Griffon fauve de Bretagne
Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Jogging
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: unknown Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 10-14 years Rarity: Common Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Griffon fauve de Bretagne (Fawn Brittany Griffon) is a medium size scent hound, originating in Brittany area in France. This breed is among the oldest French hound breeds and have accompanied hunters since 16th century. These dogs were used to hunt wolves and other game. Once a popular hunting companion, this breed suffered a decline in numbers when wolves became scares. In 1949, a club was formed by to save the breed from extinction and keep its qualities pure. This breed has now established its name among French scenthounds along with its shorter version, the Basett fauve de Bretagne. This medium size dog is bony and muscular dog that is very adaptable to different terrain. The dog is an active, tireless and weather resistant breed that shows in compassionate attitude when hunting. It stands between 19-22 inches. The dog has long and broad skull with a slightly tapering muzzle. Black or brown coloured nose has wide open nostrils. Lively and expressive eyes are neither deep set nor protruding and come in brown colour. The fine ears are set in line with the eyes and are moderately long. Neck is rather short but well muscled. The short backed body has deep and broad chest with rounded ribs and broad and muscular loin. Medium length tail is carried in a sickle fashion. The tail is carried above the top line when the dog is in action. This breed has a unique shaggy coat that often comes in pale colouring. This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI and UKC.
This dog comes in any shade of fawn, from golden to red. A few black hair sparsed on back and ears are acceptable while an occasional white star on chest may be seen but not favored.
The shaggy coat is very rough, short, harsh but never curly or woolly.
A tenacious and impassioned hunter, the Griffon fauve de Bretagne is very adaptable to different terrain and quarry. Though still used in the country of its origin, France, for hunting wild boars, hares, fox and roe deer, the dog is gaining popularity as a family companion through its affectionate and loving characteristics. The dog is courageous, intelligent, sociable and people friendly. It has an even temperament which makes it a good natured family pet that is second to none. This dog is very human oriented and likes to be with its master. Loyal and affectionate, this breed will get along well with children and other dogs in the family. The Griffon fauve de Bretagne is not only an apt hunter but also makes a great family pet.
Shaggy coat may require regular grooming to remove dead hair from the coat. Bathe only when needed. The dog should be checked for ticks and burrs that may have stuck to its coat during hunting expedition.
Intelligent and eager to please, the dog can be trained through gentle yet firm and consistent training. The owner should display packleader qualities to win respect of the dog and make it follow the instructions.
As a working dog, lots of exercise is required for this breed. The dog is best suited to a family with a yard where it can play and run as it likes.