basset fauve de bretagne breed information

common health issues

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

With intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) one or more of the discs that sit between vertebrae break down and their extruded contents bulge into the vertebral canal, pressing on the spinal cord. Symptoms range from mild back or neck pain to paralysis of the limbs. Mild IVDD can be managed medically, but severe IVDD cases require surgery to provide relief.

Epilepsy is a neurologic disease that manifests as seizures. Often epilepsy is idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause) and generally we see the onset between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Treatment for this life-long condition centers on controlling seizures with oral medication.

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne originated in Brittany, France. She is a scent hound descended from the now extinct Grand Fauve de Bretagne, which stood at about 30 inches at the shoulders. Over time, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne was bred down to its current short stature, but don’t let her shortness fool you – she is a powerhouse in the field, easily clearing the path while chasing game such as rabbits and wild boar.

When it comes to looks, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne favors the Basset Hound and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, except for her wiry coat. The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is an excellent hunting companion, but she also makes a wonderful house pet and show dog (though she is yet to be recognized by the American Kennel Club).

The dog as a whole is smart and friendly, and she makes an excellent companion dog to families. An avid hunter, she needs an outlet for her energy, but her grooming requirements are small. Occasional brushing (and maybe occasional stripping) is all that is needed to keep her wiry coat in check.

Though they may be small in stature, Basset Fauve de Bretagnes are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses they are prone to include joint problems such elbow and hip dysplasia; spinal problems such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD); and neurological problems such as epilepsy.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Basset Fauve de Bretagne inherits her mom’s bad hips or her dad’s bad back, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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