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Basset Fauve de Bretagne

This medium-sized, rough-coated scent hound is a typical basset shape, though not as low to the ground as the Basset Hound.  

10–12 years
16 – 18kg
32 – 38cm
The coat comes in fawn, gold-wheaten or red-wheaten. Some may have a little white on the chest.
Kennel Club group
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Basset Fauve have long backs and short legs and, like other breeds with this body shape, are likely to sufffer from spinal disorders and joint problems as a result of this;
- Intervertebral disc disease: a condition where there is abnormality in the discs which act to cushion the bones in the spine. The discs can dislodge or burst, which puts pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord leading to back pain and weakness or paralysis of the limbs.
- Angular limb deformities: caused by asynchronous growth of a pair of bones, which appear bowed or rotated and may result in pain and lameness.

This breed can also be prone: 
- Ear infections due to their flappy ears 
- Glaucoma¹ which is a painful condition where the pressure in the eye builds up. 

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹J. A. C. Oliver et al, 'Two Independent Mutations in ADAMTS17 Are Associated with Primary Open Angle Glaucoma in the Basset Hound and Basset Fauve de Bretagne Breeds of Dog' Oct 2015, PLOS One


These are cheerful little dogs, intelligent, friendly, brave and very active. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed gets along well with children and other household pets. Not really guard dogs, they will however announce strangers at the door. They are unhappy if kept confined for too long and love to have busy, full lives and to be involved with all family matters. Like all scent hounds - and Bassett’s in particular, they adore long steady walks where they have the chance to explore the undergrowth and investigate all the smells of the countryside. 

Did you know?

  • Originally hunting with hounds was very much the preserve of wealthy landowners or nobles, as it required owners to follow their dogs on horseback in order to keep up. Bassett breeds, with their short legs, became extremely popular during the French revolution as the ‘poor man’s hound’ so that horses wouldn’t be needed and anyone, no matter what their status, could follow hounds on foot. 

  • The lineage of the Basset Fauve De Bretagne can be traced all the way back to the 1500s. 

  • Up until the French Revolution, only the French aristocracy were allowed to own Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s.