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Basset Hound Life Expectancy

How Long Will My Basset Hound Live?

Like any pet owner, I'd love it if my Basset Hound could be part of my family forever. He spent a day at the veterinarian's office getting his teeth cleaned while I was home alone working and its hard to believe how much I missed him that day.

I'm not sure how I'll handle it when his time comes. But, for now my goal is to do whatever I can to ensure that he lives a long, happy, and healthy life.

Expected Life Span

While it's impossible to predict how long an individual Basset Hound will live, the expected life span for a well-bred and well-cared-for Basset Hound is 10 to 14 years with an average of 12 years.

Tips for a Long Healthy Life

The care that a dog receives throughout its life can have a major impact on how long he / she lives. The following are some proactive steps that you can take to increase the likelihood that your beloved Basset Hound will live for many years to come:

  • Weight. Maintain your Basset Hound's ideal weight. Prevent excessive weight gain and obesity.
  • Nutrition. Provide proper nutrition throughout your Basset Hound's life.
  • Dental Health. Maintain healthy teeth and gums.
  • Overall Health Care. Visit your vet for regular health checkups and contact your vet at the first sign of an illness or disease.

For more detailed information about preventative health care, read Essential Basset Hound Care: Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy.

Basset Hound Life Expectancy: 2015 Update

My Basset Hound, Hunter, lived to the ripe old age of 14 (actually he died one day short of his 14th birthday). He really did have a long and happy life and for the most part was quite healthy up until his last year.

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