Non-sporting Breeds

Tawny Brittany Basset

Tawny Brittany Basset
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 13-17 in (33-43cm)
Coat: Harsh and close
Color: Golden, wheaten, or fawn; white spot on neck or chest permissible

The Tawny Brittany Basset or, as it is more commonly known, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne, originated in Brittany, north-west France. It was developed from the Basset Griffon Vendeen and other short-legged bassets to track over moorland and other rough terrain, where it is fast and active. A pack of these first-rate fox hunters was maintained by Francis I of France in the 16th century, but by the mid-1800s the type had become all but extinct, possibly due to its somewhat headstrong temperament. Resembling a large, rough-haired Dachshund in appearance, this hound has large, pendulous ears, a rough close coat, and is described as being "dumpy overall." This short-legged, wire-coated hound has courage and a good nose. It requires a generous amount of exercise but its rough coat needs little attention.
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