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The Basset Fauve de Bretagne, a dog with a rustic look

A rustic look, sociability and kindness to spare, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a great hunting enthusiast who is also a sensation as a pet. It is an active dog that needs masters capable of following its rhythm.

Characteristics of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Small in size, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne measures between 32 and 38 cm at the withers and weighs between 15 and 20 kg. It is a stocky rustic dog, with a stocky look, but very muscular. This animal has an elongated skull with an accentuated occipital protuberance. The stop is slightly marked and the nose is dark brown or black. One will also notice not very dense whiskers and a tapered muzzle. Its brown eyes are very expressive and full of liveliness. And what to say about the ears which reveal a finer and shorter down compared to the rest of the body and which are positioned in point. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has a short, hard and dry coat. The coat has a fawn or red color. The standard accepts the presence of black hairs on the ears and back and a white patch on the chest reminiscent of the shape of a star.

History of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has for ancestor the "Grand Fauve de Bretagne" which is now known as the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne. Of Armorican origin thus, this race knew an important notoriety in the XIXth century. It is a dog specialized in particular in hunting rabbits. Its success made that in 1949, a breed club was even created in its honor. In France, he was highly prized for his hunting skills. Moreover, he won many French Cups on rabbits. Because of this strong capacity, many hunters call upon his services. His official recognition by the International Canine Federation (FCI) was made in 1963.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

First thing to remember: the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a fervent hunting enthusiast. Life in the countryside suits him perfectly. Thanks to its thick hairs and its rusticity, it can evolve in all grounds even the most muddy or bramble. He loves to frolic in the open air. However, it can adapt to city life and live in an apartment, but it is preferable to get it used to this environment from a young age. In terms of character, it is an animal full of dynamism, but which knows how to remain calm when necessary. It is balanced and sociable and never aggressive. The understanding with the children is perfect.

Diet and main health problems of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a healthy animal that adapts to heat and cold. It rarely gets sick. However, it can fall victim to herniated discs because of its elongated back. To stay in shape, he needs regular physical exercise and especially a diet adapted to his age, his physical activities, his lifestyle, his weight and his health.