Basset Fauve de Bretagne FCI Standard
The French Revolution resulted in serious decline in population of many French hounds some of which eventually died out. However the popularity of Basset breeds roared. Hunting turned into more a public entertainment and majority of new-born hunters couldn’t afford to keep a horse. The Fawn Brittany Basset made it easier for a hunter to chase prey on foot rather than on a horseback so it became one of favourite hunting dogs in France. The dog was valued for its working prowess and relentlessness in pursuing the prey. It proved to be especially skilful in hunting rabbits.
In the wake of the Second World War the breed experienced a significant fall in its number. There is a debate as to whether it was driven to the brink of extinction or it simply faced a tangible shrinkage of its population. Anyway it’s widely suggested that in its post-war restoration breeders repeatedly mated remaining specimens with such breeds as the Basset Griffon Vendeen and wire-coated Dachshund.
Nowadays the primarily role of the Fawn Brittany Basset is hunting but it has already obtained some fanciers that keep it as a companion animal. The breed is practically unknown outside its native France and was brought to the United States only in 2001. It was approved by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1996.
The Fawn Brittany Basset’s friendliness also extends to unknown people and it’s always excited and happy if it gets a chance to make a new acquaintance. The dog is endowed with enough alertness to notify its owner that someone is coming to the door. Nevertheless it isn’t capable of demonstrating any aggressiveness so it will be an average watchdog. For the same reason it’s ill-suited for the job of a guard dog.
The breed was designed to be a pack hunter so it had to deal with a few of other canines in a hunting trip. The Fawn Brittany Basset is a good option if you plan to introduce it into a household with other dogs. In the group of other canines it prefers to take a dominative stance so it can cause some troubles during the initial meeting of unfamiliar dogs. The dog’s owner should be always present at the first introduction of dogs. The Fawn Brittany Basset possesses very powerful hunting instincts so it isn’t trustworthy around non-canine animals. It doesn’t mean that it can’t get on with a household cat but it should be extensively and timely socialised with it. Be mindful that some specimens will never be able to get over their prey drive even when things concern a familiar cat or other pet.
• kidney failure;
• reproductive problems;
• ear infections;
• eye problems.
In grooming this breed the owner should pay special attention to the dog’s big hanging ears since they tend to trap dirt and various particles, which can cause ear infection or irritation. The breed does shed but it sheds rather moderately.
It’s worth to consider that if you mistreat your Fawn Brittany Basset during a lesson instead of desirable results you will get only an intimidated and resentful creature. Reward-based methods seem to work best with the breed so make sure to have enough supply of patience and its favourite treats when you begin the training process.
An under-exercised Fawn Brittany Basset usually demonstrates serious behavioural issues including being destructive, over-excited and even aggressive. Despite its rather moderate size this strong and athletic dog shouldn’t be treated as a lap dog and needs a periodical opportunity to burn its excessive energy.