Basset Fauve De Bretagne - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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Basset Fauve De Bretagne

General Information - Basset Fauve De Bretagne



11-14 years




Watchdog Ability:

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:

Date of Origin:

Other Names:
Fawn Brittany Basset, BFB

Original Function:
Small game hunter


The breed was developed in France as a hunting dog by crossing the larger Grand Fauve de Bretagne, a breed that is now extinct and low legged hounds from the Vendee. The earlier versions of the breed probably looked more like terriers than what we know today. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne was close to extinction after the second world war, but the breed was recreated using the remaining examples of the breed and crossing in Petite Bassets Griffons Vendeen and standard wirehaired Dachshunds. This hound is used for hunting small wild game, but today more so as a family pet. They are still kept in packs in France for hunting rabbits and the French Basset Fauve de Bretagne Club motto is: "Chasse d'abord" - Hunting First.


This breed cheerful with something of a mind of its own. It is intelligent, friendly, brave, and active with a good scenting nose. They get along well with children and other dogs and animals. In common with most other dogs, it needs to be introduced when young to cats and other household pets. This is a hunting breed and pet rabbits should be supervised while in the vicinity of this hound. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a hound through and through which means it will need to be taught to come when called as its nose will often lead it astray.


This breed is well-suited to family life, and a good walk on a leash or a vigorous romp in the yard will meet its exercise requirements. It can sleep outdoors in temperate climates, given adequate shelter, but it is happiest when dividing its time between house and yard. The coat needs weekly combing and brushing and the occasional tidying of straggling hairs. They moult twice a year and the old coat should be removed with a daily combing by a steel comb.

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