Basset Hound

Basset Hound information

The Basset Hound is from the hound family. The breed has been used by many generations for hunting rabbits and wild boars. Like all hound dogs, the scent of the Basset Hound is very sharp and he can easily track his preys.

The ancestors of the Basset Hound come from a French monastery where Saint Hubert dogs were bred by monks. After the sixteenth century, Basset became very popular thanks to hunters growings interest in this particular dog breed. In 1863, the first couple of Basset arrived in Britain. In 1880, the UK kennel gavethe name of Basset Hound to the breed.

Nowadays, a lot of people adopt Basset Hounds as family pet only. They are reputed to be good natured dogs, very friendly with their owners.

Basset Hound characteristics

The Basset Hound has short legs and a long body. Their long ears are dropped. Basset Hounds usually measures between 12 to 15 inches and weighs from 23 to 29 kilos. Basset Hounds have a short-haired coat. Their coat is generally tricoloured white, tan and black. Other colours include red and white, honey and white.

Basset hound temperament

The Basset Hound breed was originally bred as a hunting dog. Being part of the hound family, Basset Hounds are generally good in smelling and tracking small animals. Basset Hounds have kept a strong hunting instinct and will generally howl to notify their owners of a prey. This makes them very active dogs which require regular exercise. Being pack animals, Bassets Hounds need to understand the hierarchy of the household. As other pack animals, they associate the family members to their pack and generally favour one particular member of the family.

Basset hounds are good natured and friendly dogs. They usually make good family pets as they get along with children. They enjoy the company of their owners and do not like to be left alone.

Basset hound training

The training of a Basset Hound should start as early as possible. Due to their origins, Basset Hound puppies can be stubborn and, therefore, need consistency in their training. Positive reinforcement training generally works well with this breed also Basset Hounds will learn faster when getting a reward. When training a puppy, owners should remain patient and firm.

In an active family, a Basset Hound will be a very energetic companion who will enjoy going on long walks. When walking your dog, it is recommended to keep him on the lead because of its strong hunting instinct.

By nature, Basset Hounds are very patient and sociable animals. They generally get along with other dogs and are good companions for children. However, being very sociable animals, Basset Hounds can suffer from a lack of interaction with their owners and generally do not like to be left alone. Also it is not recommended to adopt a Basset Hound puppy if you fear you will not have enough time to train him.

Basset hound food habits

The Basset hound is a short-legged dog who has a very long and large back. These physical characteristics make his spine very sensible. To keep your dog as healthy as possible, it is necessary to have a good control of his diet and not to overfeed him.

Basset Hound puppies need to be fed with a good quality aliment in order to develop a strong bone structure. The dog breeder, from whom you have purchased your dog, should be able to recommend you a suitable dog food.

Basset Hound health

Basset Hounds are generally a healthy dog breed. Though, due to their body shape, they can be sensible to back problems and ears infections. To avoid your dog suffering from a spinal condition, it is necessary to control the animal diet and give him regular exercise. Also, having long floppy ears, Basset Hounds require regular ear inspection.

There are some other diseases which can affect the Basset hound breed such as:

  • Eye diseases: more and more Basset Hounds suffer from glaucoma.

  • Gastric torsion or bloat is also a health concern within the breed.

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