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The Griffon fauve de Bretagne, faithful, cheerful and affectionate dog

The Griffon fauve de Bretagne is a French hound specialized in hunting foxes, hares, wild boars and deer. It is faithful, cheerful and affectionate, what to establish the joy of living in all homes.

Characteristics of the Griffon fauve de Bretagne

Medium-sized dog, the Griffon fauve de Bretagne measures between 48 and 56 cm and weighs between 18 and 20 kg. It is characterized by its muscular and bony body that helps it develop a strong endurance. The dog has a short, muscular neck, a flat head with a slight stop, a black or dark brown nose and strong jaws. It is recognizable by its medium-sized eyes, which are not too deep-set and give off an expression of vigor and mischief. Their dark brown color prevents the conjunctivitis from being seen. Concerning the ears, they end in a point and are set high. Starting on the eye line, they are also drooping and flattened. The Griffon fauve de Bretagne has a short coat that is not excessively smooth, but it should not be curly or woolly. The coat comes in several varieties: brown, golden, fawn or red.

History of the Griffon fauve de Bretagne breed

Coming from Brittany, the Griffon fauve de Bretagne is one of the oldest hound breeds in the country. Its existence is mentioned as early as the 14th century. It seems that Huet des Ventes would have raised a whole pack of them. The breed was first used to hunt game. From the 19th century, it was converted to wolf hunting. Over the years, this predator having become rare, the Griffon fawn of Brittany almost became extinct. It is only from the 40's that the breed was brought back to life by passionate breeders. It was even used to create the Basset fauve de Bretagne.

Living conditions and behavior of the Griffon fauve de Bretagne

The Griffon fauve de Bretagne has built its notoriety in hunting activities. Its ability to track wolves is a proof of its strength and power. It is an enduring, stubborn, courageous and very active animal, which hunts its prey in the most hostile environments. As a companion dog, it is appreciated above all for its affection, gentleness and joie de vivre. It can cohabit very well with children for whom it will become a formidable playmate. Be careful, however, because the Griffon fauve de Bretagne has a tendency to bark very loudly and to be a little bit stubborn. It needs an early education without brusqueness.

Diet and main health problems of the Griffon fauve de Bretagne

The advantage of hardy breeds like the Griffon fauve de Bretagne is that they are rarely prone to hereditary diseases. This dog is solid as a rock. Nevertheless, it is necessary to watch for hip dysplasia, eye diseases and ear infections.