Griffon Fauve de Bretagne FCI Standard
However the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne was originally created, and by the end of the Dark Ages it had been widely used in the north of France by local hunters. This wire-coated, incredibly courageous and tough scent hound was indispensable in chasing and killing the wolf. To accomplish this challenging task it usually worked in packs of other dogs. By the end of the XIX the wolf became extinct across France and the breed lost its primarily quarry. Fortunately it was re-tasked to hunt other game such as deer and boar so it escaped the sad fate total extinction.
The Second World War affected many of French breeds and the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne was no exception. At some point its population shrank in such a way that its complete extinction became a real threat. In 1949 the club was established in order to promote the breed and support its appropriate quality. Since 80s of the XX century its number grew substantially and today the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is widespread in its native France as a hunting dog. It also excels as a companion dog although it hasn’t yet acquired much acceptance in this role. The breed has recognition of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and United Kennel Club (UKC).
While performing its hunting duties the breed has to coordinate its actions with a hunter. That’s why it’s characterised with rather low human aggressiveness. The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is an amiable and playful dog that is prone to treat every human being as a potential friend. Thanks to its watchfulness and attentiveness it can become an acceptable watchdog. However, it will rather happily greet an intruder by wagging its tail than show any signs of aggression so it usually makes an awful guard dog.
The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is usually used for hunting in packs so it rather enjoys being in the company of other dogs. Actually it prefers to co-habituate with one or several other canines, which match its energy level. It’s worth to mention that the breed possesses a dominative nature and it’s quite ready to fight for an alpha-status in a group of other dogs. Its well-developed prey drive makes it dangerous for other species of animals, especially for stray cats. This dog will put up with co-existence of other pets (including a household cat) if it got used to its presence since its puppyhood.
• kidney failure;
• reproductive problems;
• ear infections;
• eye problems.
The dog’s coat also needs to be plucked at least twice a year. Many owners prefer visit a professional groomer when things concern this procedure. However plucking can be performed with little efforts by the owner himself.
Due to its obstinate nature the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne also tends to be a selective listener so sometimes it can be simply in no mood for learning. A harsh critique is absolutely unacceptable in the work with this breed and it learns at maximal speed when motivated with reward-based techniques of training.
Without acceptable amount of physical activity Griffon Fauve de Bretagne will most likely become an unmanageable, fidgety, destructive and hyperactive animal. The breed is fairly adaptive and as long as its exercise needs are satisfied it will be content with an apartment life.