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Breed Profile: Basset Hound

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History:

Ancestors of the Basset Hound can be traced back to 16th century France. The breed was developed over several hundred years as a highly skilled hunter of small game - it is especially known for it's amazing sense of smell. The breed's name comes from the French word bas, which means "low." Bassets were once kept by the nobles and royalty. Eventually, their popularity spread to Great Britain.

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.

Size:

40-65 pounds

Colors:

Combinations of black, tan, white, red and other colors.

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

About the Breed:

The Basset Hound is a unique dog that is widely known for its droopy, puppy-dog face and eyes, long floppy ears, short crooked legs and long body. This super-sniffer is famous for it's keen sense of smell, which is compared to that of the Bloodhound.

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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