All information about the Basset Hound Dog breed
- Origin: France
- Group: Hound
- Weight: 20 – 30 kg
- Height: 28 – 38cm
- Colors: brown, black and white
- Training: independent yarn
- Care: Short and soft fur
- Health: Predisposed to auricular problems
- Puppies: 5-10
- Average age: 9 to 15 years old
- Other names: Basset, Hush Puppy, Basset Hound dog
They descend from an old breed and their ancestor is St Hubert’s Fowler from France, a hunting dog trained to sniff out the hount, not kill him. The monks at Saint Hubert’s Monastery in Medieval France wanted a short-legged dog, able to sniff out hunting in wild forests, hunting being one of the great preoccupations at the time.
It was raised mainly by nobility for hunting, but it gained popularity among the masses after the French Revolution. Initially, they were used to hunt rabbits.
Basset Hound Dogs are for the first time mentioned in 1585 in a hunting text. Later they became more known as pets.
Currently, Bassets are represented by 5 breeds, three with short hair and two with harsh hair:
– Basset Hound;
– Basset Artesien Normand;
– Basset Bleu de Gascogne;
– Basset Fauve de Bretagne;
– Basset Griffon Vendeen, who subdivides into Mic and Big.
This last breed – a basset with a harsh, especially duller hair has won the public’s sympathy over the past years, many of them being preferred for the 1st place of the group VI at various international competitions.
Basset Hound’s Food
Basset Hound breed is one of the very few breeds of dogs that tend to eat a lot, risking their small stomach to twist and swell, in which case an emergency surgery is needed. That’s why it’s recommended to give them 2-3 smaller meals a day instead of a big one.
Fresh water must be always present.
Basset Hound’s Aspect
Basset Hound breeders are recognized for the appearance of their sad face permanently due to excessive wrinkles, many consider this characteristic as part of the race charm. He is a medium-sized dog with short legs, a strong and heavy bosom against his waist, a long body, wide and deep chest, thick and strong neck.
It has a large head, round skull, flat tample, long snout with a large and black nose. The eyes are medium-sized, dark in color, with the lower eyelid hanging and sad looking. The ears are large, long, dropped in free folds and bent inwards.
The tail is long, thick at the base and pointed at the top, curved slightly at the top. The coat has a soft, smooth, short and thick hair. It can have any color specific to hounds, but more common is the combination of brown, black and white.
Basset Hound’s Behavior
Basset Hound breeds are kind of sweet and gentle that conquers anyone, they are staggering and behave exemplary, do not bark excessively, do not cause ruin in the home. She loves to be in the grace of the master to whom she has a special affection and loyalty. They tend to be stubborn, so it’s important to be taught chicks to respond to orders.
They are recognized as being among the most friendly dogs, are not reserved for foreigners, they quickly bind friendships. If you have small children and other pets, the Basset Hound is the perfect choice. He attaches himself very strongly and hates being left alone, so if the Basset Hound dog is left for a long time every day in the absence of the ideal family, it is recommended to own another pet to keep them from feeling lonely.
Basset Hound loves to interact with people and spend as much time in their company. Although they love food and are less energetic than other breeds, Basset Hound dogs will regularly practice exercise if the master takes a close look at this aspect. Most of the dogs in this breed adore the activities that call for their physical and workforce strength, such as long walks on rugged terrain.
Adore to participate in games that require their finest smell and sharp hear. Like other races, Basset Hound dogs can be difficult to train due to native stubbornness, many will execute the order if they are offered a food reward, but they will forget what they were meant to do when the food is missing. Basset Hound have a remarkable reaction speed and are ingenious when it comes to stealing food. They bark when they want something or when they want to suggest that they think something is wrong.
Basset Hound’s Training
Basset Hound dogs have an independent thread, so dogs do not immediately respond to your orders. A consistent approach with a lot of patience can give amazing results.
Never bring a young Basset Hound to exhaustion on long walks. Young dogs need all the energy to form a strong body.
Basset Hound’s Peculiarities
It adapts to apartment life, but daily walks are mandatory. It is an active dog and if it were after him, like the rest of the dogs would prefer the yard. Thanks to its large package of muscles and thin skin, it prefers warm climates.
On average, the female has 5-10 puppies.
Basset Hound’s disease
Because of their long ears, they are prone to auricular problems, should be avoided cutting their ears through tarnish or food to prevent ear infections. Rarely may have glaucoma, hip dysplasia, patellar dislocation.
Rigorous hygiene of the ears must become a routine. The weight of the Basset Hound should be monitored because a weight excess accentuates any muscular and skeletal problems.
Life expectancy is 9 to 15 years.