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Basset Hound Facts

A Comprehensive Overview of the Breed

The following Basset Hound facts provide important and relevant information for all who are interested in learning about this unique and interesting breed.

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Origin
Temperament and Personality
The Basset Hound's Coat
Health and Care

Basset Hound Origin

  • The Basset Hound originated in medieval France and was a popular hunting dog.
  • The first use of the word "Basset" in describing a breed of dog with short legs can be found in early French text written in the sixteenth century.
  • After the French Revolution (1789), the Basset Hound was a favored hunting dog because it was a slower moving hound that could more easily be followed on foot and was useful in tracking small game.

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Basset Hound Temperament and Personality

  • Basset Hounds were bred to hunt in packs. Therefore, they are very social and affectionate. They are also calm, mild mannered, and gentle.
  • Most Basset Hounds enjoy the company of other dogs, pets, and family members and may even get lonely if frequently left alone for long periods of time. While they don't mind spending a lot of time sleeping, they also need daily attention and quality time with their owner(s).
  • Basset Hounds can be both sensitive and stubborn. They may get upset when scolded and at times may behave as though they don't hear your commands.
  • Basset Hounds have great endurance and can follow a scent for hours. But, since they also love naps and don't mind spending the day lounging around, they have a tendency to become overweight. Therefore, a Basset Hound needs regular exercise to keep its weight in check.

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The Basset Hound's Coat

  • The Basset Hound's coat is short, smooth, and thick with loose and elastic skin.
  • The Basset Hound's short coat is easy to care for and does not require the elaborate grooming needed by longer haired breeds. But, Basset's do shed. Weekly brushing helps in limiting the amount of hair that ends up in your house.
  • A Basset Hound's coat is either bi-colored or tri-colored. Read Basset Hound Colors to learn more about the many colors and color combinations.

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Basset Hound Health and Care

  • A healthy Basset Hound can expect to live 10 - 14 years with an average of 12 years. For more information read Basset Hound Life Expectancy with Tips for a Long, Healthy Life.
  • Since the Basset Hound is heavier boned than any other dog of its size and carries two-thirds of its weight in the front, it can swim only for very short distances. Always keep an eye on your Basset Hound around pools or other bodies of water. If you own a pool, teach your Basset to swim to the steps so that it knows how to get out of the pool.
  • Since the Basset Hound is a scent tracking dog, it has a strong desire to follow its nose and may wander off and get lost if left unattended in an unfenced back yard. It may also wander into a dangerous street if it finds an interesting scent to follow. To keep your Basset safe, never leave it outside unattended unless it is in a fenced area.
  • Routine grooming is necessary to keep your Basset Hound happy and healthy.
  • The Basset Hound is one of the breeds that is more prone to becoming overweight and obese as it ages. Proper nutrition and regular exercise are necessary as a preventative measure.
  • The Basset Hound has short legs but, it is not a small dog. Most weigh between 50 and 65 pounds.

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