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Basset Fauve de Bretagne (Side View, Standing)
Side View, Standing

Breed Information


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Name Basset Fauve de Bretagne
Other names Fawn Brittany Basset
Origin France
Breed Group


Scenthounds (UKC)

Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 11-14 years







Height 13-15 inches (32-38 cm)
Weight 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg)





Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1200 - $1500 USD

The average price of a Basset Fauve de Bretagne is between $1200 and $1500 because it’s a rare breed in the United States. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is still utilized as a hunting dog, however, it is also commonly found as a family companion in homes throughout Europe.

Breed Characteristics


3 stars

Apartment Friendly

4 stars

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne will do okay in an apartment. They are inactive indoors but outdoors they will run for hours in play if given the chance. They will do okay without a yard, but should be given plenty of opportunities to run and play to keep healthy and trim.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

3 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

To keep the Basset Fauve de Bretagne healthy, it should be given plenty of exercise, including a long daily walk to keep the dog mentally stable, but discourage it from jumping and stressing the front legs. This breed will run and play by the hour when given the chance. Because of their keen noses they tend to roam when they pick up a scent. Take care when off lead that the dog is in a safe area. When they pick up a scent they may not even hear you calling them back as their complete focus will be on finding the critter at the other end.


2 stars

The harsh, dense, wire-coat is fairly easy to groom and sheds little to no hair. Simply brush regularly with a stiff bristle brush. Brushing should keep the coat clean, so bathe only when necessary. Trim around the ears and eyes with blunt-nosed scissors. The whole coat should be trimmed about every four months and stripped twice a year.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: Unknown


3 stars

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3 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Basset Fauve de Bretagne Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Molly
02 Cooper Bella
03 Beau Ginger
04 Jack Luna
05 Tucker Angel
06 Shadow Lulu
07 Oliver Zoey
08 Moose Stella
09 Jasper Shelby
10 Romeo Holly
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a smallish hound, built along the same lines as the Basset Hound, but lighter all through and longer in the leg. Wire-coated, the coat is very harsh to the touch, dense, red-wheaten or fawn. He measures 32 – 38 cm in height and weighs between 36 - 40 lbs but due the old, and no longer permitted, practice of registering mixed litters of Griffon and Basset Fauves sometimes a litter of bassets will produce a long legged dog more akin to the Griffon. They have coarse, dense fur which may require stripping. The hair on the ears is shorter, finer and darker than that on the coat. The ears just reach the end of the nose rather than trailing on the ground and should be pleated. They should have dark eyes and nose and ideally no crook on the front legs. The French standard says these are the shortest backed of all the basset breeds so they generally do not appear as exaggerated as the British Basset.

Smart, courageous and determined, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a serious hunter, easily adapting to different types of game or terrain. It is also an excellent companion, being cheerful, friendly and agreeable.


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne originated in France for use as a scenting hound on rabbit, hare, fox, roe deer and wild boar. It is a descendant of the larger Griffon Fauve de Bretagne. The breed has been popular as a hunter in its native region since the 19th Century, and earned a national reputation as an outstanding rabbit hound during the latter part of the 20th Century. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1996.

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