There’s a lot to love about the Basset Fauve de Bretagne—a smart and joyful breed. These small dogs are full of energy and, with proper training, make wonderful companions. Like most hunting dogs, Basset Fauve de Bretagnes will let you know when something’s worth chasing by sounding their hound alarm and taking chase.
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a descendent of the now-extinct Grand Fauve de Bretagnes from 1500s France. Before the French Revolution, only aristocrats owned the original line of Bretagnes. But by the late 1700s, the aristocracy had broken up, and the breed grew popular with more people.
As the dog transitioned from trotting alongside horses with aristocrats to providing companionship to hunters and aid to peasants, the Basset breed slowly developed a smaller stature with shorter legs.
Throughout the 19th century, these Bassets gained glory for their ability to hunt a wide range of game—including rabbits, fox, deer, and boar. Today, the breed continues to gain popularity, particularly in France, where Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are still considered excellent hunting dogs.
There is no mistaking the Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s floppy drop ears and slightly tapered muzzle with furnishings. Bristly like their coat, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s tail has a sickle-like curve and tapers to a point.
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s coat is short and wiry with a fawn coloring.
The small and stocky Basset Fauve de Bretagne has a strong jawline with lively, dark brown eyes. Their backs tend to be rather short and broad for a Basset breed.
Whether they are hunting or providing companionship, Basset Fauve de Bretagnes excel at whatever they do. They are known to be sociable, as well as affectionate and amenable. Though they enjoy keeping their people company, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne really shines at hunting—using their courageousness and intelligence to outsmart and outrun any prey.
Many of this breed’s excellent hunting traits, such as their endurance, hard-working ethic, and intelligence, make them good pets, as well. With the appropriate amount of exercise, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne can be an agile, lively, and affectionate addition to any household. And early socialization and training can help them be friendly toward strangers and other animals.
As an active and energetic breed, Basset Fauve de Bretagnes need a high-quality dog food that’s suited to their particular age (as well as any additional health concerns).
To prevent weight problems, it’s important to monitor the amount of food and treats that you give your Basset Fauve de Bretagne. Your veterinarian is always a good resource when it comes to determining appropriate nutrition and feeding guidelines.
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s coarse coat does two things every pet owner hopes for: it resists matting, and it repels dirt. As a result, this breed’s coat is very easy to care for. To keep your pup’s coat healthy and shiny, groom them weekly. Use a fine-toothed comb first to remove loose hair and then a stiff brush for smoothing.
All dogs require regular dental care, including at-home teeth brushing and professional dental cleanings, and the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is no exception. Maintaining good dental hygiene is important for their overall long-term health.
Because Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are energetic dogs that were bred to hunt, they require regular, moderate exercise to stay stimulated and healthy. They love hanging with their people, so walks and hikes will help keep them happy. (Just remember to always keep them leashed.)
This smart breed also does well with focused training for sports like agility and obedience.
Though Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are quite smart, sometimes their instinct to hunt can overpower their eagerness to please. So, it’s important to train your pup to control their impulses early. A little patience and dedication can make a big difference when it comes to keeping this breed on course, as they can be stubborn at times.
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) is a disorder that results in an increase in eye pressure, leading to damage to the optic nerve and retina, and blindness if left untreated.
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Reviewed July 26, 2020 by Laura Inman, DVM