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Griffon Fauve de Bretagne

Griffon Fauve De Bretagne

Griffon Fauve de Bretagne


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
25.03.2003.
KC
December 2014

UTILISATION

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

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.2Scenthounds, Medium-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
The fauve de Bretagne is one of the oldest French scent hound breeds and as early as the XIV century a gentleman by the name of Huet des Ventes had a pack of these dogs. Much used until the XIX century for wolf hunting in Brittany, it suffered a decline when these animals disappeared.
Striving to maintain the quality of these hounds, which had become rare, Marcel Pambrun founded the Club de Fauve de Bretagne in 1949. Since the 1980’s, under the direction of Bernard Vallée, the griffon fauve de Bretagne (as well as the derived breed, the basset fauve de Bretagne) has established a place among the French scent hound breeds. The motto “hunting first” continues to guide the club’s conduct.
UKC
The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is one of the oldest of the French scenthound breeds. There was a pack in existence in the 14th Century. They were used to hunt wolves until those disappeared, then on hare, roe deer, fox and wild boar. The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A bony and muscular dog, very resistant to weather and fatigue. A quite active hound, particularly suitable to difficult terrain. It has good scenting ability and the sustained voice of a “chopper” (short and repeated notes).
KC
Strongly built, muscular, rough coated, active hound suited to hunting difficult terrain. Body slightly longer than height at withers.
UKC
Bony, muscular and active, the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is a good endurance dog, resistant to weather conditions and suitable to difficult terrain.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
A brave hunter, adaptable and obedient, with strong scenting ability. Possessing good voice, freely used.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Fauves de Bretagne are impassioned hunters but are good natured with people, sociable, affectionate and equable.
They adapt themselves easily to all terrains and to all quarry. When hunting they reveal themselves to be courageous, wily, tenacious and steady. They are enterprising and efficient but show themselves equally capable of harking in. When well conducted, they are obedient and return readily.
KC
Gentle, sociable, affectionate and friendly.
UKC
Enterprising and efficient hunters, but also sociable, equable and affectionate with people.

HEAD

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KC
Skull rather long and not too broad. Frontal bones slightly raised. Slight stop. Nose black or dark brown with wide open nostrils.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Rather long, 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
The skull is rather long and slightly arched. It is widest between the ears, tapering towards the eyes. The occiput is prominent. The stop is only slightly marked.

Stop

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FCI
Only slightly marked.

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.

Muzzle

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FCI
Slightly tapering rather than being perfectly rectangular.
KC
Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
The muzzle tapers slightly from eyes to nose. The lips well cover the lower jaw but are not pendulous.

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
The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite. The absence of the first premolars is not a fault.

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 deep set nor prominent. Dark brown. Lively expression. Not showing haw.
UKC
Dark brown in color, with tight rims and a lively expression.

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 the eye, reaching the nose when drawn forward. Folding inwards, ending in a point. Covered with finer and shorter hair than on the body.
UKC
Set on a line with the eye, the ears are finely attached, end in a point, are slightly turned, and reach just to the end of the nose.

NECK

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FCI
Rather short and well muscled.
KC
Moderately short, muscular.
UKC
Muscular, and rather short.

BODY

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KC
Length of body being measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock exceeds height at withers at a ratio of 10:9. Chest fairly wide and deep reaching to elbow. Ribs well sprung and carried well back. Back short and broad. Loin muscular. Level topline. Underline rises only slightly towards rear.
UKC
The chest is deep and broad, and the ribs are rather rounded. The back is short, broad and firm. The loin is broad and muscular, and there is only a slight tuck up.

Back

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FCI
Short 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. Medium length, thick at the base tapering to the tip. On the move, tail is active and carried in a gentle sickle curve above the line of the back.
UKC
Medium length and thick at the base, the tail is carried slightly sickle fashioned. It has bristly hair and swings from side to side when the dog is in action.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
The limbs have good bone and are well poised.
KC
Shoulders sloping, elbows set well under. Forearms straight, slight slope to pasterns. Strong bone.
UKC
The shoulders are sloping.

Shoulder

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FCI
Oblique and well set on the thorax.

Elbow

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FCI
In line with the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The elbows are in line with the body. The legs are straight, with good bone. The pasterns are slightly sloping.

Forearm

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FCI
Vertical.

Pastern

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FCI
Seen in profile, somewhat oblique. Seen from the front, in line with the body.

FEET

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KC
Compact, well arched with strong nails. Pads firm and hard.
UKC
Compact, with tight, well arched toes and hard pads.

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 legs are parallel, neither close nor wide.
KC
Moderately angulated with long, well muscled first and second thighs. Legs parallel when viewed from behind.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The legs are long and muscular. The hocks are well let down and moderately bent. The rear pasterns are 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
Supple and even, never bouncy.
KC
Sound, supple, easy and active.
UKC
Supple and even, with no bounce.

SKIN

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FCI
Rather thick, supple. Absence of dewlap.

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
Rough, harsh, rather short, never woolly or curly. Furnishings on eyebrows and muzzle not too dense. No obvious signs of trimming.
UKC
Very rough, harsh, and rather short. The face should not be too bushy.

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
From golden to red wheaten.
UKC
Any shade of fawn, from golden to red. A few black hairs are tolerated, as is a white star on the chest.

SIZE

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KC
48 – 56cms (19 – 22 ins), with a tolerance of 2cms (¾ in).

Height at withers

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FCI
Males and Females: 48 cm minimum (19”); 56 cm maximum (22”), with a tolerance of 2 cm (0.8”) for exceptional specimens.
UKC
Height at the withers for both males, and females is from 19 to 22 inches.

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. Topline not level enough. Too tucked up.
Tail Out of line.
Limbs Poor bone. Splayed feet.
Coat Sparse, smooth, fine, soft.
UKC

Muzzle: Pendulous lips.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Coat: Woolly or curly coat. Sparse, smooth, fine coat.

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.
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. Overshot or undershot. The presence of dewclaws.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot.
Feet: The presence of dewclaws.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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