The Basset Fauve De Bretagne (Tawny Basset for short) is one of only two breeds originating out of the Brittany region in France, the other being the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne. Smaller in size than the Griffon, the Tawny Basset was initially bred for the purpose of assisting poachers in hunting small game. Distinctive through their long bodies and stumpy legs, these dogs typically sport a rough coat that is fawn in colour. Friendly and cheerful, Tawny Bassets have an extremely pleasant temperament, and make for great companion dogs. These dogs are also quite intelligent and love being mentally stimulated, so don’t be surprised if it tries to play a few tricks on you!
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Medium in size, the Tawny Basset adapts well to apartment living provided its exercise needs of at least 30 minutes per day are met. An intelligent breed, these dogs require frequent physical and mental stimulation, and so failure to provide an appropriate environment for this can lead to the dog developing an undesirable temperament. If their intelligence is put to the test, these dogs are known to develop all kinds of different skills, and so early training is encouraged to further improve obedience and temperament. The docile and affectionate nature of these dogs lends them extremely well to families with young children, provided they are socialised at an early age. Tawny Bassets are also quite an easy breed to maintain, their grooming requirements minimal in comparison to other breeds due to their rough coat.
Common Health Issues
Reproductive Issues, Ear Infections, Corneal Ulcers, Cataracts, Epilepsy.