Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are easy to feed, typically do not have food allergies and require a balanced good quality diet. They are often food motivated, useful for training, but can be problematic in the spayed or neutered dog if over fed.
The Basset Fauve de Betagne is almost a “wash and wear” dog with a coarse, wiry coat that repels dirt & doesn’t mat. Some dogs have more coat than others. Long hairs can be hand stripped. All require grooming weekly with a fine toothed comb, followed by a stiff brush. Shedding is seasonal. Nails should be trimmed regularly to avoid overgrowth and splitting. Teeth should be brushed and ears checked regularly.
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small (27-35 lbs & 12.5-15.5”) scent hound, bred originally to find rabbits. The nose goes to the ground and can overpower the brain if not trained early to listen. They are as happy romping in the field as they are curled up next to the family on the sofa. Because of this breed’s intelligence, mental stimulation is as important as physical exercise. Not nuisance barkers, you will, however, know if a rabbit runs through the yard, as they then give the hound “voice” and chase.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne &HEALTH
Like all breeds, there may be some health issues, however rare in the Basset Fauve de Bretagne. Most common in the US is POAG (glaucoma), but the genetic marker has been identified and work is being done to eliminate this in the breed. Other problems reported, though primarily in Europe, are PRA, epilepsy, cardiomyopathies, skin allergies and age related thyroid issues.
The vast majority of Fauves are very healthy and enjoy longevity, with many living to be 16 plus years old. Working with a responsible breeder can help those wishing to own a Fauve to gain the knowledge they need about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize health testing of their breeding dogs to reduce the likelihood of problems with their puppies.