Basset Fauve de Bretagne

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Originally a hunter, the Fauve de Bretagne Basset has also become a very good companion dog. He is playful, calm, but also lively and reckless. He needs to give and receive a lot of affection. He likes wide open spaces, running and exercising. It is therefore mainly suitable for families with or without children, or for young singles. Seniors may find it difficult to meet his expectations.



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Hair type Short
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 14 kg to 15 kg From 32 cm to 38 cm
Male From 14 kg to 15 kg From 32 cm to 38 cm
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History of the breed

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a very old breed dog, whose presence is attested at least from the 16th century . Descendant of the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, he was on the verge of extinction at the end of World War II, but a passionate breeder, Mr. Marcel Paumbrun, helped to save the breed, incorporating contributions from the Basset Vendéen and the Wire-haired dachshund.

Common and popular in Brittany in the 19th century , the Basset Fauve de Bretagne became known throughout France from the 1970s. The breed has several French cuts on rabbits to its credit. It is hardly represented outside of France. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on October 30, 1963.

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Physical features

His hair: quite short, dry, very hard in texture, not woolly or curly.
Its color: tawny, ranging from golden wheat to brick red. A small white star on the chest and some black hairs scattered on the back and ears may be admitted.
His head: elongated skull, with a marked occipital protuberance. Hitchhiking is more pronounced than with the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, from which it comes. The nose is black or dark brown in color, the nostrils are wide open, the muzzle tapering and the whiskers sparse.
Its ears: finished in a point, oriented inwards, covered with a shorter and finer hair.
His eyes: dark brown, never prominent, nor too deep in the sockets, displaying a look full of liveliness.
His body: collected, rather low on legs. The neck is short and muscular, the back short and wide, the loins well muscled, the chest high and broad, the sides rather rounded, the line of the underside slightly raised towards the rear.
Its tail: moderately long, thick at its attachment, tapering towards the tip, carried in a sickle at rest, above the back line when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Basset fauve de Bretagne is primarily intended for hunters. At home, he is also a pleasant companion for the whole family . Very attached to its master, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is the perfect companion for families with or without children. He is playful , very docile and above all sociable . He will not hesitate to have fun with the youngest as well as with his master, to whom he is totally devoted . He is balanced and calm . It is never aggressive and will not pose any difficulty in the presence of congeners or strangers. He is also jovial and very outspoken . It adapts very easily to its environment.

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The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a very easy to educate dog. His hunter side nevertheless gives him a rather harsh character , which should be softened from an early age. He is docile and intelligent , which makes his education rather simple, provided he knows how to handle firmness and gentleness. He will have to learn to obey , whether in a garden or under real hunting conditions.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne seems to be totally incompatible with living in an apartment . He needs spaces to run , to exercise and therefore to be happy . It will thrive in the countryside or in a house with a large garden. He should be taken out regularly to clear the mind and keep busy. Its well-being and development depend on it.


Ease of gaining weight

The Basset fauve de Bretagne has the most solid health . He has no known hereditary pathology , and does not seem to be predisposed to any disease. In addition, it is very resistant to the most difficult conditions , namely heat and cold.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a very easy dog to maintain. It does not require great efforts at this level, apart from regular brushing to preserve the cleanliness and beauty of its hard coat.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week , more during the moulting period. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne does not need to be washed or groomed frequently.

Price and budget

Purchase price

400 €
700 €

The purchase price of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne is between € 400 and € 700.

Annual maintenance cost

1050 €
€ 1,100

The annual maintenance cost of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne is between € 1,050 and € 1,100.

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The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is not demanding when it comes to food. It is rustic and is satisfied with industrial food made from high quality kibble or canned food. Occasionally, a little meat may be given to him. In any case, his diet must meet all his needs.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

If the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a hunting dog that needs regular exercise, its exercise demand is not important. He is satisfied with good daily walks , ideally accompanied by a few games.


Classifications & Standards
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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