The Griffon Fauve De Bretagne, also known as the Fawn Brittany Griffon, is a small breed of scent hound that originated in the region of Brittany, France. Its history can be traced back to the 19th century, where it was developed by crossing local hounds with various other breeds, including the Basset Griffon Vendeen and the Grand Griffon Vendeen. The breed was primarily used for hunting small game, particularly rabbits and hares, due to its excellent sense of smell and agility.
The Griffon Fauve De Bretagne is a generally healthy breed, but can suffer from ear infections, hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies, and eye issues. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following additional conditions: hyperuricosoria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.
The Griffon Fauve De Bretagne is known for its lively, intelligent, and affectionate nature. It is a friendly and social breed, getting along well with children and other pets, making it a great family companion. Due to its hunting background, this breed has a strong prey drive and may exhibit a tendency to chase small animals. Early socialization and consistent training are essential to ensure a well-rounded and obedient pet.
The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) on January 1, 1996.
According to the UKC, the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is one of the oldest of the French scenthound breeds. It is said that there was a pack in existence in the 14th century.
The Griffon Fauve De Bretagne has a wiry, dense, and harsh coat that provides protection while hunting through rough terrain. The coat's length is moderate, not overly long or short.