Basset Hound Complete Profile

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Size: Low-slung, but heavy dog Height: 33 - 38 cm (13 - 15 inches) Weight: 18 - 32 kg (40 - 70 lb) Life Span: 11 years Grooming: Relatively easy Exercise: Steady but necessary Feeding: Has a hearty appetite Temperament: Placid & independent Country of Origin: England AKC Group: Hound

Temperament: The Basset Hound is good tempered, placid and affectionate. Basset Hounds can be disobedient and have a mind of their own. These dogs get on well with children and strangers, but Basset Hounds also happily accept unwanted intruders, therefore they do not makerepparttar best guard dog. Basset Hounds can be difficult to house train, but can be obedient with gentle, patient training. Basset Hounds enjoy companionship and make gentle pets with delightful personalities.

Grooming: Grooming forrepparttar 148565 Basset Hound is quite straightforward asrepparttar 148566 coat stays relatively clean without much attention. The loose and dead hairs can be removed with a rubber brush andrepparttar 148567 ears should be checked weekly and kept clean. The folds of skin may need to be cleaned from time to time andrepparttar 148568 claws should be kept short.

Exercise: Basset Hounds do not need a great deal of exercise and they will be quite happy with short regular walks. They can also get exercise by playing inrepparttar 148569 garden, but they should be kept in well-fenced backyards as they love to explore and wander.

Feeding: Basset Hound's have a hearty appetite. They need careful feeding in order to prevent gas forming inrepparttar 148570 stomach (bloat).

History: Originally descended fromrepparttar 148571 old French Hound, after a mutation of genes. The Basset Hound's legs became much shorter, while retainingrepparttar 148572 substance and general characteristics ofrepparttar 148573 breed. The name Basset is derived fromrepparttar 148574 French word 'bas' meaning low. Due to later crosses withrepparttar 148575 Bloodhound,repparttar 148576 breed took onrepparttar 148577 head structure ofrepparttar 148578 latter and improved it's scenting powers to be second only torepparttar 148579 Bloodhound. In France and Belgium, Basset Hounds were used to trail foxes, rabbits and game birds their shorter legs resulting in a slower pace and therefore less likely to scare their quarry. Added to that,repparttar 148580 heavier bodies (up to 22kg or 50lb) and low stature were an asset when working through dense cover.

West Highland White Terrier Complete Profile

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Size: Small Height: About 28 cm (11 inches) Weight: 7 - 10 kg (15 - 22 lb) Life Span: 13 years Grooming: Medium Exercise: Undemanding Feeding: Easy Temperament: Active & friendly Country of Origin: Scotland AKC Group: Terrier Other Names: Westie

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Sturdy, confident and compact. Colour: Always pure white. Coat: The outer coat is wiry, flat, straight and about 5cm (2 inches) in length. The under coat is dense, soft and short. Tail: Straight, carried high and about 13-15 cm (5-6 in) in length. Ears: Small, erect and covered with short, velvety hair. Body: The body is compact with a deep chest and level back. The ribs are well arched andrepparttar shoulders are sloping.

Temperament: Happy, affectionate, extroverted, agile, alert and lively. West Highland White Terriers are extremely confident little dogs that can be cunning and ingenious but also stubborn and independent. They are straightforward to train, but Westies can be persistently naughty and their handler needs to remain consistent and not give in to their charming nature. These dogs are excellent playmates for children as they can withstand rough play. Some Westies may be dominant towards other dogs, but this largely depends on their social upbringing. To prevent them from chasing cats when they are fully grown they need to learn to tolerate them during puppyhood.

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