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Country of Origin: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a scent hound, a hunting breed that originated in Brittany, France. The breed was created from the larger Grand Fauve de Bretagne. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne was believed to be near extinction after the second World War and it was said that the breed was kept alive by crossing it with the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and wirehaired Dachshunds. However, the French Kennel Club dismisses this as a rumor. 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.

Size: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a smallish-type hound. It is lighter and longer than the Basset Hound. They measure 12-15 inches in height and will typically weigh in between 36-40 pounds. However, it is possible for the Basset Fauve de Bretagne to grow taller.

Coat: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne's coat will feel harsh to the touch, as it is very wiry and dense. The coat colors are typically red-wheaten or fawn. Due to the texture and density, the hair of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne may require stripping. The hair on the ears of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne will typically be finer and darker than that of the rest of its coat. Also, it is possible for the Basset Fauve de Bretagne's coat to contain small amounts of black or white. These are not accepted colors for the breed standard, however, as their primary function is for hunting these colors are not of large importance unless planning to show.

Character: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is an upbeat, affectionate and lovable dog. The breed was primarily utilized as a hunting dog, however, its cheerful disposition opened the door for them to become a wonderful family companion. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is still a hound breed though, and so will have a fairly strong prey drive. They can become consumed by a scent, and so should not be left off the leash in an unsafe area, as they may wander off. Being a hound breed, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is known to be relatively stubborn, and must be trained well in manners at a young age.

Temperament: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a social breed and will get along well with other animals. When hunting, they will often do so in pairs. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne also gets along well with children. However, it is necessary to socialize them from a young age to avoid any timidness.

Care: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne will do best with a larger area to live and play in, however they can do well with apartment life provided they get the proper exercise. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne does not require professional grooming. They will only need a regular brushing and nail clipping and should never be trimmed. It is however, important to remove any excess hair from the ear canals. There have been no hereditary disorders reported for the Basset Fauve de Bretagne in the UK. However, other areas in Europe have reported cases of epilepsy. Some other health risks associated with the Basset Fauve de Bretagne are heart failure, kidney failure, and cancer. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne can also have other issues such as cataracts, corneal ulcers, otitis externa, otitis media and reproductive problems.

Training: Like many children, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a stubborn and opinionated hound breed, which can become an issue if not properly trained. It is imperative that a firm and consistent pack leader establish dominance with this breed, as they are prone to making their own decisions. However, positive reinforcement such as treats and verbal praise will go a lot farther than harsh words.

Activity: The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a high energy breed that will require a considerable amount of exercise. They will do best with walks twice a day as well as a large area for outdoor play. As state previously, it is not recommended to allow the Basset Fauve de Bretagne off the leash in an unsecured area, as they may catch a scent and run off after it. Be sure not to walk your Basset Fauve de Bretagne puppy for very long distances, as this can be a cause of joint issues in the future.

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