Basset Fauve de Bretagne Information & Dog Breed Facts

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Origin France flag France
Other Names
What other names does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne have?
Fawn Brittany Basset
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Basset Fauve de Bretagne, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Basset Fauve de Bretagne for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Basset Fauve de Bretagne gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Basset Fauve de Bretagne?
Average: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne weigh? Basset Fauve de Bretagne weight:
25-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne? Basset Fauve de Bretagne average weight:
30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Basset Fauve de Bretagne? Basset Fauve de Bretagne height:
13-15 inches (32-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Basset Fauve de Bretagne average height:
14 inches (35 cm)

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense Wiry
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Basset Fauve de Bretagne's coat?
Wheaten Fawn White Black
Grooming
How to groom the Basset Fauve de Bretagne and how often?
Easy to groom: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Fawn Brittany Basset?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Basset Fauve de Bretagne every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Adaptable Companionable Sociable Affectionate Courageous Stubborn
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Basset Fauve de Bretagne? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Basset Fauve de Bretagne sensitivity:
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Fawn Brittany Basset need? Basset Fauve de Bretagne social needs:
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Fawn Brittany Basset bark?
Low to Average: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Basset Fauve de Bretagne good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Basset Fauve de Bretagne bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Fawn Brittany Basset? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Basset Fauve de Bretagne? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Basset Fauve de Bretagne bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne do?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Basset Fauve de Bretagnes need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Basset Fauve de Bretagne to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Basset Fauve de Bretagne roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Basset Fauve de Bretagne have high prey drive?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Basset Fauve de Bretagne good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Basset Fauve de Bretagne temperament with other people:
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs get along with other pets? Are Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Basset Fauve de Bretagne temperament with children:
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Basset Fauve de Bretagne good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Basset Fauve de Bretagnes good office dogs? Do Basset Fauve de Bretagnes make good office friendly dogs? Can Basset Fauve de Bretagnes be office dogs?
Yes
Basset Fauve de Bretagne is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Fawn Brittany Basset temperament with senior people? Are Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs good for elderly owners?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are usually recommended for elderly people.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed? Most common health risks of Basset Fauve de Bretagne:
Cancer Cataracts Corneal Ulcers Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Disease Kidney Issues
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Basset Fauve de Bretagne see the vet?
Frequent
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Basset Fauve de Bretagne be? What is the age limit of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne? How many years can the oldest Basset Fauve de Bretagne live?
11-13 years
The average lifespan of Basset Fauve de Bretagne: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed hypoallergenic?
No
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne have? What is the activity level of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs require per day?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Basset Fauve de Bretagnes sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Basset Fauve de Bretagne risk for obesity:
Average: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Basset Fauve de Bretagne's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Basset Fauve de Bretagne drool?
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Basset Fauve de Bretagne be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Basset Fauve de Bretagne is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Basset Fauve de Bretagne be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Basset Fauve de Bretagne be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Basset Fauve de Bretagne is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Basset Fauve de Bretagne be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Basset Fauve de Bretagne is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Basset Fauve de Bretagne be a search and rescue dog?

Yes

This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Basset Fauve de Bretagne be a boat dog?

Not really

Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Basset Fauve de Bretagne be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Basset Fauve de Bretagne is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Basset Fauve de Bretagne: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Basset Fauve de Bretagne have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Recognition

AKC Group
Is Basset Fauve de Bretagne recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Basset Fauve de Bretagne recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Basset Fauve de Bretagne breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Child Friendly: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Basset Fauve de Bretagne is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Basset Fauve de Bretagnes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne History

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a dog breed indigenous to France and is also known as the Fawan Coloured Brittany Basset. The breed can trace its ancestry back to France as early as the 16th century. The breed’s history started when Francois I. had a pack of Breton hounds which he was hunting alongside, on a regular basis.

Francois’s dogs were believed to be Grand Fauve de Bretagnes, which are now extinct, however, their DNA has continued in the lineages of the modern rough-coated Griffons and Bassets, including in the Basset Fauve de Bretagne. The Grand Fauve de Bretagnes were much larger in physique, and the breed was introduced by Admiral d’Anneboulde to the French court in the 1520s. One of these dogs, named Mirraud, extensively used by the royalty, got into the pack of Francois I. Until the French Revolution, the aristocracy enjoyed exclusively the privilege of keeping hounds and hunt with them via horseback. However, as a result of the Revolution, after 1789, these aristocratic privileges were abolished, allowing anyone to hunt and to keep hound breeds. Most of the peasants did not own a horse, thus they necessitated a short-legged hunting companion, that they could keep up the pace with on feet, so the Basset was created. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s breeding process is rather unclear, but it is believed that through selective breeding, the smaller specimens of the purebred Grand Fauve de Bretagnes were crossed with each other, in order to develop a short-legged, smaller, yet purebred Fauve de Bretagnes, with their unique behavioral and physical characteristics. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne derives their name after their small appearance, because the word ‘bas’ in French translates to ‘low’, thus the basset means low set. The breed inherited their ancestors’ heightened sense of smell, stoicism, and stamina, which made them ideal partners in pursuing smaller game including hare, rabbits, foxes, roe deer, and occasionally even wild boar on the rugged terrain.

Despite the fact that the Basset Fauve de Bretagne became extremely popular in France, in all classes of society, in the early 20th century, the breed’s population numbers decreased drastically by the end of the Second World War. There have been many rumors indicating that the breed went completely extinct. Their numbers also declined for the reason that some started to cross-breed them with other breeds like the Basset Griffon Vendéen and the Wirehaired Dachshund. These outcrosses and unregulated breeding processes were continuous until the 1970s. Thus, it was hard for the breeders to revive the population numbers and to regain the Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s original form.

Fortunately, over time, by the end of the 20th century, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne became the second most popular dog breed. The first Basset Fauve de Bretagne specimens were imported to the United Kingdom in the early 1980s, and the UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized the breed in 1991. The breed slowly, yet steadily increased its popularity in the UK as well since then. The AKC (American Kennel Club) accepted the breed in 2015, into their Foundation Stock Service, moving towards full recognition. Nowadays, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is mostly kept as an active, friendly, and outgoing family companion in Europe and in the United States of America, yet in France, a few huntsmen are still using the breed for their original purpose, to hunt for small game.

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