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Basset Hound – the Facts Every Owner of This Dog Breed Should Know

October 25, 2010 on 1:00 pm | In Basset Hound | No Comments

Basset Hound – the Facts Every Owner of This Dog Breed Should Know

The Basset Hound originated in sixth century France and is thought to be descended from the St. Hubert Hounds. The Basset Hound (bas means ‘low-set’ in French) proved useful to hunters, with its slow movement and long ears to stir up scent, they could drive prey out from dense covering and into open fields. The Basset Hound has stamina to keep up with hunters and to track and prey for long periods of time. Basset Hounds are still used for hunting in some areas of the world. The Basset Hound is described as gentle, sociable and stubborn.


Basset Hounds are loyal to their families and good with children and other animals. They prefer to be lap dogs and do not make good guard dogs, as they will greet any stranger who approaches them as a friend. Basset Hounds tend to be strong-willed and independent, making them difficult to train, but with enough consistency this can be overcome. When out for a walk with a Basset Hound, always keep it on a leash as the hunting tendencies may override any and all training.


Though Basset Hounds have a short stature, standing 12 to 15 inches tall, they are not considered small dogs, and will on average weight 50 to 65 pounds when mature. They have short coats that are tri-colored (black, white and tan) or red and white, and require relatively little maintenance. Regular brushing will keep the coat free of dirt and reduce shedding. Baths are necessary only a few times a year, as their coats tend to repel water. A Basset Hound’s ears need regular cleaning since their long, floppy ears do not allow air to circulate, increasing the risk of infection and they do tend to slobber more than other dogs.


Basset Hounds need to be exercised frequently and often times have to be encouraged to do so as they are prone to taking naps in the sun. The Basset Hound is prone to some genetic disorders. Von Willebrand’s disease is a platelet disorder that results in mild to moderate bleeding and a longer than average bleeding time. Through breeding, the incident of this condition has been reduced in the breed.


Basset Hounds are also prone to glaucoma, gastric torsion and interdigital cysts. Some Basset Hounds are allergic to certain grasses. Without proper exercise, Basset Hounds are prone to obesity, which can cause arthritis, back pains and heart trouble.


There is a website that has great information on Basset Hounds and most other breeds of dogs. It has details that pertain to a dog breeds health, grooming, living conditions, best food choices and more, the website is called: Dog And Cat Facts, and can be found at this url:


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How to Train a Basset Hound

October 21, 2010 on 10:17 pm | In Basset Hound | No Comments

How to Train a Basset Hound

Do you want a cute and short dog with an impeccable nose?

The Basset Hound, the “Hush Puppies” breed, is an adorable and well-behaved dog that will melt your heart with its appearance and demeanor. It is also a breed of amazing ability for tracking scents.

Origin:

The Basset hound is very old breed of dog. They were originally developed in France to assist in hunting slow trailing game animals such as rabbits and hares. They are perfect as trail hunters because their slow quiet movements won’t easily scare game.

Their popularity was at its peak during the reign of Emperor Napoleon. The true fame of the Basset Hound began in 1863, when it was presented at the Paris Dog Show.

They got their name from the French word “bas” meaning “low” in reference to their low set appearance.

Appearance and Abilities:

Basset hounds are very low to the ground. They have short legs. Proportionally, they have heavier bones as compared to other dogs.

Their short build can be deceiving. They are actually long dogs and able to reach counter and table tops to reach food. However, their short limbs and heavy bones make them poor swimmers.

Their skin is extremely loose and falls in folds on their heads. They have long velvety ears that fall way below their noses. They have a naturally sad expression on their faces even when they are happy.

They have short and smooth coats and are accepted in many recognizable colors. There are no rules concerning about coat color and color distribution.

Basset hounds have impeccable sense of smell. Their scent keenness is at par with that of the Bloodhound. They are able to pick up scent from very far and can track its origin with tremendous resolve.

Temperament and Tendencies:

Naturally, Basset hounds are well-mannered and loving dogs. They are never vicious or aggressive as fairly suggested by their melancholic faces. They are very patient and friendly with children.

They are very vocal breeds. They tend to howl or bark if they want something or warn their owners about something. They can whine by murmuring a sound to get attention from their masters. It may sound like they are speaking sometimes.

Training and Care:

Basset hounds will prefer someone to lead them with natural authority. Most dogs battle for the alpha role but Basset Hounds actually prefer it if they are led by gentle consistency.

They respond well with to positive reinforcement. Train them by praising good behavior. Stubborn and wise creatures they are, they will not follow commands if they believe that there is some reward to go with it.

Bassets are rather difficult to train because they are easily distracted by their acute sense of smell. Training them needs persistence and must be done in an area with less distraction from scents.

Always monitor their feedings because overweight Basset hounds have low life spans. Too much weight will put grave pressure on their legs and spine. Vigorous exercise is not necessary but you should give Basset Hounds their daily dose of walks and soft play.

Grooming them is relatively easy. Occasional baths and brushes are adequate and shampoo only when necessary. Always clean their ears and clip their toe nails. Their nails, when not clip are sharp and can scratch you. Basset hounds also shedding constantly so make sure to brush them frequently.

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The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family. They are scent hounds, bred to hunt rabbits by scent. Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound. The name Basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning “low”, with the attenuating suffix -et, together meaning “rather low”. Basset hounds are commonly brown and white and most often spotted, but also exist in a variety of colors.These dogs are around 1 foot in height at the withers. They usually weigh between 35-70lbs. They have smooth, short-haired coats but a rough haired hound is possible. Although any hound colour is considered acceptable by breed standards, Bassets are generally tricolor (black, tan, and white), open red and white (red spots on white fur), closed red and white (a solid red color with white feet and tails), Honey And White (honey coloured back, light brown spotty nose and legs, light brown tails with white tip) and lemon and white. Some Bassets are also classified as gray or blue; however, this colour is considered rare and undesirable. They have long, downward ears and powerful necks, with much loose skin around their heads that forms wrinkles. Their tails are long and tapering and stand upright with a curve. Some prefer that the tail be tipped in white. This is so they are easily seen when hunting/tracking through large bushes or weeds. The breed is also known for its hanging skin structure, which causes the face to occasionally look sad; this
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Basset Hounds

September 10, 2010 on 9:02 am | In Basset Hound | No Comments

Basset Hounds

The sad eyes and the long ears endear a Basset puppy to people everywhere. Used primarily to hunt rabbits his low to the ground body along with the hound nose and ears make for a good dog for those without a lot of room. Less than 14 inches in size this is a short legged, heavy bone, long bodied dog that is easy going in attitude.

These are extremely devoted dogs with loose, elastic skin that should be all weather useful. The color may vary somewhat with the typical hound colors allowed. As a trailing or tracking dog the Basset is second only to the bloodhound with a nose that is incredibly accurate. It is believed that Lafayette gave some Bassets to George Washington after the American Revolution.

Typical of many hounds, the Basset Hound is a friendly breed that loves people. Although they are short they can weight 55 up to even 75 pounds so learning proper manners inside and out is important. They are normally gentle dogs and, again typical of hounds, are social dogs that love their pack.

The traits that endear him to many make him an annoyance if unchecked. They have the hound voice which many love until they are alone and begin howling their displeasure to everyone within earshot. They MUST be confined as when that nose gets twitching and they find something to follow they can get hit by cars as well as look around 15 minutes later and have no idea how to get home.

The flews that allow the breed to funnel that scent to the nose can also be the source of drooling. This is a leading cause for the breed given up or abandoned – and is solely a human’s fault for not researching to be aware that is a Basset trait. If you are put off by doggie drool on the floor as you’re fixing dinner or feeding him his then please do yourself and the dog a favor and get another breed. There are some that drool less than others but this is not a job for meticulous housekeepers.

This is not a breed that is expensive to feed and indeed should be fed much less than many think. Do not let a Basset beg you into overfeeding. Overeating produces health problems for growing puppies as well as for adult dogs. Keep it basic and make sure he’s in proper condition – you should feel but not see ribs and there should be a slight rise from a profile behind the ribs. Too fat or too thin isn’t good – change the amounts until he’s maintained at a proper level.

The Basset hound by selection has a short coat that doesn’t take extensive grooming save for a weekly brushing to remove loose hair. Watch the ears and teeth as both will need regular care.

The Basset is generally a healthy breed but does have some serious issues that should be watched for and tested for in breeding stock. Von Willebrand’s disease is a clotting disorder. Like all deep chested breeds bloat is a serious concern that is life threatening when it happens. Some are affected by glaucoma.

Many veterinarians and owners are unfamiliar with panosteitis that affects young and growing Bassets. This is a disease that can cause sudden lameness and is sometimes diagnosed as elbow dysplasia or hip dysplasia or other serious disorders. Unethical vets may require surgery but this is something that the Basset will outgrow! X-rays may show ‘elbow incongruity’ – a poor fit in the elbow. This is normal for the breed and is not the source of lameness. This is NOT something that requires surgery! With panosteitis the dog normally will outgrow it. Some recommend aspirin or pain killers but this is a case of removing the pain can cause further aggravation of the injury.

Many Bassets may have allergies, ear infections, infections in the feet and injury or soreness from too much exercise in growing puppies. It’s important to note swimming is difficult for Bassets due to their short legs. Never leave a Basset unsupervised near a pond, pool or other water. Thrombopathia, eyelid issues, back issues and obesity can also be problems for the breed. The joints and spine cannot carry extra weight of an obese dog – don’t create problems for your Basset! Epilepsy and auto immune disorders can also be an issue.

Although there are certainly challenges involved in keeping and raising happy Bassets this is a breed that can be a hero dog because of the same things that can get him in trouble! This was illustrated when a seven year old Basset dragged his elderly owner to an area in the grass at their mobile park. Sinus issues prevented the owner from smelling but she heard and saw the damaged gas line and alerted neighbors. As word spread the gas fumes grew and emergency help was summoned. The Basset is credited with saving the mobile home park and, although “Buddy” had a heart condition his big heart and keen nose saved property and lives and allowed the quick repair of the line by professionals.

Basset Hounds may complete in conformation classes, field trials, hunt tests, obedience, tracking and – yes! – agility.

Tracking tests use the Basset hound’s nose and allows for a special bond of trust to form between the working dog and the handler. This is a sport for all kinds of weather and terrain – ideal for those who like being outside and seeing what their dog loves to do naturally. Not only is this a chance to compete but with particular training as a search and rescue dog the basset can be a hero!

Some famous Basset hounds include the comic strip Fred Basset, “Lafayette” in Disney’s The Aristocats, Cledus in “Smokey and the Bandit” and in a host of other movies including American Werewolf in Paris and Spider-Man 2. Of course one of the most identified is as the hallmark of Hush Puppy brand shoes and as a companion to the Maytag man.

Be it in advertising, film, competition, cartoons, pets or as show or competitive dogs the Basset Hound is a devoted companion and partner for the right people willing to put up with their quirks.

Large measures of discipline and praise, resisting the urge to feed too many treats and being keenly aware of the health issues that can arise means you will be happier and your Basset hound will be in heaven. Life is good with food, an accepting owner and someone to adore! It’s even better when activities are shared and the respect for what the breed truly can be is appreciated by letting the dog use his inborn talents.

David Beart is the owner of the Professors House. Our site covers family related issues from raising children to pets, relationships to cooking.

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