The Basset Fauve De Bretagne is a sound, busy, happy little dog that makes a good family pet.
They are small and neat, and as the name implies, short legged, but their legs are slightly longer than other similar types. In addition they have a very wiry, harsh coat, red or wheaten in colour, with darker shaded ears.
They were bred in France for hunting and are naturally good at scent work. In 2004, a Kennel Club survey found that one of the most common causes of death was road traffic accidents, possibly due to the fact that once they get a scent for an animal it will often override training.
They are loving towards people and good with children. They are good at co-operating with other dogs, they enjoy regular exercise, have good stamina for long walks and can give rabbits a run for their money.
The wiry coat needs stripping two or three times a year to keep it in condition appropriate to the breed but occasional brushing the rest of the time is sufficient. No hereditary problems have been found in the UK but there have been some instances of epilepsy in Europe.