Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, Fawn Brittany Griffon Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group FCI - Scenthounds
Breed Appearance The Brittany Fawn is a medium sized
dog, 19-22 ins, (same for males and females) at the withers, with a
distinctive rough (shaggy) pale coat, long drop ears, and a long
tail carried up and in a slight curve. The body is short backed. The
breed should appear bony and muscular. Color of the coat can be any
shade of fawn from golden to red.
Breed Description Head: Fairly long skull, never flat.
Pronounced occipital peak. Long, straight or slightly curved
nosebridge. Stop not very pronounced in the Brittany Fawn Griffon,
more pronounced in the Brittany Fawn Basset. Nose black or dark
brown. Ears: Set on at eye level, nearly reaching the
muzzle when outstretched, turning slightly and with a pointed tip.
Covered with close-lying hair. Eyes: Dark brown.
Body: Vigorous. Compact in the Brittany Fawn Basset. Fairly
short, muscular neck. Tall, broad chest. Fairly rounded ribs. Slight
tuck-up. Tail: Carried loosely in sickle fashion, medium
in length. Thick at the base, tapering toward the tip, often tufted.
Hair: Very hard, crisp, fairly short, never woolly or frizzy.
Foreface should never be bushy. Coat: Fawn. The best
shades are wheaten gold and brick red, sometimes with flashings on
the chest. Size: - Brittany Fawn Griffon: dog: 50 to 56
cm (19.7-22 in); bitch: 48 to 52 cm. (19-20.5 in).- Brittany Fawn
Basset: 32 to 38 cm. (12.5-15 in). Weight: -
Brittany Fawn Griffon: approx. 23 kg. (51 lb).- Brittany Fawn
Basset: approx. 15 kg. (33 lb).
History The Great Brittany Fawn, which currently comes
in two varieties—the Brittany Fawn Griffon and the Brittany Fawn
Basset—is a very ancient breed. It was once used in famous large
packs, such as that of Anne de Beaujeu, the daughter of King Louis
XI. These spirited, strong-willed, yellowish- and reddish-fawn dogs
standing 60 to 65 cm tall were the best wolf hunters around. The
breed nearly went extinct in the late nineteenth century, when
wolves became scarce. Crossbreeding produced a more lightweight
hound, the Brittany Fawn Basset, for which the first standard was
established in 1921. The Brittany Fawn Griffon—a medium-sized
version of the Great Brittany Fawn—was declared extinct in 1928. But
after World War II in 1949, a Medium-sized Brittany Fawn club was
created. In 1981, the club saved the breed when it decided to
include the Brittany Fawn Griffon (now the breed’s official name),
standing 48 to 56 cm tall at the withers, and the Brittany Fawn
Basset, standing 32 to 38 cm tall. The rapidly increasing popularity
of these varieties, especially the basset, is encouraging.
Behavior The Great Brittany Fawn gave its modern-day
descendents its hardiness, courage, vigor, spirit, speed, keen nose,
strong will, and independent personality. The Brittany Fawn Basset,
with his difficult character and stubbornness (crosses with the
Vend�e Griffon Basset have calmed him down), hunts alone, in pairs,
in small groups, or in packs. He works in thickets, and rabbit is
his specialty. When well-trained, he makes a good bloodhound. The
Brittany Fawn Griffon is a very courageous, excellent pack leader
with a glorious voice. He excels at wild boar and fox. Some also use
him on hare and deer. Both varieties are calm and affectionate with
their owner. These strong-willed hounds need firm training.
Health No unusual health problems or claims of
extraordinary health have been documented for this breed. The
breed's ideal temperament is described in the breed standard as
being wily and tenacious as a hunter on all terrains, but sociable
and affectionate with people. Temperament of individual dogs may
Advice The Brittany Fawn Griffon, raised chiefly in
packs, is usually kept in a kennel. The Brittany Fawn Basset can
live with his owner inside the house or in an outdoor run. Both need
space and lots of exercise, as well as regular brushing and
attention to the ears.