Thinking about purchasing a Basset Hound? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Basset Hound breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Basset Hound owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Basset Hound and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Basset Hound Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Basset Hound and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Basset Hound Breed Profile
Known as the "Hush Puppy" dog they have the head of a Bloodhound and the body of a Dachshund. The name "Basset" is derived from the French word bas, meaning "low thing" or "dwarf." The Basset Hound is a short-legged dog, heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed of dog. Basset Hounds' heads are wide and have loose, saggy and wrinkled skin. They have long, broad ears and drooping eyelids, often creating cartoon-like expressions from which a few cartoon versions of the Basset Hound have been created. Their coats are short and smooth. Movement is humorous looking and slow, but not clumsy. Bassets are much longer than they are tall, but are actually not small dogs. Bassets are simply large dogs on little legs. Basset Hounds are mild, never sharp or timid in manner but sometimes can be stubborn. They also can be vocal at times with their charming deep, sonorous bark. A lovely and amusing household pet for people with a good sense of humor. In A Midsummer Night's Dream written by William Shakespeare, the ancestral breed of the Basset Hound is described as "So flew'd, so sanded; and their heads are hung with ears that sweep away the morning dew; Crook-knee'd and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian bulls; Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells...". The Basset Hound is essentially a hunting dog with strong natural instincts and will power. The Basset's tracking skills are excellent in that their scenting abilities are only second to that of a Bloodhound. Basset Hounds are generally very vocal, and love to bawl. Gentle and loving to their master and family, they make a wonderful family companion.
Height: 13 - 15
black, white and tan, but occasionally lemon and white. They can be any Hound
Hounds are independent, good natured, sociable, and gentle. They can be stubborn
when on the scent of an animal, especially deer, in that they are adamant about
tracking the scent.
Watch-dog: High - Suspicious
Basset Hound Care and Training:
Minimal grooming of the Basset Hound's coat is needed. They can be massaged
or brushed gently to remove dead hairs. Carefully attention should be paid to
their long ears. Basset Hounds should be taught basic obedience persistently
during their early age as they can be self-willed and when their natural scenting
ability tempts them, they will go off in hot pursuit. Plenty of moderate exercise
will help keep them fit and trim; long walks or scent games are best for Basset
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Medium. Bassets enjoy lounging inside with their family, but will
exercise if the opportunity is presented. Basset Hounds enjoy tracking games
that allow them to use their remarkable nose, as well as long hikes or walks.
Basset Hound Health Issues: Compared to other breeds, Basset Hounds are commonly more healthy. Basset Hounds tends to be obese, but this can and should be controlled with proper diet and exercise. Obesity can cause spine and leg problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia. Ears are susceptible to infections, as well as the eyes to glaucoma. May suffer from bloat and skin infections. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Bassets can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests. Puppies are often delivered by cesarean section.
Life Span: 10 - 13 years
(Few have lived past 14 years)
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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