10–13 years old
Hounds, bloodhounds and related breeds
The breed was bred in the nineteenth century. She is perhaps one of the brightest descendants of the Breton hounds, along with close relatives the Breton griffons. This breed owes its small size, short stature and charming muzzle to its other ancestors the Basset Vendée. Despite its popularity back in the nineteenth century, the breed gained national recognition only in the thirties of the twentieth century.
The Breton Fawn Basset is a small, stocky dog that is very active and energetic for its size. Combining tirelessness and lively temperament, these small dogs have become one of the best hunting dogs in France. Exceptional hunting qualities helped the representatives of the breed to achieve numerous prizes in rabbit hunting.
These small cute dogs have an elongated body, rather short paws. The color of a typical representative of the breed can vary from golden-wheat to red-brick. The standard also allows a few black hairs scattered over the back and ears. Breton Fawn Bassets sometimes have a small white star on their chest, but this is a fault. The head of the basset is quite large in relation to the body, elongated. The ears are lowered, covered with softer and shorter hair, their tips are pointed. The eyes, as well as the strokes, and the nose are dark in color. The coat of the representatives of the breed is hard, no fluffiness is allowed.
Breton fawn bassets have a light disposition, they are sociable, affectionate and balanced. Despite the fact that dogs are passionate hunters, they easily adapt to any living conditions and can be kept as companions. Nevertheless, on the hunt, these are fearless and hardy dogs, real helpers for their owners. Disqualifying signs at shows for dogs of this breed are aggressiveness or cowardice.
Eyes and claws should be treated as needed, but hanging ears should be lifted and examined periodically animals may have a predisposition to inflammation of the auricles.
Basset hair needs to be groomed as well. Regularly comb it with a brush, and pluck out dead hairs once or twice a year.
Conditions of detention
When getting this dog, you need to be prepared to devote as much time as possible to it. Breton fawn bassets do not choose one family member, but love everyone at once, including children and even other pets. Guests are warmly welcomed. However, despite such activity and friendliness of the representatives of the breed, we must not forget that they were bred for hunting, and it would be unfair to deprive the dog of its main purpose. Hunting for an artificial hare is also suitable.
It is quite possible to keep the Breton Basset in a city apartment, but only on condition of active walks for a couple of hours daily.
Breton fawn bassets are a popular breed, its representatives are also in Russia. The cost of a puppy depends on the exhibition and hunting success of the parents, on the interesting pedigree and class of the puppy itself. Price range from 300 to 1000 euros.