KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARD –  Basset Fauve de Bretagne

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Short legged, rough coated hound of moderate length.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Courageous, hardy, possessing a good nose. Very nimble in movement.

TEMPERAMENT:
Lively, friendly, and amenable.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Medium in length, well balanced, skull moderately domed, fair width. Occipital point well defined. Foreface of medium length, slightly arched, moderate stop. Underjaw strong and well developed. Nose black or very dark. Nostrils wide open.

EYES:
Slightly oval, neither too deep nor too prominent. Dark, hazel, no haw apparent. Lively expression.

EARS:
Set on level with the eye, extending to the nose when drawn forward, folding inwards ending in a point. Covered in finer, darker and softer hair than the body.

MOUTH:
Jaws, strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite. i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth, and set square to the jaws.

NECK:
Rather short and muscular.

FOREQUARTERS:
Forelegs straight, slight crook acceptable, well boned with strong pasterns. Feet turning neither in nor out. Shoulders slightly sloping

BODY:
Chest wide and deep, Sternum prominent. Ribs well rounded, carried well back. Level topline, strong loin

HINDQUARTERS:
Strong and muscular. Stifles well bent, hocks well let down with good angulation, turning neither in nor out. Just under the body when standing naturally.

FEET:
Tight, pads firm and hard. Short nails.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Quick, Striding out well.

TAIL:
Set on high, thick at the base, tapering to a point, reaching slightly beyond the hock when lowered. Carried like a sickle when moving.

COAT:
Very harsh, dense and flat. Never long or woolly.

COLOUR:
Fawn, golden-wheaten or red-wheaten. White spot on the chest is permissible.

SIZE:
Height at withers: 32 – 38 cms. (12.6 – 15 ins.)

FAULTS:
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in the exact proportion to its degree.

NOTE:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.