The Basset Fauve de Bretagne first appeared in Brittany (France) during the 1800s and was originally used for hunting small game. Little is known about its Pedigree but it is thought to be a cross between the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne (notable for its tracking skills) and the Brittany Basset – a natural hunter.
This dog usually lives to 11 years of age but with plenty of the correct nutrition and the right care and attention can easily live up to 14 years.
Average size and weight
The female of this breed is typically 10 to 12kg and up to 32cm tall, while the male can weigh up to 19kg and can grow to 38cm in height.
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a hound through and through and loves to give chase at the slightest movement or sound. Keeping these skills under control during a walk is relatively easy provided it is taught to respond to commands from an early age.
Compatibility with other pets
In general, this dog gets along well with other pets in the home. However, as with most breeds, introducing it to other animals is most effective during its first six months.
Regular combing of the coat is an essential part of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s care routine and, depending on the condition of the coat, may require the occasional professional grooming session. Excess hair in the ear passage should be removed and the claws trimmed on a regular basis.
Being a hunting dog, the Basset has energy to burn and will need plenty of space to roam and explore around the home. Potential owners must be prepared for regular, lengthy walks to keep it in peak condition.
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