Basset Fauve de Bretagne: Dog Breed Profile

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Originally a hunter, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne Is also a very good companion dog. It’s playful, calm, but also lively and reckless.

It needs to give and receive a lot of affection. It likes wide-open spaces, running, and exercising.

It is therefore mainly suitable for families with or without children, or young singles.

Seniors may find it difficult to meet Their expectations.

Other names: Braque de l’Ariège

History of the breed

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a very old breed dog, whose presence is attested at least to the 16th century.

A descendant of the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, It was on the verge of extinction at the end of World War II, but a passionate breeder, Mr. Marcel Paumbrun, helped to save the breed, incorporating contributions from the Basset Vendéen and the Wirehaired Dachshund.

Common and popular in Brittany in the 19th century, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne became known throughout France during the 1970s.

Physical features

  • Its hair: quite short, dry, very hard in texture, not woolly or curly.
  • Its color: fawn, ranging from golden wheat to brick red. A small white star on the chest and some black hairs scattered on the back and ears may be admitted.
  • Its head: elongated skull, with a marked occipital protuberance. Hitchhiking is more pronounced than with the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, from which it comes. The nose is black or dark brown in color, the nostrils are wide open, the muzzle tapering and the whiskers not abundant.
  • Its ears: finished in a point, oriented inwards, covered with a shorter and finer hair.
  • Its eyes: dark brown in color, never prominent, nor too deep in the sockets, displaying a look full of vivacity.
  • Its body:  collected, rather low on legs. The neck is short and muscular, the back short and wide, the loins well muscled, the chest high and broad, the sides rather rounded, the line of the underside slightly raised towards the rear.
  • Its tail: moderately long, thick at its attachment, tapering towards the tip, carried in a sickle at rest, above the backline when the dog is in action.

Behavior With Others

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is primarily intended for hunters. At home, It’s also a pleasant companion for the whole family. Very attached to its master, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is the perfect companion for families with or without children.

It’s playful, very docile, and above all  sociable. It will not hesitate to have fun with the youngest as well as with Its master, to whom he is totally devoted.

It’s balanced and calm. It’s never aggressive and will not pose any difficulty in the presence of congeners or strangers. It’s also jovial and very frank. It adapts very easily to its environment.


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is very easy to educate a dog. Its hunter side nevertheless gives a  rather harsh character, which should be softened from an early age.

It’s docile and intelligent,  makes Its education rather simple, It knows how to handle firmness and gentleness.

Living Conditions

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne seems to be totally incompatible with living in an apartment. It needs spaces to run, to exercise, and therefore to stay happy.

It will thrive in the countryside or in a house with a large garden. It should be taken out regularly to clear the mind and keep busy. Its well-being and development depend on it.

Health & Maintenance

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne has solid health. It has no known hereditary pathology and does not seem to be predisposed to any disease.

In addition, it stands up very well to the most difficult conditions, namely heat and cold.

The life expectancy of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a very easy dog to maintain. It does not require great efforts at this level, apart from regular brushing to preserve the cleanliness and beauty of its hard coat.

It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week, more during the moulting period.

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne does not need to be washed or groomed frequently

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About Jessica Vanclap

Passionate about animals, but also about health, I did not hesitate for long in choosing my studies. Veterinary assistant by training, I worked in a veterinary clinic for several years. I then made the choice to share my knowledge and experiences by joining the training team of a school of Veterinary Assistant and Grooming.

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