The Basset Hound, also sometimes called the “Hush Puppy”, is a British breed that descends from the French Stag Hound. It is a short and heavy set dog breed that only grows to be about 15 inches tall. Their weight should range between 40 and 60 pounds. They have a short dense coat that comes in white, tan, yellow, and black. Spots and masking are also common.
The Basset Hound is a loving, happy-go-lucky dog that makes a great family pet. They also respond well to other animals. The only thing you have to watch out for is male aggression towards other male dogs. In addition to making a great family pet they also work well as a watch dog.
To care for this breed you will need to brush their coat on a semi-regular basis. You will need to pay more attention to their ears. Because they have long floppy ears you will need to make sure that they stay clean. Some of the health issues that you will need to keep your eyes open for include obesity, spine problems, leg problems, ear infections, bloating, and skin infections. If you have a female Basset Hound who is going to have puppies you should plan for them to be delivered by cesarean section.
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The Basset Hound, the “Hush Puppies” breed, is an adorable and well-behaved dog that will melt your heart with its appearance and demeanor. It is also a breed of amazing ability for tracking scents.
Bassett Hound Origin
The Basset hound is very old breed of dog. They were originally developed in France to assist in hunting slow trailing game animals such as rabbits and hares. They are perfect as trail hunters because their slow quiet movements won’t easily scare game.
Their popularity was at its peak during the reign of Emperor Napoleon. The true fame of the Basset Hound began in 1863, when it was presented at the Paris Dog Show.
They got their name from the French word “bas” meaning “low” in reference to their low set appearance.
Bassett Hound Appearance and Abilities
Basset hounds are very low to the ground. They have short legs. Proportionally, they have heavier bones as compared to other dogs.
Their short build can be deceiving. They are actually long dogs and able to reach counter and table tops to reach food. However, their short limbs and heavy bones make them poor swimmers.
Their skin is extremely loose and falls in folds on their heads. They have long velvety ears that fall way below their noses. They have a naturally sad expression on their faces even when they are happy.
They have short and smooth coats and are accepted in many recognizable colors. There are no rules concerning about coat color and color distribution.
Basset hounds have impeccable sense of smell. Their scent keenness is at par with that of the Bloodhound. They are able to pick up scent from very far and can track its origin with tremendous resolve.
Temperament and Tendencies of the Bassett Hound
Naturally, Basset hounds are well-mannered and loving dogs. They are never vicious or aggressive as fairly suggested by their melancholic faces. They are very patient and friendly with children.
They are very vocal breeds. They tend to howl or bark if they want something or warn their owners about something. They can whine by murmuring a sound to get attention from their masters. It may sound like they are speaking sometimes.
Bassett Hound Training and Care
Basset hounds will prefer someone to lead them with natural authority. Most dogs battle for the alpha role but Basset Hounds actually prefer it if they are led by gentle consistency.
They respond well with to positive reinforcement. Train them by praising good behavior. Stubborn and wise creatures they are, they will not follow commands if they believe that there is some reward to go with it.
Bassets are rather difficult to train because they are easily distracted by their acute sense of smell. Training them needs persistence and must be done in an area with less distraction from scents.
Always monitor their feedings because overweight Basset hounds have low life spans. Too much weight will put grave pressure on their legs and spine. Vigorous exercise is not necessary but you should give Basset Hounds their daily dose of walks and soft play.
Grooming them is relatively easy. Occasional baths and brushes are adequate and shampoo only when necessary. Always clean their ears and clip their toe nails. Their nails, when not clip are sharp and can scratch you. Basset hounds also shedding constantly so make sure to brush them frequently.