The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a French dog breed that comes from the Brittany area of northwest France in the 1800s. This dog is a crossbreed between the much larger Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and the low-legged hounds from the Vendee area. Some say that they descended from the now-extinct Grand Fauve de Bretagne.

The dog was used as a hunting dog, primarily for wild boar and small deer. After World War II, the breed was endangered and it took great efforts by fanciers to restore the breed’s population.

The dog is very popular in Great Britain. It can also be found in other parts of Europe where it is used as a household pet. It was recognized by the Kennel Club in the year 2007.

Traits and Behavior

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is an active little dog with a good temperament. The dog loves to be active together with its human family.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne close up

These dogs are fond of children and small animals.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne has a very well developed sense of smell, so owners should be aware that the dog is typically quick to explore.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne enjoys being part of the family, where its lovely character and love of children truly flourish.

Exercise needs are moderate, although it will be more than happy to go on as long as you want. If the long walks are near the road or railway, it is best to have it wear a leash.

The dog has a strong tendency to run away and follow unfamiliar scents.

Pet Care and Diseases

According to a 2004 UKC survey, the most common health issues noted by dog owners of  BFB were:

Basset Fauve de Bretagne swimming
  • Reproductive problems
  • Otitis media
  • Otitis externa
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Cataracts

Training, exercises, and mental stimulation are things an owner should prioritize most. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne needs regular physical exercise (long walks at least once a day).

For a person who has an active lifestyle, this dog is a great jogging companion. BFBs are not difficult to train. With dedication and patience, this dog will learn new things in no time.

Easy to maintain, these dogs just require light grooming. Their coats should be combed regularly (approximately once a week) and plucked twice a year.

Whilst their coats should never be trimmed, the excess hair around their ear passages should be removed.


The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a small hound that is much lighter than the Basset Hound.  Its height measures around 32-38 cm tall while its weight falls between 36-40 lbs.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs swimming with toy

The eyes are dark in color. The hindquarters are strong – typical of a working hound. The short-medium coat is harsh and dense. The hairs on the ears are shorter, finer and appear darker. The BFB’s fur comes in various shades of fawn and red-wheaten. Some dogs may have a little white on the chest.

General Information

The estimated lifespan of this breed is about 11-14 years. The average litter size is approximately 6-8 puppies. Other names include BFB, Fawn Brittany Basset and Tawny Brittany Basset.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne resting on couch

Breed Club

Visit thess dog club websites dedicated for Basset Fauve de Bretagne. Click this link: