Frequently Asked Questions

What grooming is required?

Some Basset Fauve de Bretagnes have more coat than others. Both are correct if the coat is coarse. Combing weekly with a fine tooth comb followed by brushing with a boar bristle brush and frequent nail trims are all most dogs need. Longer dead coat can be plucked or stripped twice a year.

Do they shed?

Some shedding occurs, but if groomed regularly, it is minimal.

Do they smell?

Typically Basset Fauve de Bretagnes have little or no odor. When they find a skunk in the brier patch or they roll around in horse manure, Basset Fauve de Bretagnes require bathing.

Do they have health problems?

Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are very healthy little dogs. In Europe and in the US, few problems have been reported, such as minor skin allergies, cardiac issues, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, limp tail syndrome (a temporary sporting dog syndrome), and glaucoma. In the US, health problems are rare with the genetic marker for glaucoma having been identified and seasonal allergies being the most worrisome. When cared for, Basset Fauve de Bretagnes can live to be 16 years old or older.

How much exercise is required?

Basset Fauve de Bretagnes minimally require a good brisk walk twice daily. They are not content to be banished to a fenced yard, as they are very social and intelligent. They much prefer to be an important member of the family pack and with some exercise are willing to snuggle for hours.

Are they noisy?

Typically Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are not nuisance barkers. They will alert you to company at the door and ready to give voice when a rabbit is spotted.

Are they easily trained?

Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are very intelligent! They excel in performance events such as nosework, obedience, agility, tracking, search and rescue, and weight pull as long as they believe it is their idea. They have soft temperaments, a stubborn streak, and respond best to positive reinforcement.

Why should I spay my dog?

Spaying/Neutering eliminates head cycles, hormone-driven humping, wandering, unwanted puppies, testicular infections, cancer, and the continuation of genetic medical conditions. Mammary Gland Cancer seldom develops in dogs spayed before their first full heat cycle.

Will spaying/neutering make my dog fat and lazy?

No. Obesity is caused by excessive calorie intake. Weight can be controlled by proper feeding and exercise.

Will spaying/neutering change my dog's personality intelligence?



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