If one speaks of a “Basset”, one usually means the Basset Hound. Developed in Great Britain, this dog breed goes back to the French Bassets, of which the Basset Artésien Normand, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne and the Basset Fauve de Bretagne are still bred today. However, the Basset Hound is far better known than its French ancestors, not least because of its appearances in various films and as the “face” of an established shoe brand.
Interesting Facts about the Basset Hound
Lovers of the Basset primarily appreciate its nature, which makes it the perfect family dog. He is good-natured and basically gets along with everyone: all family members, children, visitors, and other pets. He is very affectionate and affectionate towards his caregivers.
However, he is quite difficult to train. The basset hound can be extremely stubborn and seems to be leisurely considering whether following orders will do them any good. If the assessment is negative from his point of view, he is also not so ready to learn this command. A lot of patience, a wide range of tolerance, and finesse are therefore required for training.
The Basset Hound does not like being alone at all. Among other things, he expresses his dissatisfaction with barking, which is strikingly melodic. If you can’t be at home that much but don’t want to do without a basset hound, you should get two.
Beware of Being Overweight
The owners should be consistently consistent when feeding. Although originally a working dog, the Basset has a tendency to be lazy. Indoors, he shows little ambition to move about without good reason. His hunting instinct often comes through outdoors, but this subsides with age. But even at a young age, convenience often outweighs the desire to follow some small animal over hill and dale.
Daily walks, on which the basset hound is encouraged to exercise, are a must. Also, you shouldn’t necessarily reward him with treats if he occasionally obeys an order. Words of praise or pats are a better choice for this breed of dog.
The Basset Hound is one of those breeds that almost everyone recognizes. His faithful look from the deep-hanging eyes, the floppy ears, and the impressive fullness of a few centimeters make his appearance unmistakable. The Basset Hound is between 33 and 38 centimeters tall and weighs up to 36 kilograms. Its short legs with a very strong and long trunk are striking.
According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), its fur is smooth, short and dense. It is usually tri-colored (black-white-brown) or bi-colored (lemon-white). However, every scent hound color is permitted for breeding.
Basset Hound Health
The problems with the basset hound are obvious. The ratio of the long and heavy body to the short legs, plus the tendency to be overweight, make this breed prone to spinal and joint diseases. His overly long floppy ears can easily become infected without careful cleaning. Because the Basset Hound was very fashionable for a time, breeders tended to take its striking traits to the extreme. When buying, you should make sure that those responsible for the selection of breeding animals mainly have the health of the dogs in mind.
So Much Care is Needed
The Basset Hound is very high maintenance. Due to his health predisposition, strict attention must be paid to his diet and his weight must be checked regularly. The long ears and the skin folds have to be meticulously cleaned by the owners to avoid infection.
Despite its shortness, the coat requires comprehensive care: daily brushing and a thorough examination after every walk, which usually entails cleaning. Because of its proximity to the ground, the basset hound collects a lot in its fur.
Origin: Basset Hound
The ancestors come from France and are said to have been used by monks for hunting in the coppice as early as the Middle Ages. With the beginning of the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century, many aristocrats fled to Great Britain with their dogs. There the breeding of this bloodhound, which looks very similar to the bloodhound, was further developed. However, less value was placed on ability than on appearance, so Basset became more and more a companion and fashion dog.