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Basset Hound Dog Breed

Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is renowned for being as stubborn as a mule!

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Origin: Bred in England from French Artois Bassets

Breed Purpose: Hunting

Kennel Club Dog Group: Hound

Height: Dog, 30cm – 38cm. Bitch, 28cm – 36cm

Weight: Dog, 23kg – 29kg. Bitch, 20kg – 27kg

Lifespan: 10-12 years

Exercise Needs: The Basset Hound may look forlorn and sleepy but in reality they are dynamic hunting dogs and as such need plenty of daily exercise. At home they sleep for most of the time but out on a walk they spring into life and become intensely active dogs. Unless hunting they do not like going in water. Bassets should be discouraged from jumping as this puts too much stress on their bones.

Diet & Feeding Needs: The Basset has a healthy appetite but has a tendency to put on weight so care should be taken not to overfeed. Food and water bowls should be raised as this dog is susceptible to Bloat and raising the bowls helps to keep the long ears from getting dirty.

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Health Problems: Bassets are prone to certain growth problems such as osteoporosis and a valgus condition (an exaggerated twisting of the legs) Lameness can be a problem because of the long body and short legs. They also may suffer with ear and eye problems. Ears need cleaning daily to remove any dirt or debris that may have collected within the folds. They do drool and have a distinctive “doggy” smell about them.

Physical Description: This distinctive looking dog has a large head with a round skull and a pronounced occiput. The muzzle is parallel to the top of the skull and the skin falls in folds on the head. The velvety ears are extremely long and curl inwards reaching beyond the nose. The eyes have a characteristic sad expression and show a prominent haw. The lips have loose flews and the dog has a pronounced dewlap. The body is long and low-set with a deep chest. The tail is strong at the base and tapers towards the tip. The coat is smooth and dense and the coat colours are three colours of black/tan/white or two colours of lemon/white.

Basset Hound Dog Breed Summary:

Basset Hounds have an unusual character and appearance and will attract attention wherever they go.

Bassets are said to have the look of an old philosopher and their melancholy expression hides the fact that this is a dog that loves to run around and play.

They are gentle, peaceful and intelligent but can also be over-sensitive and obstinate. Basset Hound training must begin early and any Basset Hound puppy should be well-socialised while at a susceptible age.

The Basset is intuitive and can sense any weakness on the part of the owner and will be quick to take advantage of it. The owner should never respond to the Basset's stubbornness with anger as this will always be counter-productive. Firm and consistent training will produce a dog that respects its owner's authority.

They do not take well to being left alone for long periods so this is not a breed for the workaholic. It is also said that the Basset is difficult to housetrain, that they dislike travelling in cars and are very noisy snorers!

Bassets make a loving companion for anyone that has a genuine respect for the breed's qualities.

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