Griffon Fauve de Bretagne

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Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
Fawn Brittany Griffon
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Griffon Fauve de Bretagne No. 66
Origin France
Classification / standards
FCI Group 6, Section 1.2 Scenthounds: Medium-sized #66 standard
UKC Scenthound standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

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 red.[1]


Griffon Fauve de Bretagne were used in packs for hunting wolves and wild boar, and Francois I was known to keep a pack of Griffon Fauve de Bretagne.[2] With the elimination of wolves in the nineteenth century, they nearly became extinct.[2] 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.[3] 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.[1]

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 Fauve have been exported to other countries, where they are promoted as a rare breed for those seeking a unique pet.

Health and temperament[edit]

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.[1] Temperament of individual dogs may vary.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Breed Standard, English Archived 2010-11-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Clark, Anne Rogers; Andrew H. Brace (1995). The International Encyclopedia of Dogs. Howell Book House. p. 252. ISBN 0-87605-624-9. 
  3. ^ Club de Fauve de Bretagne, History (in French)

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