Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a purebred dog from France. These pups are intelligent, friendly, and active, which are great qualities for a hound dog.

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne also goes by the name Fawn Brittany Basset. If you so happen to want to bring one of these cute and adorable pooches into your home and family, then make sure to check breed specific rescues or your local shelter. Remember, it’s always best to adopt, not shop!

These adorable pups make great apartment dogs due to their size, and they also make great companions for any household type, from singles to large families with children. They might, however, chase after smaller animals or cats in the household. If you want a friendly, intelligent dog who will keep you on your toes, be a great companion, and love you unconditionally, then the Basset Fauve de Bretagne might be the right pooch for you!

See below for all Basset Fauve de Bretagne facts and dog breed characteristics!

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Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well to Apartment Living
4
Good For Novice Owners
4
Sensitivity Level
3
Tolerates Being Alone
3
Tolerates Cold Weather
3
Tolerates Hot Weather
1

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate with Family
5
Incredibly Kid Friendly Dogs
4
Dog Friendly
4
Friendly Toward Strangers
3

Health Grooming

Amount Of Shedding
2
Drooling Potential
1
Easy To Groom
4
General Health
5
Potential For Weight Gain
1
Size
2

Trainability

Easy To Train
3
Intelligence
5
Potential For Mouthiness
3
Prey Drive
3
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
2
Wanderlust Potential
1

Exercise Needs

Energy Level
4
Intensity
2
Exercise Needs
4
Potential For Playfulness
3

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Hound Dogs
Height:
12 to 15 inches.
Weight:
25 to 35 pounds.
Life Span:
12 to 15 years.

More About This Breed

  • Highlights

    • The main colors of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne are fawn, wheaten, and red wheaten.
    • Their coats are wiry, dense, and harsh to the touch. These pups are not a good choice for those with allergies, and they are fairly high maintenance when it comes to grooming.
    • Basset Fauve de Bretagnes may be a little stubborn when it comes to training, but they respond well to gentle and consistent owners who know what they are doing.
    • These dogs are generally friendly with everyone but will let you know if a stranger approaches the door. They're not meant to be watchdogs, but they are tough and will protect their families no matter what.
    • The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has high energy, and it's unlikely they will be prone to weight gain unless they don't get adequate exercise. Because they are intelligent, mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise for them.
  • History

    The Basset Fauve de Bretagne was created in France from the remnants of the now extinct Grand Fauve de Bretagne, a much larger breed. Dogs of this newer breed were hunting dogs in early France.

    This dog breed was used by French commoners to help them hunt after the French revolution. Because they hunted on foot, they needed a slower dog who could track and hunt game but also move at a speed that would allow people to keep up with them.

    The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a great breed. If you want to bring home one of these special pups, consider adoption.

    Check your local shelters, look up Basset Fauve de Bretagne rescues in your area or check breed-specific hound rescues, as they sometimes take in these dog breeds and find forever homes for them.

  • Size

    The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small- to medium-sized breed. Most weight in between 25 to 35 pounds and range in height from twelve to 15 inches at the shoulder. That said, many can be smaller or larger.

  • Personality

    Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are great dogs for everyone. They pack a lot of energy in such a small and sturdy frame. These hound dogs love to be outdoors, as they were originally meant to be hunters along their human counterparts. They are also highly intelligent, and mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise for them.

    They may be a little stubborn when it comes to training, but they respond well to gentle and consistent owners who know what they are doing. They are generally friendly with everyone but will let you know if a stranger approaches the door. They're not meant to be watchdogs, but they are tough and will protect their families no matter what.

    These adorable pups are loyal and gentle. They're able to get along with everyone in the household but might chase after smaller pets.

  • Health

    Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs are generally healthy, and most are able to enjoy longevity. While most are healthy, some may be prone to a few health issues, which is why it is important to maintain good care and regular veterinary checkups.

    Some of the more common health problems Basset Fauve de Bretagnes suffer from include:

    • progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
    • epilepsy
    • cardiomyopathy
    • skin allergies
    • age-related thyroid issues
  • Care

    As with all dogs, you should keep up with your Basset Fauve de Bretagne's regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.

    The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has high energy, and it's unlikely they will be prone to weight gain unless they don't get adequate exercise. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half-hour- to hour-long walk per day with a few good, active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in.

    Check their ears for debris and pests daily and clean them as recommended by your vet. Trim your dog's nails before they get too long—usually once or twice per month. They should not be clicking against the floor. Your groomer can help with this.

    Your main concern when it comes to your Basset Fauve de Bretagne's care will be maintaining their oral health. You should brush their teeth daily, as small breeds are prone to dental issues. Your veterinarian can instruct you on how to brush your dog's teeth properly.

  • Feeding

    An ideal Basset Fauve de Bretagne diet should be formulated for a small breed with high energy. If they do not receive their daily exercise, like all dog breeds, they will gain weight if overfed, so you should stick to a regular feeding schedule and not leave food out during the day. Limit their number of treats, as well.

    As with all dogs, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne's dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Basset Fauve de Bretagne's diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs—including weight, energy, and health—to make a specific recommendation.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    Basset Fauve de Bretagne coats are almost a "wash-and-wear" type that is coarse and wiry. The main colors of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne are fawn, wheaten, and red wheaten.

    Their coats are wiry, dense, and harsh to the touch. These pups are not a good choice for those with allergies. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high maintenance dog.

    Because they tend to have dense coats, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne do well in some colder climates. Make sure to cut their hair if you live in a hotter environment.

  • Children And Other Pets

    The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small to medium sized dog breed, so they can easily be injured by overly excited children. Though they can get along with children of all ages, make sure kids know how to handle smaller dog breeds gently. For younger children who learn early how to properly approach and play with a small dog, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne can make a great, active companion.

    When it comes to other pets, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne can get along with other animals if they are introduced slowly and calmly, and early socialization will help this go smoothly. It's best if they get used to other pets early. That said, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne aren't naturally fond of each other animals and may prefer to be the solo pet in the household.

    Still, many Basset Fauve de Bretagne get along just fine with other dogs and cats, so it really comes down to training, socialization, and the luck of the draw.

  • Rescue Groups

    Because the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a somewhat rare breed, it may be difficult to find a breed-specific rescue. However, you can always check with your local shelter, and you may want to try a rescue that caters to all types of dogs. You can take a look at the following:

    You can also try DogTime's adoption page that lets you search for adoptable dogs by breed and zip code!