Origins and Brief History

The Basset Hound is a descendent from the Bloodhound breed.  The name itself comes from the French word “bas,” which means low.  This points to their short legs keeping them low to the ground.  The dog breed became popular in Europe, and was used as a show dog, companion, and even as a hunting dog.  When the breed reached America, they were bred to be both hunters and companions.  The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1885.  Basset Hounds are known for the exceptional sense of smell.  However, that can get them into trouble as they may become completely distracted by a scent.



If a family is looking for a dog, look no further than the Basset Hound.  The sweet and gentle dog fits right in with any family looking to add a new companion.  Its mild and affectionate temperament is not only great for its master, but also for small children in a household.  Basset Hounds do need a strict owner.  The owner must make the Basset Hound understand that they are in control, not the dog.  If trained properly, the well behaved, peaceful breed will prove to be great.



The coat of a Basset Hound is very smooth.  This makes it very easy to groom.  Be sure to use a firm bristle brush, and only use shampoo when necessary.  Basset Hound nails can grow rather rapidly, so they should be cut regularly.  The Basset Hound is also a constant shedder.



Males Basset Hounds can grow to be around 12 to 15 inches.  Their weight at full growth can be from 50 to 65 pounds.  Females typically grow a little shorter, ranging from 11 to 14 inches.  They also weigh less, averaging between 45 and 60 pounds.  They are expected to live about 10 to 12 years, like most dog breeds.  Basset Hounds do better at locations with a yard.  If kept inside, they are prone to become inactive.  While they will be okay indoors, they would be much better suited for a location with and outdoor area for them to run.


Buyer Beware

Overfeeding can quickly become an issue if a Basset Hounds diet is not watched.  If they overeat, the extra weight puts too much pressure on the dog’s legs and spine.  This has been known to cause paralysis in this breed because their legs are very short.  Basset Hounds are also prone to bloating.   To counteract this, they should be fed smaller meals throughout the day.  They should not be eating any large meals.


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