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overview of the Basset Hound Dog Breed
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Basset Hounds make great family dogs because of their calm, gentle nature and easy-going personality. They get along with other animals and humans of all ages. However, Basset Hounds can be stubborn and aren’t the best breed for first-time dog owners.
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Basset Hound temperament
Calm: Basset Hounds are patient, low-energy dogs. They can be real couch potatoes! However, Basset Hounds still need long walks and playtime with their owners to stay healthy! Basset Hounds have incredible endurance but are not fast and will not make a good running companion.
Friendly: Basset Hounds have an easy-going personality and love people, children, and other dogs. They do not like being left alone, and many people recommend having another dog companion for your Basset Hound.
Scenthound: Basset Hounds have a strong sense of smell. One whiff of something interesting, and they will wander away with their nose to the ground. For this reason, Basset Hounds should be kept on a leash or inside a fenced area when outside. Microchipping is also a good idea for Basset Hounds; this way, they can be identified if they ever get lost. You can positively channel their strong sense of smell with scent work, tracking, or search and rescue work.
Stubborn: All hounds were bred to be independent thinkers, which means that they sometimes have a mind of their own. Basset Hounds have a stubborn streak and need consistent, positive training.
Basset Hound Breed history
The first written mention of a Basset Hound was in an illustrated book about hunting in 1585. Basset Hounds were originally popular with the French Aristocracy, who loved hunting. Later, the Basset Hound became a practical hunting dog for commoners who couldn’t afford horses.
The Basset Hound was valued for its accuracy, persistency with scent tracking, and low-to-the-ground profile, which allowed it to get through thick brush and travel over rough terrain.
The Basset Hound was first presented at a dog show in England in 1875 but didn’t become popular until the 1880s. Around this time, Alexandra, the Princess of Wales, kept Basset Hounds in royal kennels, adding to their popularity.
Basset Hounds came to America in colonial times but weren’t recognized by the AKC until 1885.
The Basset Hound’s popularity reached new heights in America in 1928, when Time magazine featured a Basset Hound puppy on its front cover along with a story about the Westiniminer dog show written from the puppy’s perspective.
In the 1960s, an American shoe company called Hush Puppies used a Basset Hound as its logo and further increased the Basset Hound’s popularity.
Basset Hound Average size
Basset Hounds measure up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder. They weigh 40-65 pounds.
Average Basset Hound lifespan
Basset Hounds usually live for 12-13 years.
Basset Hound body features
Basset Hounds have several distinct features that make them easy to recognize!
You probably are familiar with the Basset Hound’s massive drooping ears and sad eyes. Some other features you’ll notice when meeting a Basset Hound are their stocky, low-to-the-ground build, cone-shaped head, and long muzzle.
Basset Hounds are usually tri-color (tan, black, and white), black and white, brown and white, or red and white.
grooming Your Basset Hound Puppy
A Basset Hound’s long ears can become infected from poor air circulation in their inner ear. Their ears should be wiped and cleaned once a week with a solution recommended by your vet. You’ll want to check their ears for ear infections consistently.
Bacteria can also become trapped in the wrinkles and folds of the Basset Hound’s skin, leading to skin infections. Wash your Basset Hound’s face and wrinkles with a warm cloth. Be sure to dry the inside of the wrinkles too.
Basset Hounds have oils on their skin that can give them a “doggy” smell. If this bothers you, you can bathe them once a week. However, other than their doggy smell, they are pretty clean dogs!
Your Basset Hound will also need its nails trimmed and teeth brushed regularly.
Keeping Your Basset Hound Puppy Healthy
While Basset Hounds are generally healthy, it’s important to be aware of conditions that may affect your dog.
Bloat in Basset Hounds
Bloat is when the stomach becomes twisted, and the gases in the stomach are unable to escape. The pressure from these gases affects the blood flow to the heart, and it can be fatal.
To prevent bloat:
- Avoid feeding your dog right before or after heavy exercise.
- Feed them a few smaller meals a day instead of one large meal to prevent bloat.
- Learn to recognize the symptoms of bloat so you can take action immediately.
Some owners choose to have surgery done to tack their dog’s stomach in place and prevent it from twisting.
Protect Your Basset Hound from Obesity
You can protect your Basset Hound from one of the most common health problems: obesity. One of the best ways to extend your dog’s life is by feeding them the correct amount of food and giving them adequate exercise.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Like all dog breeds, they are at risk for hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues in dogs.
Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the thigh bone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip and can result in limping, lameness, or arthritis if it’s not addressed.
Hip and elbow dysplasia can be genetic, or it can be caused by environmental factors such as overeating or injuries.
Here are some ways to prevent hip dysplasia in your puppy:
- Ask the breeder for an OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Hip Clearance. Dogs with hip dysplasia shouldn’t be bred.
- Talk to your vet about the right food for your puppy and stick to the correct amount to prevent unhealthy growth.
- Keep your puppy from running or jumping excessively on hard surfaces and from standing on their hind legs.
Typical Basset Hound Allergens
First of all, what causes allergies?
Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells. Both animals and humans shed these dead skin cells. Dander is attached to the fur that dogs shed.
Basset Hounds are moderate shedders and are not considered an allergen-friendly breed. Allergens can be lowered with regular brushing and bathing.
If you or someone in your home has animal allergy concerns, please consult your health provider before adopting a puppy.