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Origin / History The exact origin of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne remains to be unknown, but there are theories stating that this breed is a descendant of the extinct Grand Fauve de Bretagne. Dogs of this breed are also called Tawny Brittany Basset, and they are natives of Brittany in France. It is said that after the World War II, this breed was close to being extinct and was crossed with Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen and Dachshunds.

However, dogs of this breed are still rare and are not usually encountered outside Great Britain and France. The American Kennel Club has not bestowed recognition upon this breed.

Appearance Dogs of this breed have short legs. They are medium-sized, with females being relatively lighter than males. They have dense, coarse fur and hairs on their ears tend to be finer, darker, and shorter than the hairs on their body. Their ears have lengths that reach just the end of the nose. They have dark nose and eyes and ideally, their front legs would have no crooks.

Colours There are some that are born with black in their coat, which may or may not disappear when the dog grows older. There are also times wherein these dogs have some white patches on the top of their heads or on their chests, but these are not acceptable colors. Acceptable colors are gold-wheaten, fawn, and red-wheaten.

Temperament A dog of this breed will have a mind of his own and should be trained to be well-mannered while it is still young. These dogs are charming, affectionate, lively, and friendly. Owners of this kind of dog should spend a lot of time with them, making them feel a part of their family. These dogs are good with children and other dogs. They can also get along well with other animals if they have been socialized with them at an early age.

Height and Weight 30 - 38 cm in height and 16 - 18 Kg in weight.

Common Health Problems In the United Kingdom, dogs of this breed have no hereditary disorders. However, in France and other parts of Europe, there have been cases wherein some dogs exhibit cases of epilepsy. Other health problems include heart failure, kidney failure, and cancer. These dogs can also be afflicted with reproductive problems, aural problems such as otitis externa and otitis media, and ocular problems such as cataracts and corneal ulcers.

Living Conditions It is important to ensure that any garden to which he has access is securely fenced as he will make a determined effort to follow anything of interest which catches his eye or his nose.

Exercise Requirements Since dogs of this breed have considerably high energy levels, owners should make sure that they provide their dog with enough exercise. The dog should be taken on long walks at least twice daily. Owners must also make sure that they do not allow their dogs to wander in very large open spaces as the dog might smell something and run away in search of the smell. Puppies should not be made to walk for long distances as this can deal damage to their joints and bones.

Training Requirements Basic obedience training should be done at an early age. Since these dogs can be determined and opinionated, owners must make sure that they are dealing with their pets with consistency and patience by using positive reinforcement methods. Dealing out praise and rewards when the dog has done good work will be great as opposed to verbal abuse and harsh handling. Puppies also need to be socialized so that they would grow up to have stable temperaments.

Life Expectancy A Basset Fauve de Bretagne can stay alive for as long as 12 to 14 years.

Grooming Grooming these dogs does not have to be done by a professional. The dogs' coats must never undergo trimming, although plucking would probably have to be done twice a year. Their coats must be brushed and combed regularly as well. Owners should make sure that they remove excess hair in their dog's ear passage. The claws should also be kept short.

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