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  • Temperament: Smart, Cheerful, Determined
  • Height: 12.5-15.5 inches
  • Weight: 27-35 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12+ years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

FCI Standard
Basset Fauve de Bretagne standing on a beach.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne head facing left outdoors in sunlight.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne standing on a boulder in three-quarter view
Two Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs sitting side by side outdoors.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne standing outdoors facing left, head turned forward.

About the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne, also known as the Fawn Colored Brittany Basset, is a small, stocky, rough-coated hardy dog that is energetic and fast for its size. The Fauve gets along well with children and other pets. Training and socialization is a must or Fauves can get into mischief. Not nuisance barkers, you will, however, know if a rabbit runs through the yard, as they then give the hound “voice” and chase. This breed is as happy romping in the field as he is curled up next to the family on the sofa.

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Basset Fauve de Bretagne running along a beach.

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Care

NUTRITION

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne should do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

GROOMING

The Basset Fauve de Betagne is almost a “wash-and-wear” dog, with a coarse, wiry coat that repels dirt and resists matting. Some dogs have more coat than others. Longhaired dogs 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.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Weekly Brushing

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Seasonal

EXERCISE

Basset Fauves are energetic and love to play. Regular walks need to be on a leash as they can run off and follow their nose at a moment’s notice. Areas for exercise and play, such as a backyard, should be fenced for the same reasons. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Regular Exercise

TRAINING

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small scent hound, bred originally to find rabbits. The nose goes to the ground and can overpower the brain if the dog is not trained from an early age to tune into his human. Because of this breed’s intelligence, mental stimulation is as important as physical exercise.

Trainability

May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
May be Stubborn

Temperament/Demeanor

Aloof/Wary
Outgoing
Outgoing

HEALTH

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a relatively healthy dog, and responsible breeders screen their stock for health concerns such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), epilepsy, cardiomyopathies, skin allergies and age-related thyroid issues. A gene test for primary open angle glaucoma is now available, meaning breeders are able to identify carriers and avoid producing this eye anomaly.

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 genetic testing of their breeding dogs to reduce the likelihood of problems with their puppies.

Two Basset Fauve de Bretagne standing outdoors side by side, one licking the muzzle of the other.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne lying on the floor indoors.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne sitting
Basset Fauve de Bretagne walking along the beach.

History

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is truly an old French hound, tracing back to the 1500s when Francois I had a pack of Breton hounds he hunted regularly. These dogs were Grand Fauve de Bretagnes, which sadly became extinct, but their DNA continues to run in the lines of the modern rough-coated Griffons and Bassets such as the Basset Fauve. The Grand Fauve de Bretagnes (Fawn Hound of Brittany) were larger (27.5-29.5 inches) and were introduced to the French court around 1520 by Admiral d’Anneboulde. In the pack owned by Francois I, there was a stud dog named Mirraud, who was used extensively by royalty.

Up until the French Revolution, only the aristocracy were allowed to keep hounds and hunt with them via horseback. In 1789, aristocratic privileges were abolished, allowing anyone to own and hunt a hound. Most peasants, however, did not own a horse, necessitating a shorter-legged, closer-ranging hunting companion. Thus, the Basset was developed. How the Basset breed was formed is a matter up for debate, but most likely smallest bred to smallest over an extended period of time.

By the 19th century, hound packs were made up exclusively of Bassets to hunt rabbits, hare, fox, roe deer and wild boar. Though it was rumored that both the Grands and Bassets nearly became extinct during WWII, it was confirmed by leading French Fauve Expert Mme. F Corbeau of the French Club du Fauve de Bretagne that the breed remained strong in popularity by French huntsmen.

The breed still remains a popular, versatile hunting hound and family dog in France, is gaining popularity in the United States and has breed clubs in numerous countries.

Did You Know?

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has been assigned the Hound Group designation.
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since February 2015.
The basset breeds were developed by creating shorter-legged dogs from similar larger ones. There are several basset breeds.
There are three hounds originating from the Brittany region of France: The Grand Fauve de Bretagne (extinct), the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, and the Basset Fauve de Bretagne.
In French, "bas" means "low," so the word basset means "low set."

The Breed Standard

GENERAL APPEARANCE

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small, stocky hound, lively, rapid for its size. It benefits from enormous energy coupled with excellent hardiness.

HEAD

Skull: rather long with marked occipital protuberance. Seen from the front, the cranium has the form of a flattened arch and diminishes in width from the rear to the superciliary arches, which are not very prominent. Stop: A little more marked than with the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne. Nose: Black or dark brown; well-open nostrils. Muzzle: Slightly tapering rather than being perfectly rectangular. Lips: Covering well the lower jaw but without excess. Moustaches only slightly furnished. Jaws/Teeth: The jaws and teeth are strong, meeting in a perfect and even scissors bite. The upper incisors cover the lower in close contact. The incisors are set square to the jaws. Absence of first premolars is not penalized. Eyes: Neither bulging nor set too deeply in the orbits, dark brown in colour. The conjunctiva is not apparent. The expression is lively. Ears: Finely attached, in line with the eye, just reaching the end of the nose when drawn forward, ending in a point, turned inwards and covered by finer and shorter hair than on the rest of the body.

BODY

Neck: Rather short and well muscled. Back: Short for a basset and broad. Never swaybacked. Loin: Broad and muscular. Chest: Deep and broad. Ribs: Rather rounded. Abdomen: The underline rises only slightly towards the rear. Tail: Carried slightly sickle-fashion, of medium length, large at the base, often bristly and well-tapered at the end. In action, the tail is carried above the top line and makes regular movements from side to side.

FOREQUARTERS

The limbs have good bone. Shoulder: Oblique and well set on the thorax. Elbow: In the line with the body. Forearm: Vertical or curving slightly in (which is not to be sought after). Metacarpus (Pastern): Seen in profile, somewhat oblique. Seen from the front, in the axis of the body or slanting slightly out (which is not to be sought after).

HINDQUARTERS

Well muscled. The limbs are well poised. Seen from behind, the rear limbs are parallel, neither close nor wide. Thigh: Long and well muscled. Hock: Well let down and moderately bent. Metatarsus (rear pastern): Vertical. Feet: Compact with the toes tight together, arched and with solid nails. The pads are hard.

COAT

Hair: Coat very rough, harsh, rather short, never woolly or curly. The face shouldn’t be too bushy. Color: Fawn colored, from golden wheaten to red brick in hue. A few black hairs dispersed on the back and ears are tolerated. Occasionally the presence of a small white star on the chest, something not sought after.

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Basset Fauve de Bretagne illustration.

Colors & Markings

Colors

Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Fawn Check Mark For Standard Color 082
Red Wheaten Check Mark For Standard Color 156
Wheaten Check Mark For Standard Color 224
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