A lively dog developed in France for hunting rabbits and hare, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne is known for its well-developed scent-tracking skills, courage and friendly nature. Derived from the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne in the 1700s, the Basset Fauve had nearly vanished by the end of World War II. By breeding selected Bassets Griffons Vendeen and Standard Wirehaired Dachshunds with the few remaining Fauves, fanciers revived the breed. The modern Fauve retains its speed, dexterity and keen sense of smell, making it a good choice for agility, tracking and obedience competition. Daily exercise is a must for this affectionate breed that loves a lap just as much as a hunt. Great with kids, the Fauve makes a wonderful family dog.
Rare Dog Breeds
This eclectic group of ancient dog breeds is anything but ordinary. To describe the dog breeds in this group as “rare” is entirely relative. Many of them are hugely popular in their native countries. The powerful Fila Brasileiro is used throughout Brazil as a police dog and a hunter of…
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Hound Dog Breeds
Dog breeds in the Hound Group are used for recreational hunting, performance competition, therapy work, police and customs-inspection work, and, of course, as pets. Hounds are the world’s oldest specialized hunting dogs, documented for thousands of years. Their gracefulness, beauty and superlative hunting skills inspired ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and Greek…
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