Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs for blood tracks.
This breed descends, almost certainly, from a now disappeared breed: the "Great Brittany Fawn", of which this is the small copy. Its distant progenitors are common to all the other Hounds in France. This breed was officially recognized by the International Cynological Federation in 1951. It is currently widespread mainly in western France.
It is a medium-sized dog. It has a good bone and musculature, which gives a great impression of vigor and elasticity rather than distinction. Light in structure. This Hound has a flat head, with a barely hinted stop, a bit of a ram's nose, a prominent truffle and long curled ears. His coat has a very hard coat.
Quite stubborn and very tenacious. He is considered a perfect hunter of wild boars, foxes and wild rabbits, he combines courage with skill in work. His behavior with the family is exemplary. He behaves in austere way with strangers and very affectionate with children, with whom he is very available to play.
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne
Griffon Fauve de Bretagne puppy (photo www.akutya.hu)
Height: between 48 and 56 cm at the withers
(a tolerance of 2 cm more for exceptional subjects).
Trunk: high and wide chest. Ribs quite circled. Short and wide back. Wide, strong and well-muscled kidney. Belly slightly retracted.
Head and muzzle: rather elongated skull, marked occipital crest; seen from the front, the skull has the appearance of an arch flattened on the sides, which decreases in width up to the height of the eyebrow arches, which are not very marked. Elongated nasal bridge, straight or slightly sheepskin; little marked stop. Little accentuated lips; muzzle rather sharp than square.
Truffle: black or dark brown, nostrils well open.
Teeth: strong, white, complete in development and number.
Neck: fairly short and muscular.
Ears: finely attached at the level of the eye line, they barely reach the muzzle, end at the tip and are covered with a fine hair, finer than on the rest of the body.
Eyes: dark, brown, conjunctiva not apparent, lively look.
Limbs: vertical front legs. Vertical rear appendages; moderately angled hocks. Compact feet, with clenched toes. Well muscled thighs.
Pace: loose and easy, fairly fast.
Tail: carried slightly sickle, medium length, thick at the base, often herringbone and well thinned at the tip.
Hair: very hard, dry, short enough, never woolly or curled, not ruffled in the front of the head.
Allowed colors: fawn, the best shades are golden wheat and brick-red, sometimes with a white star on the chest.
Most common defects: fine and delicate appearance, broad skull, narrow skull, too noticeable eyebrow arches, pointed muzzle, hanging lips, low attached ears, hunched belly, prognathism, enognatism, too round thighs, weak and wide feet, carbonate coat, colors not allowed by the standard , incorrect movement, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.
curated by Vinattieri Federico - www.difossombrone.it