Breed Profile – Basset Hound
When looking for a forever dog, it’s best to research the different breeds so that the puppy’s or dog’s temperament is compatible with other humans or other animals in the house. YouTube, Google or the American Kennel Club may be great places to start your research. Additionally, talking with other specific breeders and owners can give a prospective pet parent an inside scope as to what to expect. Quality Breeders will most likely ask the questions, “So why a Basset Hound? And, have you ever had or know anyone who has had one?” If a gentle, laid-back, affectionate character is appealing, then a Basset Hound may be just for you!
Articles like this one show the comradery and social graces Basset Hounds possess.
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Interesting Attributes of a Basset Hound:
- Bassets were originally bred to hunt rabbits in France. They are also quite lovable and don’t mind wearing headbands and outfits picked out by their humans. At Easter, they may even resemble bunny rabbits and at Christmas reindeer.
- Bassets are typically only 14” tall. Their long ears and loose skin help them with tracking, along with their excellent sense of smell; which is 40 times greater than humans.
- A Basset would not be your typical lapdog with an average weight of 50 to 70 lbs.
- Basset Hounds make great Therapy Dogs and enjoy family time with humans and other pets. They tend to sleep a great deal of the time and don’t like to be left alone for too long. Their calm and affectionate nature makes them great companions for all ages.
- Basset Hounds are both highly intelligent and stubborn, sometimes with selective hearing. They tend not to be enthusiastic swimmers. However, there are exceptions!
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- A Basset’s long ears serve a purpose sweeping smells from the ground up toward the nose. And, to prevent infection cleaning inside the ear canal thoroughly with a cotton pad should occur once or twice a week.
- Bassets need a weekly brushing of their fur. They do shed like so many other dog breeds but not as much as long-haired dogs or cats.
- Most Bassets slobber and drool, and are champions of “slobber slinging,” so keep plenty of paper towels on hand at all times. And, a warning to friends and strangers; suggest that they step back to avoid getting sprayed with doggie drool.
- Bassets are known for their baritone voices and can howl when hungry. They may also howl to go outside to do their business, or if they hear strange noises coming from outside. Often they will be very vocal as if talking to their human parents.
- Basset puppies can exhibit about 15 minutes of insane energy and then want to take a nap. Older Bassets that lack young puppy energy seem to enjoy competing with their siblings or humans for the softest spot on the couch at nap time.
A Basset Hound is a generally relaxed, laid back dog that will be loving and loyal. His pleading gaze comes in handy when he wants a treat or when rules have been broken. Bassets have a reputation for being slow and lazy and enjoy gentle rambling walks.
Beware, these dogs can and will run off given the opportunity so an invisible electric fence with the appropriate collar for acreage works great. A leash and harness may be most appropriate if your Basset Hound lives in an area where there are parks, sidewalks, and grass.
Basset Hounds love most people and crave the attention of passersby. They have a short attention span and will follow their noses in a heartbeat. Positive training with keywords and a kind voice usually will stop them in their tracks.
To avoid health issues, breeders often suggest that water is added to quality dry grain-free food to help prevent bloat and to slow down their rapid eating habits.
Bassets thrive on a schedule and enjoy performing tasks as well, such as herding their humans to bed or letting their humans know that someone forgot to make the bed.
Depending on where you live, please keep in mind that a Basset’s biggest challenge may be going down the stairs!