With a canine sense of smell second only to the Bloodhound, the Basset Hound is a tracking machine. Don’t be fooled by their apparent permanent sad-look, these noble creatures have a very placid demeanour, and make a terrific family pet.
Where I'm From
Originally developed in France, Basset Hounds were bred for hunting small game such as rabbits. The breed was groomed to follow a “pack mentality”, which makes these gentle dogs extremely loyal companions.
Their short stature and characteristic look is the result of a mutation that caused the breed to develop a type of dwarfism called achondroplasia.
Bassets became popular housedogs in other countries in the late 19th and early 20th Century. It was in the 1960s, that these hounds established themselves as pop culture icons when they became the face of Hush Puppy shoes, and featured in the long-running Fred Basset comic strip.
What I Look Like
Basset Hounds are short, heavy dogs with iconic long ears that drag along the ground. Bred as hunting dogs, they have a highly developed sense of smell.
Bassets have smooth, short hair that usually comes in the classic combination of black, tan and white that we all know. Other, more rare colour combinations, include red and white, and lemon and white.
They have round skulls and deep muzzles, and the loose skin around their face gives them their unique somber appearance.
How I Act
This breed is famously laid-back. Bassets are known for their relaxed and placid personalities. This makes a lot of people think they are a lazy breed, but their slow-paced nature is just one aspect of their personality.
Basset Hounds are world-class trackers, often following any scent they might pick up. These loyal pets are curious and tenacious creatures.
An ideal companion to small children, they are gentle, caring and an eternally devoted friend, if you show affection.
Looking After Me
These loving dogs need your care and attention to remain happy and healthy. Basset Hounds become destructive and disruptive if they’re neglected. In order to stop Bassets from howling loudly, it is important you don’t leave them on their own for too long.
They are also known for drooling and slobbering quite a bit. This makes them messy pets that might not be suitable for owners with limited time and patience.
The breed is prone to develop obesity, and it is crucial that they exercise every day. A long walk should be enough to keep your Basset in shape. Overfeeding your pet can also cause serious health problems, so a small meal twice or three times a day should suffice.
Patience is key when it comes to training Basset Hounds. They are stubborn dogs that will resist following commands, but, with time, they will learn to obey simple orders.
Am I the pet for you?
- Bassets are calm and good-natured pets
- Gentle with small children and other animals
- Loyal companions for life
- They require daily exercise which might not be convenient for busy owners
- Basset Hounds can bark loudly if left unattended for too long
- Messy pets as they drool profusely
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