Basset Hound: Dog Breed Profile

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound has a character of gold; Its gentle, wise, affectionate, and easy-going.

It’s a sociable and friendly dog ​​who gets along well with everyone and enjoys living with Its family.

With an infallible flair, Its a hunting dog renowned for Its tracking qualities.

The distinctive appearance of the Basset, with long ears and Its sad look, inspired immediately much sympathy and tenderness, the reason for which It has appeared in many films and advertising campaigns.

Its name, which comes from the French word bas, which means low, fits this dog like a glove, due to its characteristic short legs and small size.

Let’s see in-depth all the information about this breed, character, care, behavior, and advice

History of the breed

If the  Basset Hound is a dog with deep French origins. It was in Great Britain, and then in the United States, that the breed was developed and perfected. Result of the cross between, the old Basset Artois and various other old breeds and the Chien de Saint-Hubert.

The Basset Hound has mainly spread in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century, then across the Atlantic from the middle of the following century.

Extremely talented and stubborn hunting dog, It gradually turned into a pet thanks to Its friendly and sociable character.

Physical features

  • Its hair: smooth, short and tight, without being too thin. Must never be long or soft, or fringed.
  • Its color: black, tan and white dress if it is tricolor, lemon and white if it is bicolor. Any coat color specific to scent dogs is permitted.
  • Its head: possibly marked with a few wrinkles on the forehead and near the eyes. The skin of the head should be elastic so as to form slight folds. The skull is domed and the occipital protuberance is prominent. The stop is moderately marked.
  • Its ears: long, slightly exceeding the end of the muzzle, set low, narrow over the entire length, supple and slightly hairy.
  • Its eyes:dark in color, but up to medium brown in light-colored individuals. Diamond-shaped and giving the dog a false impression of sadness.
  • Its body: elongated and low on legs; the withers and the kidney are about the same height. The back is quite broad, the sternum prominent, the ribs well rounded and extending back.
  • Its tail: quite long and well attached. Thick at the base, it tapers down to its end. The whip is carried upwards in a gentle curve when the dog is awake, but without curling up.

Behavior With Others

The Basset Hound is a placid, friendly dog, gentle with children as well as with his congeners (even those of the same sex) and with other animals that It comes into contact with.

It’s never aggressive and is always ready to play despite Its deceptively indolent appearance.

Its infallible flair makes the Basset Hound an excellent scent hound who tirelessly follows the fragrant tracks during hunting sessions, where It always shows Itself to Its advantage.

Its appearance is also deceptive, Its athletic abilities since It can exhibit surprising endurance and strength.

Education of the Barbet

The Basset Hound is a peaceful and calm dog, but it can be quite stubborn. Its education must therefore be firm, but fair and not excessive.

Naturally very close to other dogs and animals, It must nevertheless be socialized as soon as possible, as with all other breeds.

Living Conditions

The Basset Hound is totally in its element when it lives in a family, with children and other animals.

Apartment and city life is no problem for It, as long as It has no stairs to climb and It enjoys Its walks every day.

But the ideal would be to regularly offer It the opportunity to evolve in a natural setting.

Health & Maintenance

The Basset Hound is a dog with a good lifespan, but It can suffer from back pain if not cared for.

Its elongated spine exposes It, in fact, to various problems related to overweight in particular.

It is therefore necessary to ensure that its diet is balanced and without excess.

It is also recommended to avoid too frequent ascents and descents of stairs, always because of its elongated back and its low legged bearing.

The Basset Hound is also subject to possible eye infections because its drooping eyelids promote the deposition of impurities and mucus. Finally, it should be noted that It has a predisposition to dermatitis due to Malassezia, a skin disease caused by a single-celled fungus of the same name.

The Basset Hound is like the West Highland White Terrier, one of the dogs most affected by this dermatological pathology.

The life expectancy of a Basset Hound is, on average, between 8 years and 12 years.

The Basset Hound is not a particularly difficult dog to maintain in terms of coat, because its coat is short and smooth.

However, Its eyes and ears should be monitored and cleaned regularly.

In addition to weekly brushing, the Basset Hound needs regular cleaning of their long ears and eyes.

A clean, damp cloth helps prevent dirt and mucus from building up on Its eyelids. Do this once a day.

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About Jessica Vanclap

Passionate about animals, but also about health, I did not hesitate for long in choosing my studies. Veterinary assistant by training, I worked in a veterinary clinic for several years. I then made the choice to share my knowledge and experiences by joining the training team of a school of Veterinary Assistant and Grooming.

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