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Basset Fauve De Bretagne

basset fauve de bretagne

This medium-sized, rough-coated dog is a typical basset shape, though not as low to the ground as the Basset Hound, standing at 32-38cm when fully grown. He weighs about 16-18kg as an adult. The coat comes in fawn, gold-wheaten or red-wheaten. Some may have a little white on the chest.

basset fauve de bretagne
  • Category size: Medium
  • Grooming requirements: Once a week
basset fauve de bretagne
  • Shedding: Little
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Not too noisy
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Hound
basset fauve de bretagne
  • Alone: Less than 1 hour
  • Other pets: Low
  • Stability as a guard: Medium


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne dog breed is the smaller of the two hounds that come from the Brittany area of France in the 1800s. They were achieved by crossing the larger version, the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, and Brittany Bassets and were originally used for hunting everything from rabbit to wild boar. The earlier versions of the breed probably looked more like the terriers than they do today. In addition to their homeland, these dogs are now becoming popular in Britain where they have been registered with the Kennel Club since 1991.


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.


This is a hardy breed with no specific breed related problems reported to date.


For their size, Basset Fauve de Bretagnes need a reasonable amount of exercise – about two hours a day or more. These nimble dogs love to play and have a passion for hunting, so care must be taken when they are off the lead and they must be trained to recall as puppies or they will turn a 'deaf ear' on you and come back when it suits them!


Your dog's diet needs to have the right balance of all the main nutrient groups including a constant supply of fresh water. It's also important to conduct regular body condition scores to ensure you keep your dog in ideal shape and remember to feed him at least twice daily and in accordance with the feeding guidelines of his particular food.


Easy to maintain, Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs just need their harsh, dense coats combed through once a week, and plucked twice a year. Whilst their coats should never be trimmed, the excess hair around their ear passages should be removed.