Griffon Fauve De Bretagne Breed Summary
Calm, Gentle, Independent, Affectionate and Intelligent
These dogs are thought to be one of the oldest scenthounds from France! They were originally used to hunt a variety of animals, though their main calling was hunting Wolves! During this time, Wolves were considered pests and a danger to both 'hoomans' and animals during Medieval France.
They are a very friendly and gentle breed - especially now that they no longer have to hunt down Wolves! In fact, they even get along with strangers (so probably wouldn't make the best watchdog). Their patient and calm personalities also mean they're a great breed for families with younger children.
Fun Fact: They are very affectionate and love 'hoomans'!
|Kennel Club Group||Hound|
|Lifespan||10 - 13 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 48cm - 56cm|
|Weight||Males and Females 17kg - 21kg|
|Coat||Coat is Shaggy, Coarse and Medium in Length|
|Colour||Fawn, Golden or Red|
|Common health issues||Hip Dysplasia (CHD), Elbow Dysplasia, Eye Problems and Allergies.|
|Other Names||Fawn Colored Brittany Basset, GFB|
These guys are little dogs with big personalities. They are incredibly cool and calm pooches, which makes them fantastic around younger children as well. However, they can also be fairly independent and may often wander off if they pick up an intriguing scent! Because they are predominantly family pets and enjoy the company of ‘hoomans’ they don’t do well by themselves and may even get separation anxiety! For this reason, they need someone around most of the day to keep them busy. Although extremely clever, Fauve de Bretagne's are prone to ignoring commands and often let their noses take control. It’s therefore important to start training and socialising them as young as possible, in hope that they may listen to you!
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, also known in English as the Fawn Brittany Griffon, originally comes from France and was used to hunt animals including boars and wolves. It's thought that they came about during the 13th century and were then classed as scenthound dogs. They would originally work in packs, attempting to track and corner their prey. However, the wolves of this era became extinct in the 19th century and this led to the number of this breed dramatically dropping, to the point that they were nearly wiped out. It was down to a breeding programme, formulated in the 1940's that secured the safety of the breed and they have since become very popular as hunting dogs in France, but rarely heard of out of Europe.