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Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
Fawn Brittany Griffon
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne No. 66
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The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne (FCI No.66)
translated into English as the Fawn Brittany Griffon, is a breed of dog of the scenthound type, originating in France in the region of Brittany.
The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is a medium sized dog, 48 to 56 cm
(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. Colour of the coat can be any shade of fawn from golden to
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne were used in packs for hunting wolves and
wild boar, and
I was known to keep a pack of Griffon Fauve de Bretagne.
With the elimination of wolves in the nineteenth century, they
nearly became extinct.
In 1949, Marcel Pambrun founded the Club de Fauve de
Bretagne to save the remains of the breed that had been kept
alive by a few farmers and hunters. Since
the 1980s the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne and the derived breed, the
Basset Fauve de Bretagne, been successfully restored in numbers and
are popular hunting dogs.
The breed is a good hunting dog, still used in France to hunt
boar, but is also a good family dog.
Examples of the Griffon Nivernais have been exported to other
countries, where they are promoted as a rare breed for those seeking a unique
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 vary.