Gentle and non-confrontational, the Basset hound is instantly recognizable by its big, heavy body, long ears, and short legs.
Basset, in fact, comes from the French word bas, which means “low.”
One thing is for certain, the Basset is an excellent tracker and hunter but also a loyal pet.
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BASSET HOUND
The Basset Hound has a heavy, bony structure, making it larger-proportioned than other breeds.
The dog’s short legs and long, heavy body help it run smoothly and powerfully, even in places with thick cover.
It moves with its nose pointing to the ground.
The tight and thick coat, which can be found in variety of colours, protects the dog from brambles during a hunt.
According to experts, the wrinkles and the long ears help the dog in trapping scent, while its muzzle is spacious in order to accommodate its complicated olfactory apparatus.
An apparatus that makes the large and strong Basset stand out among other dogs, even with its short legs.
PERSONALITY AND TEMPERAMENT OF THE BASSET HOUND
By nature, the Basset Hound is very friendly with children and other pets, and is also one of the most relaxed and good-natured of the hound breeds.
However, this slow-moving dog may become stubborn at times.
Kids should not strain the dog’s back, which is prone to problems.
The Basset is fond of trailing and sniffing, baying loudly while on the trail and inspecting things slowly.
As it is a good tracker, the hound will continue to follow game, even if it gets lost.
CARE OF THE BASSET HOUND
Daily mild exercise, like playing in the garden or walking on a leash, is good enough to satisfy the Basset.
The dog’s face, particularly the wrinkles and around the mouth should always be kept clean, while the coat does not require much grooming.
This breed tends to drool and it functions best indoors as a house pet.
The Basset Hound, which has an average lifespan of 8 to 12 years, is prone to major health conditions such as
Obesity is a common problem in the breed, which can lead to back problems.
It may also suffer from patellar luxation.
To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may recommend eye and hip exams on this breed of dog; platelet tests may help confirm vWD.
SOURCE OF THE ARTICLE: https://www.petmd.com/dog/breeds/c_dg_basset_hound