History & Overview
This little basset (12.5 – 15.5 inches at the shoulder) has the same qualities as the breed from which it is descendent: the griffon fauve de Bretagne. Very popular in its region of origin in the XIX century, it earned a national reputation in the course of the last 30 years of the XX century.
The basset fauve de Bretagne, is a small, stocky hound, lively and nimble. While the American Kennel Club does not recognize it, it can be registered by organizations that cater to rare breeds. The breed is accepted by the American Rare Breed Association, the United Kennel Club and Continental Kennel Club.
In Britain, some Bassets Fauves are used for hunting in packs, similar to how the Beagle is. However, the majority are kept as pets and show dogs.
The Basset Fauve is a great little dog, full of character and with an amiable personality. Although a quiet and affectionate dog, the Basset Fauve is courageous and strong-willed. He is a speedy, persistent hunter that is highly suited to its work in the hilly, rocky coastal regions of Brittany, where it hunts small game both by scent and flushing its quarry. He is ideal for hunting in dense coverts or hedgebanks. They are not suited for a novice, as they can be somewhat jealous, undisciplined and difficult to rally.
The coat is very rough, harsh, rather short, never woolly or curly. Colors are fawn from golden wheaten to red brick. A few black hairs dispersed on the back and ears are tolerated. A small white star on the chest is seen in some individuals.
- FCI-Standard # 36/05.05.2003/ GB
- Evan L. Roberts, Juliette Cunliffe – Basset Fauve De Bretagne (Comprehensive Owner’s Guide)