Basset Hound

Breed Group: Hound

Temperament and Behavior

A Bassett Hound thrives in a happy, patient household that appreciates a low energy dog who naps when left without something to do. These laid-back dogs are sociable and, when they are up to it, will frolic and play the role of clown. Gentle and affectionate, Basset Hounds are loyal to master and family. They also do well with strangers and are exceptional at calmly making new friends. With children these dogs are so forgiving they must sometimes be protected from kids who don’t know proper behavior with dogs. Just as social with other dogs as their family, for working owners, the company of another dog is the next best thing to having you there. But bred to hunt rabbits, they are not good companions for small furry pets. Healthy, trim Basset Hounds have good energy levels and need only moderate amounts of exercise. Because their legs are so short, they do not make good jogging partners. A daily walk, with frequent stops, is normally the best form of exercise. Their interest in following a scent, second in accuracy to only the Bloodhound, can lead them into dangerous situations such as the path of a car or an unfenced swimming pool. A secure area for off-leash roaming is strongly recommended. Their loud bay is used when excited. Despite their easy-going attitude, they make good watchdogs. But their friendly personality makes them poor guardians.
Physical Characteristics
A Basset’s coat is smooth and short. The coat color is either tri-colored or red and white. They shed all year long with the heaviest shedding in summer. Though weekly brushing will keep their coat clean and minimize shedding, they can be bathed as frequently as desired. Cleaning the inside of their ears once a week is also recommended. Large, hefty dogs, Basset Hounds possess more bone for their size than any other breed. Even though they are 15 inches or less at the top of the shoulders they weigh between 45 and 70 pounds. Some drool.
Trainer's Notes
Bassets excel at getting their way with innate resourcefulness. They can be stubborn but are easily motivated with food. Possessing great intelligence and sensitivity, they have a high desire to please. As a result, a reprimand or punishment can result in their behaving as if they do not hear commands. They make a fine choice for first-time dog owners and those who need a dog that is unfazed when left alone for much of the day. Their need for socialization is minimal.
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Basset Hound
Basset Hound
A significant number of Basset Hounds are affected by a number of inherited diseases including Hip Dysplasia which affects about one-third of all dogs. Up to 15% carry a blood platelet irregularity called Von Willebrand’s Disease. Another blood platelet disease, Thrombopathia, can also occur. As a result of their long, heavy body they are prone to joint and back problems including Panosteitis, OCD, and Intervertebral Disc Disease. Other significant health issues include Bloat, Glaucoma, and Hypothyroidism. Their eyelids are also prone to both Ectropion and Entropion. Just as appealing as following a scent for hours is a day spent lounging. As a result, they have a tendency to become overweight. This should be avoided as it places additional strain on their back. Frequent jumping or stair climbing can also contribute to back problems. Basset Hounds generally live for 8 to 12 years.
Ranked 28th in popularity by the AKC, there are typically about 8,000 dogs registered in a years time.
Breed History
The Basset Hound originated in sixth-century France, a country known for many hounds. Most of these hounds had a tall version as well as a short-legged size under sixteen inches which were called “basset” (bas in French means low-set). Both the Basset Hound and its long-legged cousin, the Bloodhound, are thought to be descendants of the famed St. Hubert Hounds. The Friars of the French Abbey of St. Hubert played an instrumental role in the development of the breed. It was there that a dog was bred with a lower set and slower moving so that it could be followed on foot when hunting. The Basset Hound is a preeminent scent hound tracking through by using its nose.
Additional Information
Some notable individuals who have owned Basset Hounds include Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood, Rex Harrison, and Arthur Miller. The National (US) Breed Club is the Basset Hound Club of America

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