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Basset Hound

Family: scenthound
Area of origin: France
Original function: trailing rabbits and hare
Average size of male: Ht: <14, Wt: 40-60
Average size of female: Ht: <14, Wt: 40-60
Other names: none

Basset Hound Dog Temperament

The Basset Hound is among the most good-natured and easygoing of breeds. He is amiable with dogs, other pets and children, although children must be cautioned not to put strain on his back with their games. He is calm inside, but needs regular exercise to keep fit. He prefers to investigate slowly, and loves to sniff and trail. He is a talented and determined tracker, not easily dissuaded from his course. Because of this, he may get on a trail and follow it until he becomes lost. He tends to be stubborn and slow-moving. He has a loud bay that he uses when excited on the trail.

Basset Hound Dog Care

The Basset needs mild daily exercise, which can be satisfied by walking on leash or playing in the yard. He does best as a house dog with access to a yard. His coat needs only minimal grooming, but his face may need regular cleaning around the mouth and wrinkles. Bassets tend to drool.

Basset Hound Dog Health

Major concerns: foreleg lameness, OCD, entropion, ectropion, otitis
externa, intervertebral disc disease, glaucoma, vWD, CTP, gastric
Minor concerns: foot cysts and infection
Occasionally seen: patellar luxation
Suggested tests: eye, blood
Life span: 8-12 years
Note: Obesity is a problem in the breed, especially because it
contributes to intervertebral disk disease.

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