The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound was used for hunting badger and rabbit and is a direct descendant of the 'Bloodhound' from the 'Hound Group'. Basset means "low-set" in French and they were, originally, from the region of Artois and Flanders. Today this adorable hound is commonly identified as the 'Hush Puppy' dog.
The Basset Hound has soft dewy eyes which can be prone to infection; it is advisable to regularly bath them with warm water to prevent a build up of dirt & grit. The long 'Velvet' ears are low set on the dogs head and should, also be checked and cleaned regularly. They are recorded as having the longest ears of any dog. The beautiful 'Hush Puppy' hound has a long wet nose and droopy lips with an abundance of loose skin, around their head and neck that they will never grow into. They have a long, heavy and powerful body, with short legs and this combination brings inherent problems for the breed. Stairs are not advisable because they put a, great deal, of strain on the spine. The 'Basset' ranges from 28cm to 38cm in size with the male dogs being the largest. The most common colour is the Tri-colour (black, tan and white), but lemon & white, red and white or full red are also popular. Like 'The Beagle' they have a long, upright tail with a white tip.
The Basset Hound is the 'Cool Dude' of the hound group and is suited to families with children or older people. Your 'Hush Puppy' will be a sweet, gentle and loyal family member as long as, time is put into early training. They may look like a 'push over', but they have a very stubborn streak and will 'pick the meek' very early in your relationship. Like any youngster, they will push the boundaries to see what they can get away with. Remember; "You are the Pack Leader" be confident and consistent and your Basset Hound will be a happy and contented member of your pack.
Their short coat is easily maintained and grooming is a snack because they love to be pampered, so you can fuss all you like. The Basset's lifespan is between 10 to 12 years of age if given the correct amount of exercise, love and attention, as well as being fed a well balanced diet.
Because of their conformation, it is imperative that The Basset is not overfed; It is essential to note that; the Basset Hound is prone to Bloat so, two or three small meals per day, are much more preferable than one large meal.
The Basset Hound requires regular daily exercise such as a daily walk. Remember, they are of the 'Hound Group' and have great stamina, but shouldn't be encouraged to climb or jump because of the weight on their back legs. Large secure spaces are ideal for the Basset to run and play, but, they should be walked on a harness when in a built up, suburban areas. Because of their inherent sense of smell, as soon as they get a whiff of something interesting, they are off and running, everything else becomes irrelevant and like the The Beagle, The Basset Hound will keep on going, giving no regard to their surroundings, such as traffic, while ignoring their other senses... hearing and sight.
The Basset Hound is the adorable 'Hush Puppy' dog we all love but sadly, the breed has inherent problems that must be considered if you are thinking that this particular dog, from the Hound Group, is the one for you. If you are not daunted by, and willing to accommodate the special needs of the Basset, you will be blessed with a loving and loyal addition to the family.
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