A Basset Hound is a dog breed which originates from France. It belongs to the hound family and are recognized for their short legs and long bodies. They are scent hounds and have been developed and used for mainly that purpose. Their sense of smell is second only to greyhounds. Originally they have been used to hunt rabbis but they were use was then expanded to other small game. Now, there are 6 forms of recognized Basset Hound breeds. Their name actually is derived from French as “bas” means low, perfectly explaining their stance.
Basset Hound History & Origins
The history of the modern Basset Hound starts with hunting shorthaired dogs brought to France from Britain. The dogs were developed there at first in the 19th century and they made its way to France next. The earliest descendent of the Basset Hound is the St. Hubert’s hound. This was a hunting breed which was developed in 6th century Belgium. And the St. Hubert was actually developed from the Laconian, a Spartan type of a breed brought from Greece.
The Basset Hound was initially developed in France for the purpose of hunting. Although they already had dogs which they used for hunting before and gave them a similar name, it was the breeding that they made in the final process that brought to the modern version of the dog. Bassets are great sniffers and their keen sense of smell is valued all over the world today.
Characteristics & Temperament
A Basset Hound is a great family pet. They are loveable, gentle and very friendly. They are outgoing and enjoy spending time with kids, so it is pretty safe to let your kids play with the dog. Basset Hounds get along well with other animals and dogs. They rarely get derailed and upset, but what really makes them excited is when they find a good scent, as they are initially scent hounds. You can keep them inside they house and they make great watch dogs.
Like all other hound breeds, the Basset Hound can be a bit stubborn to train. So when training them you have to have patience. The best way to influence them is by using positive methods. Give them rewards and use mild tone. Make sure that you give them early socialization with other dogs, people and situations. This will ensure that you get a well-rounded dog.
A Basset Hound is a pack dog and like that can get bored and depressed if left alone. The dog prefers hanging out with the owner or the family. But if you really do not have so much time to spend with it, you can also get another dog as they do not mind it.
Basset Hound Appearance, Colors, Size
The Basset Hound has a very distinguishing look. Generally they are a bigger breed of dog. They have long bodies and short legs. They are also characterized by big droopy ears which fall on the side of their heads and big droopy eyes as well. In the back you will notice a curled up sabre tail. As they are related to bloodhounds they also have the same wrinkled skin. As they skin is saggy and kind of fall down, they often appear as sad even though they are very lively in nature.
They have a short-haired coat, which is very smooth and soft. There are many coat colorations and all of them are acceptable. The most usual colors options are tricolors ones with black, white and tan, or bicolor with tan and white.
They usually stand at 30 to 38 cm for males and between 28 and 36 cam for females. Their weight spans from 25 to 34 kg for male dogs and 20 to 29 kg for females.
Basset Hound Health
The Basset Hounds generally do not have serious health problems. This means that their lifespan is estimated to somewhere between 10 to 11 years, depending on the health of the dog. What affects them the most are problems with their ears. Their ears cover up the side of their heads which does not allow air to go properly through them. This is the main reason why infections occur and to prevent it you have to clean them out regularly.
Because of their droopy eyes, they are also susceptible to having eye infections. Other problem that may occur include yeast infections, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus and paralysis, as well as many bone and joint injuries that they are prone to.
Grooming & Shedding
A Basset Hound is very easy to groom. They do shed all year long but their thick coats repel water and dirt. This is why they do not shed so much and you can maintain them quite easily. Baths are completely unnecessary and you can do the probably once a year. On the other hand, if a dog gets particularly stinky or rolls up on something nasty you can do an unscheduled one. Brushing their coats will ensure that they shed less and will also keep them clean and neat.
But what you have to take seriously is their early and mouth hygiene. Since they can have problems and get infections you particularly have to pay special attention to their ears. Dental hygiene is also important. Mind their eyes and also clean them from time to time as they can also get infected due to the wrinkles around them.
Basset Hound Price and Breeders
Besides being available in France, Basset Hound breeders are located in all of the countries where people hunt small game. Established breeders have done a great job to popularize and spread the breed around the world. They are still used for their high ability of sensing their preys. If you want to get a puppy, you will have to spend somewhere between 300 and 500 dollars for a puppy.
Rescuing a Basset Hound is a popular alternative choice for many people. If you want to get a dog which will act as a family pet, rescuing is always a great alternative than buying one. Buying a puppy can get pretty expensive particularly if a dog comes with a pedigree. So in order to see the offer which is available, try visiting the pages of ABC (All Bassets Cherished) Basset Hound Rescue, BROOD, Inc. (Basset Rescue of Old Dominion) and Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, Inc. for added information.