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Fawn Brittany Basset

(Basset Fauve de Bretagne)

Basset Fauve De Bretagne

Basset Fauve De Bretagne


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
25.03.2003.
KC
September 2000

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scent hound used for hunting rabbit, hare, fox, roe deer and wild boar.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.3Scenthounds, Small-sized Hounds
With working trial

KC
Hound
UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
John Miller and Raymond Triquet.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
This little basset has the same qualities as the breed from which it is derived the griffon fauve de Bretagne. Very popular in its region of origin in the XIX century, it earned a national reputation in the course of the last 30 years of the XX century.
Its exceptional aptitude for hunting has allowed it to win the French Cup hunting trophy on rabbit a number of times and it has become very popular.
UKC
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne originated in France for use as a scenting hound on rabbit, hare, fox, roe deer and wild boar. It is a descendant of the larger Griffon Fauve de Bretagne. The breed has been popular as a hunter in its native region since the 19th Century, and earned a national reputation as an outstanding rabbit hound during the latter part of the 20th Century. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
The basset fauve de Bretagne, is a small, stocky hound, lively, rapid for its size. It benefits from enormous energy coupled with excellent hardiness.
KC
Short-legged, rough-coated hound of moderate length.
UKC
A small, stocky hound, rectangular in shape, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is rough coated and fawn in color. It is a very hardy breed, energetic and fast for its size.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Courageous, hardy, possessing good nose. Very nimble in movement.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
The bassets fauves de Bretagne are impassioned hunters but are also excellent companions of man, sociable, affectionate and equable. They adapt themselves easily to all terrains, even the most difficult, and to all quarry. When hunting they reveal themselves to be courageous, wily, and obstinate, which makes them very successful.
KC
Lively, friendly and amenable.
UKC
Smart, courageous and determined, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a serious hunter, easily adapting to different types of game or terrain. It is also an excellent companion, being cheerful, friendly and agreeable.

HEAD

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KC
Medium in length, well balanced. Skull moderately domed, fair width; occipital point well defined. Foreface of medium length, slightly arched; moderate stop. Underjaw strong and well developed. Nose black or very dark. Nostrils wide open.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Rather long with marked occipital protuberance. Seen from the front, the cranium has the form of a flattened arch and diminishes in width from the rear to the superciliary arches, which are not very prominent.
UKC
Rather long, and broadest between the ears, tapering in width to the eyes. Slightly flattened on top, arched on the sides. Stop is moderate, but a little more than in the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne.

Stop

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FCI
A little more marked than with the griffon fauve de Bretagne.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black or dark brown Well-open nostrils.
UKC
Black or dark brown, with well-opened nostrils. Fully pigmented.

Muzzle

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FCI
Slightly tapering rather than being perfectly rectangular.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
Same length as the skull, tapering slightly in width from the stop to the nose. Lips well cover the lower jaw, but there is no excess of flew. Hair covering (moustache) is moderate.

Lips

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FCI
Covering well the lower jaw but without excess. Moustaches only slightly furnished.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
The jaws and teeth are strong, meeting in a perfect and even scissors bite. The upper incisors cover the lower in close contact. The incisors are set square to the jaws. Absence of first premolars is not penalized.
UKC
Strong teeth meet in a tight scissors bite. The absence of the first premolars is not faulted.

Eyes

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FCI
Neither bulging nor set too deeply in the orbits, dark brown in colour. The conjunctiva is not apparent. The expression is lively.
KC
Slightly oval, neither too deep set nor too prominent. Dark, hazel, no haw apparent. Lively expression.
UKC
Set well into the skull, neither prominent nor too deep, with no haw visible. Dark brown in color. Expression is lively. Rims are fully pigmented.

Ears

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FCI
Finely attached, in line with the eye, just reaching the end of the nose when drawn forward, ending in a point, turned inwards and covered by finer and shorter hair than on the rest of the body.
KC
Set on level with eye, extending to the nose when drawn forward, folding inwards ending in a point. Covered with finer, darker and softer hair than body.
UKC
Drop ears are set low, on a line with the eye. When pulled forward, they reach just to the end of the nose. The ears taper to a point at the end and turn inwards. They are covered with shorter, softer hair than that on the rest of the dog.

NECK

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FCI
Rather short and well muscled.
KC
Rather short, muscular.
UKC
Rather short and well-muscled. No dewlap.

BODY

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KC
Chest wide and deep. Sternum prominent. Ribs well rounded, carried well back. Level topline; strong loin.
UKC
Deep and broad, with moderately rounded ribcage. Back is rather short for a Basset, broad, strong and level. Loin is wide and muscular with little tuck-up.

Back

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FCI
Short for a basset and broad. Never swaybacked.

Loin

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FCI
Broad and muscular.

Chest

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FCI
Chest: Deep and broad.
Ribs: Rather rounded.

Underline and belly

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FCI
The underline rises only slightly towards the rear.

TAIL

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FCI
Carried slightly sickle-fashion, of medium length, large at the base, often bristly and well-tapered at the end. In action, the tail is carried above the top line and makes regular movements from side to side.
KC
Set on high, thick at the base, tapering to a point, reaching slightly beyond the hock when lowered, carried like a sickle when moving.
UKC
Medium in length, strong at the base, tapering to a point. Carried above the line of the back in sickle shape with side to side action.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
The limbs have good bone.
KC
Forelegs straight; slight crook acceptable; well boned with strong pasterns. Feet turning neither in nor out. Shoulders slightly sloping.
UKC
Shoulders are obliquely placed.

Shoulder

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FCI
Oblique and well set on the thorax.

Elbow

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FCI
In the line with the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Legs have good bone. Elbows are held close to the body. Legs are preferably straight from elbow to foot, but a slight curve in the forearm is allowed. Pasterns slope slightly. Distance from elbow to ground is slightly less than distance from withers to elbow.

Forearm

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FCI
Vertical or curving slightly in (which is not to be sought after).

Pastern

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FCI
Seen in profile, somewhat oblique. Seen from the front, in the axis of the body or slanting slightly out (which is not to be sought after).

FEET

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KC
Tight, pads firm and hard. Short nails.
UKC
Compact, with well arched, tight toes and hard pads. No dewclaws on hind legs.

Forefeet

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FCI
Compact with the toes tight together, arched and with solid nails. The pads are hard.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Well muscled. The limbs are well poised. Seen from behind, the rear limbs are parallel, neither close nor wide.
KC
Strong and muscular. Stifles well bent, hocks well let down with good angulation, turning neither in nor out; just under body when standing naturally.
UKC
Well muscled, with long thighs. Moderate angulation matches that of the forequarter.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
When viewed from behind, legs are straight and parallel from hip to foot. Rear pastern is short and vertical.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down and moderately bent.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Vertical.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Lively.
KC
Quick, striding out well.
UKC
Lively and active.

SKIN

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FCI
Rather thick, supple. Absence of dewlap.
UKC
Skin is thick and supple.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Coat very rough, harsh, rather short, never woolly or curly. The face shouldn’t be too bushy.
KC
Very harsh, dense and flat. Never long or woolly.
UKC
The coat is very rough, harsh and not too long. Moderate facial furnishings.

COLOUR

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FCI
Fawn coloured, from golden wheaten to red brick in hue. A few black hairs dispersed on the back and ears are tolerated. Occasionally the presence of a small white star on the chest, something not sought after.
KC
Fawn, gold-wheaten or red-wheaten. White spot on chest permissible.
UKC
Various shades of fawn, from golden wheaten to brick red. A few black hairs on the ears or the back are acceptable but not desirable, as is a small white spot on the chest.

SIZE

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KC
Height at withers 32-38 cms (12½-15 ins).

Height at withers

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FCI
Height Males and females 32 cm minimum (12.6”), 38 cm maximum (15.5”) with a tolerance of 2 cm (0.8”) for exceptional specimens.
UKC
For both males and females, acceptable height is from 12.5 inches to 15.5 inches, with a minor variation up or down acceptable for otherwise outstanding specimens.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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FCI

  • Behaviour: Timid
  • Head: Wide, flat skull. Superciliary arches too prominent, Short or pointed muzzle. Heavy and pendulous upper lips.
  • Eyes: Light.
  • Ears: Flat and large
  • Body: Frail in appearance. Top line not level enough. Too tucked up.
  • Tail: Out of line.
  • Limbs: Poor bone. Splayed feet.
  • Coat: Sparse, smooth, fine, soft.
UKC

Characteristics: Timidity.
Body: Frail appearance, sway backed, too much tuck-up.
Coat: Coat sparse, soft, smooth or fine.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Temperament: Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Lack of type: Insufficient breed characteristics, which means the animal on the whole doesn’t resemble other samples of the breed.
  • Jaws/Teeth: Overshot or undershot.
  • Eyes: Overly light.
  • Pigmentation: Totally or partially unpigmented areas on the nose or the edges of eyelids or lips.
  • Tail: Kinked.
  • Forequarters: Excessive crook.
  • Dewclaws: Presence of dewclaws (this breed is always free from dewclaws).
  • Coat: Long, woolly coat. Any coat other than that defined by the standard.
  • Height: Outside the limits defined by the standard.
  • Defects: Noticeable invalidating defect. Anatomical malformation Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.