Basset fauve de Bretagne

Basset fauve de Bretagne Breed description: Character & Co


Origin and history

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne, a hunting dog from France full of character, has a fascinating origin and history.

  • Origin: This breed originally comes from Brittany in France. It belongs to the Basset hound family and was developed specifically for hunting.
  • Development: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne evolved from the larger Grand Fauve de Bretagne, which no longer exists today. Over time, it was bred and adapted for smaller hunting tasks.
  • Historical significance: Traditionally, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne was used for hunting rabbits and other small game. Its ability to hunt in dense undergrowth made it very popular with hunters.

Suitability and use

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a versatile dog that is suitable both as a hunting dog and as a family companion.

  • Hunting abilities: With its strong sense of smell and stamina, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is excellent for tracking and hunting in various types of terrain.
  • Family dog: In addition to its role as a hunting dog, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is also known for its friendly and sociable nature, which makes it an excellent family dog.
  • Adaptability: This breed adapts well to life in the city or in the countryside. It is a pleasant companion in active households and can also cope well in quieter lifestyles.


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a versatile and robust dog breed, ideal for hunting activities and as a loving family companion. Its adaptability to different living conditions and its friendly nature make it a valuable member of any household. When acquiring a Basset Fauve de Bretagne, its need for regular exercise and mental challenge should be taken into account to ensure its health and well-being.

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Basset Fauve de Bretagne dog runs directly towards the camera in the forest Basset Fauve de Bretagne dog runs in the forest with raised paw directly towards the camera Basset Fauve de Bretagne standing by a tree stump and looking directly into the camera in the forest with a happy face Basset Fauve de Bretagne stands upright on a tree stump and looks happily into the camera in the forest
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Origin France
Life expectancy 13 - 16 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Scent hounds
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character traits of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

  • Friendly and outgoing temperament: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is known for its friendly nature. It approaches people and other animals openly, which makes it an ideal family dog.
  • Passionate hunter: As a hunting dog, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne has a strong hunting instinct. He is passionate about his work and shows great talent in tracking.
  • Intelligent and adaptable: This breed is intelligent and can adapt well to different situations. It responds well to training, whereby patience and consistency are important.

Character and social behavior

  • Loyalty and attachment: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne develops a strong bond with its owners and shows great loyalty to its family.
  • Gentle and patient: He is known for his gentleness and patience, especially with children.
  • Independence: Despite its sociability, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne can also enjoy periods of independence and solitude.


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a versatile, friendly and loyal dog, ideal for families and as a faithful companion. Its even-tempered nature and adaptability make it a valued member of any household. However, it is important to consider his needs for regular exercise and mental stimulation to ensure a happy and healthy life.


Grooming the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne, a robust and charming hunting dog, requires an attentive grooming routine.

  • Grooming: The coat of this breed is short, coarse and dense. Regular brushing, ideally once or twice a week, is necessary to keep the coat clean and well-groomed. Despite its shortness, it can become matted, especially around the ears.
  • Bathing: Frequent bathing is not necessary. A bath every few months or when needed with a mild dog shampoo is sufficient to keep the coat clean and healthy.
  • Ear and claw care: The ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection and kept clean. Claws should be trimmed when necessary to ensure healthy paws.

Health aspects

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a generally healthy breed, but there are some health aspects that should be considered.

  • Regular veterinary check-ups: Regular visits to the vet will help to monitor the dog's health and react early to any potential problems.
  • Balanced diet and exercise: A balanced diet and regular exercise are important to prevent obesity and promote overall health.

Breeding and selection

Care should be taken when purchasing a Basset Fauve de Bretagne.

  • Responsible breeders: Choose a reputable breeder who provides transparent information about the health and pedigree of the puppies.
  • Health tests: Find out whether the breeder carries out necessary health tests to rule out hereditary diseases.
  • Puppy selection: Pay attention to the temperament and health of the puppy as well as the behavior of the parents.


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is an easy-care, healthy and characterful dog, ideal for active families and as a loyal companion. Conscious breeding and careful selection are crucial to ensure a healthy and happy life for this special breed.

Close-up of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne, 1 year old, against a white background

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne, a characterful and lively hunting dog, is characterized by its distinctive coat.

  • Coat type: The coat of this breed is short, coarse and dense. It offers good protection in different weather conditions and terrains.
  • Coloring: Typical for the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a bright, golden-yellow to reddish-brown coat. This striking color gives the breed its unmistakable appearance.

Visual characteristics

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne impresses with its unique appearance and compact build.

  • Build: Despite its relatively short legs, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne has a strong and robust body that emphasizes its strength and stamina.
  • Head shape: The head is long with distinctive facial features, including a clear muzzle and large, dark eyes.

Size and weight

The physical dimensions of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne are decisive for its hunting abilities and agility.

  • Height: The average shoulder height of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is between 32 cm and 38 cm, making it a medium-sized dog.
  • Weight: The average weight ranges between 15 kg and 17 kg, although it can vary depending on gender and individual constitution.


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a medium-sized hunting dog with a characteristic, low-maintenance coat and a striking color. Its size and weight make it an ideal companion for hunting trips and a loving member of the family. When caring for the Basset Fauve de Bretagne, attention should be paid to regular brushing and a balanced diet to promote its health and well-being.

Fur length short
Fur rough-haired
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 32 - 38 cm
Weight ♀ 14 - 18 kg
Size ♂ 32 - 38 cm
Weight ♂ 14 - 18 kg
Suitable For Beginner, Children, Seniors

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