Basset Hound Dogs - Slow and Easy
But They Get The Job Done!
Background Of The Breed
No one can mistake the Basset Hound dogs with their woeful expression and placid demeanor. I think the term laid back was coined with this dog in mind.
It's hard to imagine this breed originating from a hunting background unless you know about their amazing scenting abilities which are second only to the Bloodhound.
Directly related to the French bassets and later imported and developed further in the UK, these dogs were
favored by both British and French royalty.
Bassets hunt in a pack and have been used to trail deer, as well as smaller game, including hares and pheasants.
With their short legs they are not too speedy, but they make up for this with tenacity and excellent stamina.
In recent years, their intelligence and entertaining nature has brought a great following and popularity as
Appearance, Coat And Care
: 13-15 inches
: 40-60 lbs.
: Black and tan and white; black and tan; white and tan
The coat is short, smooth, and dense. Due to the Basset's low slung body,
his coat and ears do tend to pick up the dirt. Regular brushing with a bristle brush
is necessary to remove loose hair and dirt as well as bathing on an "as required" basis.
Special attention to ear cleaning is a must because Basset's ears are generally warm and moist inside - just the conditions for bacteria, yeast or ear mites to flourish.
A gentle and natural ear cleaner
without the sting of alcohol will make the cleaning process easier and one your dog won't shy away from. Ear infections are no fun for a pet, preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid them.
An interesting side
note is that the Basset Hound's long ears were developed so as to disturb the dirt and lift the scent, as
they followed the trail of their prey.
Personality and Traits:
This is a very affectionate, loyal, warm-hearted and charming dog with great appeal. They are known to be
both brave and protective and are considered good watchdogs.
The Basset is an intelligent dog, but considered a bit difficult to housetrain. This breed is not quite as
fussy as other dogs about his crate and may not be too bothered if he soils in it. Owners should expect to
be patient, consistent and use a gentle approach. But, the good news is that once housetrained, Basset
Hound dogs are unlikely to forget their training.
As a family pet, the Basset Hound's exercise needs are moderate, but
unless you have them involved in outdoor field activities, they do need to get a walk for physical and mental stimulation, just like all dogs.
And even though they will readily accept a sedentary lifestyle, this breed has a tendency to become fat and 'heavens' - even lazy, so keep an eye on their waistline!
This dog will do fine in either an apartment or
house, as long as there is an outside area for exercise, or daily walks are taken.
A good family dog. The get along well with children of any age and are very
affectionate, but do make sure an adult is around whenever children are playing with pets.
Basset Hound dogs are an excellent dog breed for the elderly due to their mellow
disposition and moderate exercise needs.
Official Book Of The Basset
Origins of the breed, including information about the Basset Club of America, breed Standard,
conformation competition, Gallery of Winners, Obedience, Trial Winners, pack Bassets, health, and getting
your own Basset.
Lots of color illustrations.
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