Basset Hound Information
The Basset Hound is one of the most recognizable dog breeds in the world. With short legs, long ears and a droopy face, this pup looks sad and forlorn. But don’t worry – they are actually very happy pups, just on the mellow side. One might say lazy.
Patient and kind, the Basset Hound makes an excellent family pet. You do need to walk him, especially considering the risk of obesity in this breed, but not as much as you would other dogs. If you have a mellow, low-key lifestyle, this is the dog for you.
Basset Hound History
While the earliest depictions of short-legged hunting dogs come from Egypt, the modern Basset Hound descends from French dogs which were then bred in Great Britain in the late 1800s.
“Basset” is French for “low”. These scenting hounds were used to hunt foxes and badgers.
Basset Hound Training & Temperament
Basset Hounds were bred to be focused trackers and hunters. This means that it may be tough to get them to focus on your training commands, but with some persistence they are trainable. They are relaxed and loyal but not always overly affectionate.
Basset Hound Exercise
Basset Hounds are a pretty relaxed breed. They only need some regular light exercise like a medium length walk or some other play. After that they’re typically ready to chill out.
Basset Hound Grooming
The Basset Hound has short, smooth hair that can shed quite a bit. It’s best to make sure to brush them at least weekly to keep it under control.
Basset Hound Health
Basset Hounds have long hanging ears which can be prone to infection if they aren’t looked after and cleaned when needed. It’s also important to maintain a healthy weight as they can have joint issues when obese.