Basset Hound

These dogs are known for their looks! With long ears, short legs and bedroom eyes, this breed is well loved. They are intelligent, charming and move easily despite their height. The Basset Hound is a smooth little shortie!

 

 

Other Names
Basset
Country of Origin
France
Colour
The Basset Hound can be a combination of lemon yellow and white, red and white and black, tan and white.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
They measure between 33 - 38cms and generally weigh from 18 - 27kgs.
Health
The frame of a Basset predisposes them to an array of joint and bone issues, primarily in the shoulder and foreleg regions. Wobbler Syndrome can unfortunately develop before six months of age. These dogs should be monitored for eye, back, ear and skin issues as well as bloating. Regular vet checks are recommended to ensure your bud is brimming with health.
Life Span
10 - 14 years.
Intelligence
With independent personalities, this breed can have issues with obedience training. They rely heavily on their scent and can be single-minded when faced with an appealing smell. Begin training at an early age and be patient and consistent.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

Due to their frame, it is recommended that these pooches are fed two or three small meals a day rather than one big meal. Owners should be aware of the potential for overfeeding and weight issues if not careful.

Feeding Cost
$10 to $15
Other Cost
Excercise
This breed can become a couch potato if you let it. Regular walks are a must in order to prevent back problems later on in life. During the first 18 months of their life Basset Hounds are growing very quickly and as such should be kept away from stairs as they run the risk of damaging their joints. When they pick up a scent they will be determined to follow it – don’t trust your fence until you’ve prevented a Basset Breakout!
Ailments
The frame of a Basset predisposes them to an array of joint and bone issues, primarily in the shoulder and foreleg regions. Wobbler Syndrome can unfortunately develop before six months of age. These dogs should be monitored for eye, back, ear and skin issues as well as bloating. Regular vet checks are recommended to ensure your bud is brimming with health.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

There are only a few things to keep in mind for the Basset: regular ear cleans and checks will prevent infection, the occasional nail trim might be needed and the folds of the skin should be kept clean.

 

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
None
Bassets call France home. In fact, their name originates from the French word “bas” meaning “low”. This breed is a combination of the Bloodhound, the Foxhound and the Dachshund. Further development in England in 1866 led to the breed’s eventual appearance at the Wolverhampton Dog Show in 1875 with The Basset Hound Club formed in 1883.


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