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Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Basset Fauve de Bretagne




The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a smallish hound, built along the same lines as the Basset Hound, but lighter all through and longer in the leg.  Wire-coated, the coat is very harsh to the touch, dense, red-wheaten or fawn.  He measures 32 - 38cm in height and weighs between 36 - 40lbs.

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a neat looking hound, free from exaggeration and lively and friendly; as a scenthound, though, he has the usual failing of becoming absorbed with what he's scenting.  He is agile enough to trouble any rabbit he scents.  The Fauve de Bretagne was probably developed from crosses of the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and Brittany Bassets. The Griffon was used to guard flocks and hunt down predators, whilst the Brittany hunted in small packs of four hounds.  Where the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is still used for hunting it is either singly or in pairs.

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne became established as a distinct breed early in the 19thC and were introduced to the UK in 1983, and their cheerful disposition has earned them a good many friends.

Overall a very sound dog they do not appear to suffer from any particular hereditary defects.  However, like all hounds they are of an independent turn of mind, and early training in puppyhood will reap dividends later.   It is never realistic to expect a hound to be obedient, as they have their own agenda much of the time, but they should become fairly co-operative.

The coat is easy to care for; a regular brush will keep it smart, but, like a terrier he will need stripping two or three times a year.  This is not a difficult task though you may prefer to leave it to a grooming parlour.

A cheerful and equable breed, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is of a size to make a handy housedog, though he has a great taste for exercise and thoroughly enjoys getting out into the fields




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