Basset Fauve de Bretagne dog breed was developed in France as a hunting dog from the larger Grand Fauve de Bretagne, a dog breed that is now extinct. There was a rumour that the Basset Fauve de Bretagne was also close to extinction after the Second World War, and the Basset Fauve de Bretagne dog breed was recreated using the remaining examples of the breed and crossing in Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen and standard wirehaired Dachshunds.
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. 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. Most Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s can be understood because their eyes are very clear and their ears turn out when they are nervous or unsure.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small hound, built along the same lines as the Basset Hound, but lighter all through and longer in the leg. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne with an ideal height of 32-38 cm, a short wiry coat and red wheaten in colour is easily distinguished from the other French Basset breeds. Easily capable of clearing fallen trees in his pursuit of quarry (rabbit to wild boar), this remarkable hound is by nature friendly and outgoing. Notable features to the head are the slightly aquiline, medium-length foreface and ears at the same level as the eye. The ears have a distinctive pleat from the root ending in a point, are covered with finer smooth hair, and are of a darker colour than the coat. The body has a wide, broad chest and slightly barrelled ribs. The top line should be level and when on the move the tail is carried slightly sickle-like. Front legs should be straight although a slight crook is permitted. The hindquarters are strong – typical of a working hound.