Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Surprisingly fast for his small size, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is renowned for his speed and tenacity in following a track into the undergrowth if necessary. Very easy to adapt, this gentle little dog is a formidable hunting dog as well as an excellent life companion for everyone. He can live just about anywhere, which is an added appeal for the breed. Hunters and lovers of dogs will benefits from having this magnificent little dog around.

Height 32 to 36 cm
Weight 14 to 15 kg
Life expectancy 13 to 14 years
Home country France

Quick Overview of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne


  • Very sociable and affectionate
  • Well-balanced dog
  • Stubborn and very brave
  • Passionate about hunting


  • Quick and fast
  • Overflowing energy
  • Dry and very hard coat
  • Rather elongated skull


  • Hardy and very robust
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

In spite of his fierce, slightly misleading appearance, he is very sociable, affectionate and balanced. This little dog is a passionate hunter, vigorous, stubborn and very brave.

Calm, affectionate and gentle, he is not anxious at all and knows how to remain gentle in all circumstances. Very playful, he loves children's games and does not hesitate to share them on all occasions.

Of a rather obstinate temperament, he must be educated very early by a firm and determined hand.

basset fauve de bretagne personnalité

Breed Appearance


This very hardy little dog has a beautiful build. Lively and fast for his size, he has overflowing energy and his small body shape allows him to be very active and relentless.


Between 32 and 36 cm (12.60 to 14.17 inches) for the male
Between 32 and 36 cm (12.60 to 14.17 inches) for the female


Between 14 and 15 kg (30.86 to 33.07 pounds) for the male
Between 14 and 15 kg (30.86 to 33.07 pounds) for the female


He has a beautiful fawn color ranging from golden wheat to brick-red, sometimes with small white spots on the neck and chest.


His dry and very harsh coat is never curly or woolly and is almost short.


His head has a rather elongated skull with a fairly pronounced stop. His eyes are dark brown. His ears turned inwards end in a point and almost reach the end of the nose. His nose can be dark brown or black. His large tail, which is slightly sickle-shaped, is medium length.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #36

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Basset Fauve de Bretagne puppy: between 400 € / $ 1 / £1 and 700 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Basset Fauve de Bretagne: 90 € / $ 1 / £1
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

Tips About this breed

This sweet, docile and very playful little dog is an excellent companion and hunting dog. Not reluctant to share the children's games and surprisingly calm on all occasions, he can therefore be around very small children without any fear. His great natural sociability and balanced temperament make him an excellent family dog.

He is naturally endowed with a very obstinate character and his education must be rigorous, firm and unambiguous. It is not always easy to make him obedient and patience is required during his education. He will need a good education from a very young age to make him obedient and to become a good hunting, research or companion dog.

As he needs to exercise despite his small size, he can live in an apartment but he must be able to go out regularly in order to release his beautiful energy. He needs sufficient space to meet his need for exercise.

Health of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Hardy and very robust, the breed knows no particular pathology. Rarely ill, the dog generally enjoys excellent health. The life expectancy of the breed is excellent.

Giving birth is sometimes difficult in some cases because it can be labor intensive.


Despite his almost short coat, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne requires a good brushing on a regular basis and his ears should also be regularly inspected. No other special care is necessary.

History of this breed

This dog of French origin, as his name suggests, is said to be descended from the Grand Fauve de Bretagne, now extinct. Before the breed's extinction, crossbreeding was carried out with the Basset Vendéen, resulting in a much lighter dog than his ancestor. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne thus possesses all the essential characteristics of his ancestor while having of beautiful lightness, absent in the Grand Fauve de Bretagne at the time.

The Grand Fauve de Bretagne was very popular until the 19th century and following his disappearance, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne saw a resurgence of his numbers especially in France and England. The first standard of the current lighter breed was written in 1921. Since the end of the 20th century, the breed has continued to increase in popularity among Europeans.

This hound is very popular for hunting rabbits, which he can follow even in the undergrowth. He can hunt alone, in pairs, in groups and even in packs. He has a great ability to adapt to all terrains. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is an excellent hunter and search dog, and can make an excellent life companion. He has all the necessary qualities.

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