Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a medium sized short-legged dog with a harsh, wiry reddish/fawn coat. The Basset Fauvre is a scent hound that was developed in Brittany in France.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne Breed Group


Size of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne


Country of Origin


Time of original development

The breed is thought to have been developed in the 1800s by crossing the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and Brittany Basset.

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne’s uses through History

A competent and versatile scent hound used for hunting small game.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne temperament

The breed is generally placid, with a loving and playful nature. It is normally an excellent dog around children and friendly with other dogs. Contact with other smaller pets should be avoided due to the breed’s instinctive prey drive. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is notorious for wandering off on the dog walk and will often ignore the recall command.

Colour Varieties of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The breed comes in a variety of colours which include:

  • Fawn
  • Gold Wheaten
  • Light Wheaten
  • Red
  • Red Wheaten
  • Wheaten

Size and weight of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Height 32-38 cms

Weight 16-18 kgs

Exercise requirements of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

An energetic and athletic breed that requires at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. A good recall is essential for this breed.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne coat length


Grooming requirements of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

The harsh wiry coat requires regular brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove dead fur and keep the coat tangle free. The coat require twice yearly hand stripping by a professional dog groomer.


No. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Average lifespan of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne

A healthy Basset Fauve de Bretagne should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of 12-13 years. There were only 80 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment