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Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Origins

There are engravings of short legged hunting dogs in the tombs in Egypt, but it’s not likely that the modern Basset Hound was the dog they were drawing. Modern Basset Hounds are from France. They are a short legged scent hound used to hunt rabbits. The Basset Hound is easily identified by its short legs and enormous, long droopy ears. They look like a Bloodhound with its legs cut off. Same fold filled face and long ears. Even though they are short, they are not small. Basset Hounds usually weigh between forty and seventy pounds!

Temperament

The Basset Hound is friendly and playful. They get along well with children and other pets. One consideration for the Basset Hound is that their ears are a bit high maintenance. Their ears are so long that they do not allow air to circulate very well. This can lead to infections. It’s important to keep them clean and dry. It’s best to help the dog by keeping their ears up and off the ground and more importantly out of their food. Puppies can trip over their ears easily, and although it’s cute, it can cause permanent problems for the dog.

Best lifestyle for this breed

Basset Hounds are not particularly high energy, and don’t require excessive exercise. They would do well in an apartment setting or less active family situations. Basset Hounds are great with children and get along easily with other dogs and pets. Basset Hounds are typically clownish and goofy, lovable and kind. They have no qualms about making friends with anyone, so they would make terrible guard dogs. They can always be found wagging their tails. Like all scent hounds, they enjoy tracking so it’s best not to let them off a leash or loose in an unfenced area unless you want to go on a very extended walk. They will drop their nose and not lift it up until they’ve crossed four states.