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Basset Hound

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Basset Hound

The Basset Hound has the head of a hound, the legs of a Dachshund and the coloring of a Foxhound. Bassets are much longer than they appear. They have a long muzzle that is surrounded by long loose skin and is even with the top of the head. This breed has a very pronounced dewlap. The lips hang down with loose flews. The long velvety ears should meet beyond the tip of the nose. The tail is long and usually has a white tip. Their big, sad-looking eyes may melt your heart. The short, hard and shiny coat may come in many colors.

Temperament Basset Hounds are very even tempered and gentle. They are excellent with children and adore their masters. Though they can be a bit independent, they don't normally display the aloofness as seen in other breeds. Bassets are sweet, loyal, cuddly and peaceful. Be careful not to let this breed off of the leash as they may take off after a scent and may not realize that they are in unfamiliar territory until they are several miles away from home. His voice, though melodious to hunters, may be irritating to neighbors.
Height, Weight Male Height: 12-15" ; Weight: 50-65 lbs.
Female Height: 11-14" ; Weight: 45-60 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to bloat or gastric dilation volvulus. Excessive weight can lead to musculoskeletal issues.
Living Conditions Bassets do okay in an apartment. They tend to be very inactive indoors, so give them plenty of opportunities to play outdoors. Discourage Bassets from jumping as that may place stress on the front legs.
Exercise Bassets love dinnertime, but don't like to exercise. Routine walks must be scheduled to avoid obesity.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming Occasional brushing is recommended. Care should be taken with the ears so that they are kept clean, odor-free and infection-free. This dog is a heavy shedder and is a drooler. Only bathe when necessary as to not dry out the natural oils in the skin. There may be a strong odor from the oils in the breed's coat.
Origin The name Basset Hound comes from the French word "bas" meaning low. It is a direct descendent of the Bloodhound and is second only to the Bloodhound in scenting ability. Bassets are fine trailers of rabbit, hare and wounded pheasant. His bulk proves useful in heavy, impenetrable cover. He can be taught to tree raccoons, squirrels and opossum. The Basset Hound is the face of a popular line of shoes and is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Scenthound