Basset hound

basset hound

What is a basset hound?

The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog in the hound family. The Basset is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare. Their sense of smell and ability to ground-scent is second only to the Bloodhound. Basset Hounds are one of six recognised basset-type breeds in France.

Who is the author of Basset Hound health?

See Basset Hound Health. About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs. Dog training videos.

Are Basset Hounds good fire dogs?

The Basset is as comfortable by the fireside as he is out on the moors and can chase prey with relative ease, albeit at his own insistent pace over long distances. Read our Basset Hound Buying Advice page for information on this dog breed.

Are basset hound puppies easy to spoil?

Basset Hound puppies are incredibly cute and therefore it is all too easy to spoil them during the early months of their lives which can prove costly when dogs mature. Owners need to start out as they mean to go on which means educating a puppy right from the word go by setting limits and boundaries for them.

Is a basset hound a medium or large breed?

The breed is still classified as a medium-to-large dog. Even though the average height of a Basset hound is under 15 inches, this breed is still classified as a medium-to-large breed by most kennel associations. That is because the dogs are very heavy-boned in their stature.

Why did they make Basset Hound Dogs?

Bassets were selected not only for their outstanding scenting skills, but also because hunters could keep up with the slow-paced dogs. They not only hunted rabbits and hares, but were also sometimes used to track larger wounded game. In the United States, the Basset quickly moved on from hunting dog to family pet.

Are Basset Hounds good trail dogs?

The Basset Hound possesses in marked degree those characteristics which equip it admirably to follow a trail over and through difficult terrain. It is a short-legged dog, heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed of dog, and while its movement is deliberate, it is in no sense clumsy.

Are there any care issues with a basset hound?

There are fewer care issues to consider with Basset hounds compared to other breeds. Basset hounds are a short-haired dog breed, which means that they require a minimal amount of grooming throughout the week.

Are Basset Hounds good dogs?

Some are dignified, but most are clownish. Almost all are reliably good-natured, sociable, and peaceful with everyone – strangers, children, and other pets, too. At a dog show, one can count on seeing cheerfully wagging tails in the Basset Hound ring.

Why do basset hounds not listen to their owners?

Their lifestyle preference can also lead to issues with obesity later on in life, and many Basset hounds refuse to listen to their owners if they start tracking something that they find to be interesting.

Do Basset Hounds have a bad odor?

Also note that Basset Hounds have a distinctive doggy odor to their skin and coat that some people find disagreeable. Potential gassiness (flatulence) that can send you running for cover. Fortunately, Basset Hounds who are fed a homemade diet of real meat and vegetables have much less trouble with gassiness.

How to keep a basset hound from running away from you?

Basset Hounds need regular opportunities to stretch their legs in a safely enclosed area, like a dog park, if you want them to remain healthy and fit. Running away from you.

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