Let's talk Basset Fauve de Bretagne Dogs

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne dates back to the 16th century and counts the Fawn Hound of Brittany, now sadly extinct, as an ancestor. This is a small to medium-sized dog, who won’t feel cooped up in an apartment. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne does have plenty of energy however, which he likes to burn off by running around outside. Indoors, they are a devoted companion who will protect their family at all costs while being equally content to curl up close to you.

Official name: Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Other names: Fawn Brittany Basset

Origins: France

Black and white portrait of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne
 Drooling tendencies  Very low Warm weather?  Very low
 Shedding level  Medium Suited to apartment living?   High
 Energy level * Moderate Family pet? * 
 Very high
 Compatibility with other pets  High Can stay alone? *  Medium

 * We advise against leaving pets alone for long stretches. Companionship can prevent emotional distress and destructive behaviour. Speak to your veterinarian for recommendations.

Every pet is different, even within a breed; this snapshot of this breed specifics should be taken as an indication.
For a happy healthy and well-behaved pet, we recommend educating and socializing your pet as well as covering their basic welfare needs (and their social and behavioral needs).
Pets should never be left unsupervised with a child.
Contact your breeder or veterinarian for further advice.
All domestic pets are sociable and prefer company.  However, they can be taught to cope with solitude from an early age.  Seek the advice of your veterinarian or trainer to help you do this.

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Illustration of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne
32 - 38 cm Height
12 - 16 kg Weight
32 - 38 cm Height
12 - 16 kg Weight


 Baby age  Birth to 2 months
 Puppy age  2 - 12 months
 Adult age  1 - 7 years
 Mature age  7-10 years
 Senior age  From 10 years

Basset Fauve de Bretagne stood, tail up, looking to the camera


Get to know the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

All you need to know about the breed

Those floppy ears are just the start to the adorable Basset Fauve de Bretagne. This is a breed that tends to shine in whatever they do. Whether that’s being an affectionate family dog or a courageous sporting hound, the Basset Fauve knows how to put his skills and personality to great use.

With origins that can be traced back to 16th century France, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne of today is completely devoted to its humans and a cheerful presence to have around. Highly adaptable, the breed gets on well with other furry animals, as well as children once trained - but none of these are a necessity to lead a full life. You will be more than enough for your Basset Fauve de Bretagne.

This is a dog initially bred for hunting, which means that the breed is fairly active and likes nothing better than being outside to explore. Daily exercise for your Basset Fauve de Bretagne should consist of one to two walks - always on a leash, because of their excellent nose - as well as play sessions with a ball or learning new tricks. Mental and physical stimulation, please.

The only trouble you may run into with the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is their strong-willed nature. However, consistent training should set everything straight. Other than that, this is a smart dog that likes humans - a lot. For the time being, they remain rare outside of France but are becoming more popular over time. Watch this space.

Two Basset Fauve de Bretagne puppies stood in field


2 facts about Basset Fauve de Bretagne Dogs

1. Un, deux, trois

The breed is one of three hound dogs to originate from Brittany. The Grand Fauve de Bretagne was the first and largest dog, which is now extinct. The second is the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, still alive and larger than the Basset Fauve de Bretagne. But those adorable droopy ears give away the ‘family’ resemblance.

2. Walk this way

Their hunting ancestry means that it is necessary to keep your Basset Fauve de Bretagne on a leash when out and about. Once they catch a scent, there is no stopping them. If you have a garden - make sure there is a fence for the exact same reason.


History of the breed

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne can be traced back to 16th century France. King Francis I would go out sporting with his pack of Grand Fauve de Bretagne dogs, the now-extinct canine ancestor of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne.

Only the rich were allowed to own hound dogs, until 1789 when the fallout of the French Revolution did away with such privileges. It is believed that the Basset Fauve de Bretagne has smaller physical characteristics than his ancestors because land-workers couldn’t afford to own horses - they required a shorter-legged hunting dog that they could better keep up with.

Like many canine breeds, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne faced extinction in the aftermath of World War II. But, there’s a plot twist. Thanks to the efforts of a determined French breeder called Mr. Marcel Paumbrun, the Basset Fauve survived, with some help from the Vendée Basset and the Dachshund.

Since the 1970s, the breed has been popular in its home country, as both a family dog and hunting hound. Outside of France, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is less well-known but its popularity appears to be on the rise, especially stateside.

Black and white portrait of a sitting Basset Fauve de Bretagne


From head to tail

Physical characteristics of Basset Fauve de Bretagne Dogs

1. Ears

Ears face inwards with a gently pointed tip.

2. Eyes

Dark brown eyes with an alert expression.

3. Body

Small, sturdy body with rounded ribs and a broad chest.

4. Coat

Coat is short, wiry to the touch, never curly.

5. Tail

Medium-length tail that tapers at the tip.

Close up of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne puppy


Things to look out for

From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Basset Fauve de Bretagne
Basset Fauve de Bretagne running through a field


Caring for your Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Grooming, training and exercise tips

A weekly brush will suffice when it comes to grooming your Basset Fauve de Bretagne. Their coarse coat is resistant to matting and does not really attract dirt. Teeth should be brushed on a daily basis, and the nails can be trimmed once or twice per month. Exercise-wise, the playful Basset Fauve de Bretagne requires at least an hour a day, ideally split into two outings. A play session or two will keep them extra content and in excellent shape. Training is usually a walk in the park, as Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs are intelligent. They enjoy learning new tricks, playing hide-and-seek, as well as agility and obedience exercises. As a Hound dog, they can pick up any scent so will benefit from training to control this skill. Like all dogs, early socialisation is also recommended for your Basset Fauve de Bretagne.


All about Basset Fauve de Bretagne Dogs

This is a generally sturdy breed with a healthy constitution, so the average lifespan of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne is between 12 to 15 years. This gives you plenty of time to make great memories as a family, and go on many adventures together. In between snuggles on the sofa.

For a few hours, your Basset Fauve de Bretagne will find non-destructive ways to stay busy. But they much prefer to have their humans around, so if left alone for extended periods of time, they will become unsettled, which could lead to stress relief exercises, such as slipper-eating.

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