I am a new breeder of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne in Australia.
My first Fauve is DANE
Australian Champion Arendt Danish Surprise.
Dane came to me as a 10 week old puppy from Victorain breeder, Katherine Wishart and her Arendt combination of the now Grand Champion Sverdrups Yvon ( imported from Denmark) and Aust Ch, Xkaliba Carla Bruni . I have shown Dane in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales in Australia. Occassionally we take a road trip to country areas to campaign the breed. Dane gained his Australian Championship title by 10 months of age. Dane is currently past the quarter mark to his Grand Championshiip.
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is affectionally known as a " Fove "
The Basset Fauve de Bretagne originates from Brittany in France. A small lively hunting dog of the French in the 1800's and 1900's. This breed was used to track small game ( rabbits, deer, pigs ) and is still used in Europe as a hunting dog today. As this breed has a high scent tracking drive, they are very prey scent driven when out and about making it necessary to maintain them on a lead, unless recall is learnt very early.
As a family dog they are affectionate, love to be near you if not on your lap, next to you or at your feet.
The Fauve can be a staunch defender of your property but also welcome everyone into your home with love and cuddles.
In the next few years we will seek for Dane some girlfriends from Europe to expand the gene pool in Australia , which at present is limited. There are only about 35 Fauves in Australia as at 2013. And less than half of these Fauves are being shown.