This breed was created in France for hunting different kind of animals. There is a rumor that the Fawn Brittany Basset was nearly extinct after World War II, and was revived after crossing with Dachshunds and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. The breed club in France absolutely denies it, saying that the population of the breed never had such decline. The supposedly created middle breed - Fawn Brittany Griffon, is very rare these days. This dog is mainly a family pet in Britain. Puppies for sale can be found in different European countries, where the dog is still used to scent trail and hunting.
They are happy, loving, outgoing dogs, but don't forget that they are hounds and hunting is in their nature, so they aren't suitable for everyone. In England the breed is very healthy, with no no hereditary issues; however, in some European countries and especially in France, cases of epilepsy have been identified. Some Fawn Bassets have black spots on the coat. The black and white spots are not accepted colors, but it doesn't make them less capable of doing their primal job – to hunt. The right coloration for this Basset is fawn or red, with darker spotted ears.
This is a small dog, resembling the Basset Hound, but with relatively longer legs. The coat is harsh and dense. The height is between 32 and 38 cm and the weight between 16 and 19 kg. The fur on the ears is shorter, darker and finer than that on the body. The ears almost reach the nose and must be pleated. The eyes are big, oval and dark. According to the French standard, these are the shortest Bassets all.
Character and behavior
The Fawn Brittany Basset is a lively, friendly and obedient dog, who is often distracted by what he's scenting. He is quick and agile to a point that even a rabbit cannot escape him. The breed is still used for hunting, more often in pairs. An equable and cheerful breed, the Fawn Brittany Basset is a great companion and family pet. Keep in mind that this dog like to run freely, chase small animals, and is capable to disappear following a smell. You can easily understand the mood of your dog because his eyes are clear and his ears move briskly when he is unsure or nervous.
Training and education
Like all hounds, this dog sometimes can be stubborn and you should start the training from a very early age. You cannot expect a hound to be obedient, as they always have something in mind, but with the right approach they can start to execute your commands without hesitation.
Based on a small survey, the average life expectancy is 10,5 years, which is a little low compared to other dogs of the same size. Typical causes of death are cancer, kidney failure, heart failure and road traffic accidents. The main reason is this dog's natural instinct to follow his scent which leads to disobedience and crossing highways and other roads.
Grooming and care
The dense, harsh, wiry coat of this Basset is easy to groom and does not sheds a lot. It is enough to brush it once a week to keep it clean. Bath your pet only if necessary. It is recommended to trim the hair around the eyes and ears with scissors. According to some veterinarians you should trim the whole coat every 5 months.
Children and other pets
Representatives of this breed are calm and kind, but not timid. They are very attached to their owner and extremely friendly with kids.
Sadly the ancestor of the Fawn Brittany Basset – the Grand Fauve de Bretagne is now extinct.