered in the Foundation Stock Service. There are several Basset breeds that are recognized by the AKC and derived from the French word basset meaning low set. 

Basset Fauve De Bretagne Breed Appearance

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is one of the smallest hounds that hail from France. He has the typical basset body type with a long body and short legs. He has dark eyes and an inquisitive look. His nose can either be black or dark brown. He has ears that hang low but are not excessively long. When pulled forward, his ears should just touch the end of his nose. His tail is medium-long and should never be cropped or bobbed. He has a medium-long coat that is a rough, wire-coat. His coat is dense and harsh to the touch. He does have a slightly softer undercoat. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne comes in three different colors: fawn, red wheaten and wheaten. The fawn variety can be any shade of fawn. Wheaten is a golden color and the red wheaten is darker with red highlights and can even be a brick red color.

Basset Fauve De Bretagne Breed Maintenance

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has a harsh coat that is dense and generally easy to groom. His wire coat does not mat or tangle easily. He should be brushed once a week using a stiff bristle brush. Weekly brushing removes any dead or loose hairs and keeps the coat clean. He does shed, but it is minimal and will generally come out in the brush when he is groomed. Baths are required only when he gets into smelly situations and a mild shampoo should be used. He does require that his whole coat be trimmed every four months and then it needs to be stripped twice a year to prevent shedding. His nails should be trimmed when necessary, generally every 2-3 weeks. Trimming should be done around the ears and eyes to keep hairs from aggravating his ears and eyes. Check his ears once a week for dirt and clean them as needed.

Basset Fauve De Bretagne Temperament

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne was originally a small hunting dog used exclusively by the French royalty. He is a lively, devoted dog and loves his family. Since he is a hound, he can be very stubborn and will push his limits. He does require an owner who will properly train him and teach him that he is not the leader. He will try to take over as leader if his owner is meek or does not give him the right training. He should be a friendly dog to strangers and never exhibit signs of aggression or moodiness. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne can be difficult to housetrain and requires patience. It does take him a long time to figure out where his potty area is located. He loves his family and is devoted. He makes an excellent playmate for children but is a little unsure of toddlers unless he is raised with them.

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