The Basset Fauve De Bretagne is a medium breed that can easily be identifiable because of its low body, wiry coat, and tan colour. Weighing 36 to 40 pounds and standing 32-38 centimetres at the withers, this breed has the similar short legs and long body of its Basset Hound cousin. It has a moderately domed skull, a medium-size head, short, muscular neck, and strong jaws with a perfect scissor bite. Its slightly oval eyes give off a lively expression. It has a black or dark nose with wide open nostrils.
This scenthound has a harsh, dense and flat coat, which should never be long or woolly according to KC standards. The breed comes in the following colours: fawn, gold-wheaten and red-wheaten. Grooming is a bit tedious as it needs to be brushed daily to remove tangles and dead hair so heavy shedding can be under control. It needs to be hand stripped at a professional groomer’s. The hair should not be trimmed especially it participates in shows. However, the hair inside the ears needs to be removed for air circulation, which minimises the chances of ear infections.
As with all breeds, it is important to take care of your Basset Fuave’s dental health. Not all dogs are comfortable with brushing so introduce this early and always make it a positive experience. Keep your dog’s nails trimmed and inspect the skin for irritations and fleas as well.