The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a medium-sized dog and is one of the smallest French hounds. It has a typical basset shape - short legged with a moderately long body. This courageous breed has a moderately domed head that is medium in length, broad between the ears and tapers to the eyes. The skull features a slight stop. The dark, hazel eyes are slightly oval-shaped that gives a lively expression. It has highly set long ears that extend to the nose when pulled forward, hanging down folding inwards and ends in a point. The ears are covered in softer, darker hair than the body. The teeth form a complete scissor bite. The head is supported by a short but muscular neck while the forequarters features straight legs with muscular shoulders and tight feet with hard, firm pads. The tail of the Basset is also highly set and is thick at the base then tapers to a point. It is carried like a sickle when the dog is on move but lowered reaching beyond the hock when at rest. The coat is dense, flat and very rough but not woolly and comes in fawn, golden-wheaten or red-wheaten, sometimes with white spot on the chest. The ideal height for the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is between 32 – 38 cm at withers.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne was developed in Brittany, France originally as a hunting dog similar to the larger but extinct Grand Fauve de Bretagne. At some point in time, the Basset also came close to extinction, particularly during the post-war era in the middle of the 1940s just like other breeds in Europe at the time. The breed was recreated by crossing the remaining dogs with the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and the wirehaired Dachshunds. It was finally removed from the rare breed registry of the Kennel Club in 2007. Today, the Basset Fauve is mainly a show dog and family pet although it still retains its hunting instinct.
The Basset Fauve is a sweet little hound, friendly, gentle and lively at the same time. It is a devoted companion dog and is very affectionate with its owner and the entire family. It can be a little stubborn but that depends on whether it was trained well and socialised properly at an early age. It has a distinctive deep sounding bark. It has a keen sense of smell and will typically follow any interesting scent wherever it may lead him so it is advisable to always keep the dog under supervision and never leave it alone in an unsecured yard. The leading cause of death of the Basset Fauve is road traffic accident because of stray dogs following a scent that tingled their noses. It learns very quick and can dig its way out of a fence with little effort.
Patient, gentle training is what gives this breed the most result. It is an adaptable breed and can be trained easily with different tricks and excels very well in obedience training because of its intelligence. Training must be done by a firm but gentle owner with positive reinforcement. Harsh training will only make the dog stubborn. As a scent hound with an impeccable sense of smell, the Basset Fauve can’t help but let its nose takes over sometimes and has a tendency to follow interesting smells so it needs to be well-kept in a secured environment. For this reason, training the dog to come on command is highly imperative.
The coat is relatively easy to care for. Regular brushing and combing on a weekly basis will keep it looking good and healthy. It may require some occasional stripping a couple of times a year by a professional groomer. The long ears require special attention which needs constant inspection and cleaning to keep it free from ear infection.
It is one of the healthiest hound dogs that you can find. The Kennel Club conducted a health survey of the breed in 2004 and found out that the lifespan of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is between 10 to 14 years which is typical for purebred dogs, although a little low compared to the other dogs of similar size. The survey also found out that the leading causes of death are vehicular accidents, cancer, heart failure and kidney diseases.
This is an adaptable breed and will do well in either an urban/suburban apartment home or in a countryside house as long as it gets a dose of daily long walks on leash. Do not let this breed on its own or it will follow any interesting smell it might encounter along the way, even ignoring your call in the process. An ideal daily exercise is for the dog to run freely in a yard under supervision from its owner.
The friendly, mild and easy going temperament of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne makes it an ideal household pet and fitting playmate and companion of children. It has a natural prey drive and it may occasionally give chase to small animals such as rabbits, hares, and guinea pigs but early socialisation is the key to have a dog that will behave well with other small pets around the house. It is a natural pack animal and can get along quite well with other dogs.