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Basset Hound

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Basset Hound

About Basset Hound

Basset Hound is a very old breed that is believed to be the direct descendent of the Bloodhound. The name draws inspiration from “Bas”, a french word meaning “low” and “hound” is from the ancestors. 

It is considered the most adorable dog in the canine world. Gentle temperament and easy-to-maintain fur make it a good family dog. It is one of the most popular scent hounds with its scent abilities that stand next to Bloodhound.

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The base of Basset Hounds hails from engravings of a short-legged hunting dog from Egypt, Ancient Rome, and Greece. Tracing its origins back to France, Basset is supposed to be a descendant of Bloodhound. Basset Hound is famous for its long ears and tends to have the best sense of smell. The breed became popular in 1870 France and was imported to England in the 19 centuries.

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  • Basset Hound is known for its good sense of humour and uses a pleading gaze towards those who he can’t stand.
  • Beneath the sleepy and droopy eyes lies the deep sense of intelligence and manipulative instinct. He cajoles his people to let him stay on the couch and rest is done by his sparkling eyes.
  • His drive to encounter smells of every kind at times leads him to challenging situations. Therefore, if you are planning to adopt one, you need to have proper fencing.
  • The Basset Hound can develop obnoxious barking levels and undesirable traits if left neglected and untrained.
  • Training a Basset Hound can be a hard cookie to crack as being muscular is not their forte. Their forte is to follow a scent. Furthermore, they are prone to develop a feeling of loneliness which could eventually lead to destruction.

Common Health Problems

The most common health issue found in Basset Hounds is because of their body shape. Owing to their distinctive body shape they are prone to spinal disorders, abnormal joint development, elbow pain, and joint issues. They are pre-disposed to skin and ear infections, eye infections and thus require regular assessment by the vet.

Apart from this, Basset Hounds may catch Glaucoma, Thombopathia, Hip Dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease (VMD), Elbow Dysplasia, immunodeficiency (a condition where the immune system fails in combating deadly diseases).

Basset Hound’s ears are long and droopy; thus, it is imperative to check for the infection frequently. If your pooch is scratching ears or head too frequently, it indicates it is time to visit the vet. While adopting a Basset Hound, check whether he has been tested for the Thombopathia genetic test and Ophthalmologist evaluation.

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Diet Needs of Basset Hound

Having short and heavy bodies, Basset Hounds have many health issues. The most popular health concerns are related to the back and stomach. Therefore, it is imperative to divide their meal into proper intervals.

Basset Hound requires a good balance of carbohydrates, vitamins, fats, and proteins in the diet, and thus dry kibble is the best food for them. Do not include too much carbohydrate as Basset Hounds are prone to putting on weight fairly easily. Check for protein in food that does not contain grains like wheat and corn.

If you wish to feed your dog an all-natural diet, then you can go for raw food like fruits and vegetables.

Refrain from including chocolates, onions, raisins, nuts, or avocados in the diet. These can prove detrimental to the health of your dog.

Coat Color and Grooming ​

Basset hound, belonging to bloodhound was popularly bred for hunting purposes. Any hound coloration can be found but it varies from country to country. They are usually black, but can also be found in tricolor, tan and white colors, Black and Brown, Red and White, lemon and White, White and Chocolate.

Although it might appear that a Basset Hound having short hair won’t require grooming, that’s not quite the case. Be it any breed, regular grooming sessions are essential to keep your hound healthy and glee. 

The Basset Hound’s short hair is shed profusely and hence requires a shedding tool, once a week. Apart from this, the Bassets require nails to be trimmed and an occasional bath will help the coat remain smooth and shiny.

Exercise Needs

Basset Hounds have moderate exercise needs of 30-60 minutes daily. Exercise is important for Bassets to prevent developing digestion issues and maintain their overall health and well-being. You may fight at times that you Basset doesn’t feel like exercising. In such a situation, you can help them get involved in tracking programs as tracking resonates well with their abilities and characteristics as a hound.

Do not go for frequent running with your Basset Hound as it could be detrimental to its health.

That’s all about Basset Hound. Hope you like the information. Stay tuned for more.