The Basset Hound is usually known for being slow and lazy. However, these hunting dogs really enjoy long walks with their owners and lots of love and playtime. Basset Hounds are excellent tracking dogs and have been used throughout history for hunting and tracking. They loveable dogs enjoy spending time napping with their family and particularly enjoy exercising their magnificent sense of smell with games focused on mental stimulation.
Personality Of The Basset Hound
Due to their instinctive nature, the Basset Hound is a very friendly dog that is excellent with children and other pets; making them great family dogs. They are one of the most relaxed and good-natured dog breeds available in the world. However, even though they are great family dogs, they tend to be stubborn at times when they are told to do something that they do not want to do.
The Basset Hound is a breed that is known for its excellent tracking abilities. They enjoy tracking and sniffing as well as barking loudly while they are on the scent trail of animals. The Basset Hound is known for taking its time on walks; you may find that your Basset Hound has to stop every few feet to inspect a new smell that it encounters. As they are amazing trackers, they will continue to follow game until they lose their scent trail.
Beneath the sleepy appearance of a Basset Hound lies a highly intelligent animal that is quick to learn new tricks and obedience training. It is important to start training your Basset Hound puppy as soon as you bring him home. Even when these dogs are only eight weeks old, they are capable of learning everything that you teach them. If you do not begin training right away, your dog may become very stubborn and not be as easily trainable as it reaches adulthood. If you do not feel as comfortable training him yourself, you can enroll him in obedience training classes or puppy school to work on basic training and commands.
During this introduction phase, it is also important that you continue to socialize your puppy to ensure that it grows up to be a social adult dog that gets along well with other members of your family as well as other dogs.
Appearance Of The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is a fairly large dog that is both short and stocky in its build. They are known for their curved tails that are held high over their long backs. An adult Basset Hound typically weighs between 44 and 77 pounds. Relative to the size of the breed, they have a rather stocky build and are known for being “heavier-boned” than other dogs.
The dog’s short legs and long body allow it to run with grace and power. They are typically seen running with their noses to the ground as they are always looking to pick up a scent trail. Their tight and thick coat comes in a variety of colors and protects the dog while hunting or out on daily excursions. Experts have concluded that the long ears and wrinkled appearance of the dog help in trapping scents. The Basset Hound’s skull is characterized by its large and long nose. Their amazing tracking ability is second only to the Bloodhound.
History And Origin Of the Basset Hound
The Basset Hound breed first appeared around the 16th century, as it was cited in a text about badger hunting. However, people have used dogs similar to the Basset Hound since ancients times for hunting and tracking; there is not a specific point in time that can be attributed to the creation of the Basset Hound. Before the French Revolution, short-legged dogs were commonly used for hunting. After the French Revolution, many hunters wanted a dog that could be followed by them on foot. They needed this hunting dog to be strong and have wonderful tracking ability. The Basset Hound appeared as the optimal choice for hunters as the dog moves rather slowly and allows hunters to follow more easily.
The Basset was commonly used to hunt rabbits, however, it was also used to hunt much larger mammals as well. The common Basset was then crossed with Bloodhounds in the late 1800s to increase their small size and appearance. After the cross, the Basset was then crossed with the Artesien Normand and then introduced to America and England. Shortly after this introduction, the popularity of the breed skyrocketed. Due to its soft and loveable nature, the dog quickly found itself in the homes of families around the United States. They also became popular within the entertainment industry due to their funny wrinkled expression.
Caring For And Training Your Basset Hound
It is important to provide you Basset Hound with daily exercise to prevent excessive weight and other negative health conditions. This regular exercise can include daily walks on a leash, playing in the yard, or simply going to the park to play a game of fetch.
Due to the dog’s deep-set wrinkles, it is important that you keep them clean to prevent yeast infection and bacterial infection on their skin. You should ensure that its folds are always clean and free of dirt or debris. The dog’s coat does not require much grooming as it is relatively short and easy to manage. You should bathe your dog between one to two times a month. However, you should bathe them more if you notice that they are dirty or if they engage in lots of outdoor exercise and activity.
Common Health issues Of the Basset Hound
Every dog has the potential to develop genetic health problems as well as inherit specific diseases from its parents. This is why it is important to work with a reputable breeder that keeps the health of the dogs in mind while breeding. It is important that dogs are genetically tested for certain diseases and provided with the proper vaccinations before adoption.
Basset Hounds have an average lifespan of 8 to 12 years and are prone to some health conditions that are important to be aware of. These health conditions include Osteochondrosis Dissecans, gastric torsion, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, glaucoma (eye condition), cherry eye, von Willebrand’s Disease, patellar luxation, and obesity. In addition, Basset Hounds can also develop spinal problems that affect the spine in the neck region. This condition causes tremendous pain within the dog’s neck and typically requires surgery for correction.
As the owner, it is important that you take your dog to the vet on a regular schedule to prevent the formation of preventable diseases and keep your dog in optimal health. This helps to guarantee a happy and healthy existence with your canine companion for years to come.
Adopting A Basset Hound
As with all purebred dog breeds, seeking a professional breeder is important. The work and passion that breeders put into their animals and their offspring are decisive for the success of the breeding and the physical and mental health of the animals. A responsible breeder places importance on the mother being able to recover after each birth. This reduces the number of litters per year and the profits made on the brood, but the health and balance of the dog are what is most important to him.
Mating is done with the knowledge of possible inherited diseases and the compatibility of the parents. A good breeder also supervises her dogs during pregnancy. After delivery, the puppies are also examined by a veterinarian and, until they are relocated, they receive everything they need for proper development; good quality food, vaccines, deworming, and social contact with their siblings, other dogs, and humans.
Good breeders do not sell their puppies before 8 weeks, as the imprinting phase of the first weeks is vital for the health and development of the psyche. This ensures that your dog will grow up to be social and able to interact positively with other members of your household as well as other dogs.
The breeder must also be a member of a dog breeding association. Only a central association can issue the pedigree that officially makes your dog an official purebred. This role may seem unnecessary when you only care to give a home to a dog of your favorite breed. However, dog breeding clubs have a reason for existing; they check the breeding conditions of the dogs, the breed of the parents, and make sure that your dog is a real purebred.
Of course, all this costs money. That’s why dog breeding is often more of an expensive hobby than a business. Professionally bred dogs tend to be more expensive than other pet stores, offering low-priced, non-pedigree dogs. But these offers often come at an added cost; inbreeding, short rearing periods, and lack of veterinary care make it possible for your dog not to be as healthy and hassle-free as you would like. For this reason, you should only trust a professional breeder. Alternatively, you can find many purebred dogs in animal shelters that are happy to find a new home.
We always encourage people to check out their local animal shelters, as there are always dogs there that are looking for a loving family to adopt them. You may even get lucky and discover that your animal shelter has a Basset Hound that is looking to be adopted. If you don’t want to pay a lot for the dog of your dreams, you should consider visiting a local animal shelter. Many dogs at animal shelters are of all ages, personalities, and breeds. Here you will surely find the perfect dog for your family!