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 make 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 for Basset Hound is quite straightforward as coat stays relatively clean without much attention. The loose and dead hairs can be removed with a rubber brush and ears should be checked weekly and kept clean. The folds of skin may need to be cleaned from time to time and 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 in 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 in stomach (bloat).
History: Originally descended from old French Hound, after a mutation of genes. The Basset Hound's legs became much shorter, while retaining substance and general characteristics of breed. The name Basset is derived from French word 'bas' meaning low. Due to later crosses with Bloodhound, breed took on head structure of latter and improved it's scenting powers to be second only to 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, heavier bodies (up to 22kg or 50lb) and low stature were an asset when working through dense cover.