Bassets were first brought to the US in the mid-to late 19th century and were officially recognized by the AKC in 1885. This unique and lovable breed has rained popular as both a hunter and companion.
About the Breed:
The Basset has a moderate energy level and calm demeanor. Because of these traits, the breed is sometimes thought to be lazy and aloof. Motivation and basic obedience training in conjunction with regular exercise can help keep the Basset engaged and prevent stubborn behavior.
Bassets have smooth, short coats with a moderate to high rate of shedding. The breed also has very elastic skin that may result in skin folds. Basic routine basic grooming is all that is needed for coat care. However, it is absolutely essential to pay close attention to ear care in order to prevent excess debris and infection. Any skin folds should be kept clean and dry to prevent irritation. Additionally, nails should be kept neatly trimmed - the breed's crooked leg joints combined with long nails can make it a struggle for the Basset to get around.
Overall, Bassets are lovable dogs that are wonderful companions and great family dogs. They tend to get along well with children and usually "go with the flow" if properly trained and socialized, fitting right in to all types of households.
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