Country of Origin: France
Life Span: 8 – 12 years
Bred For: trailing rabbits and hare
Coat: Smooth, hard and short
Color: any recognized hound color
Height: not more than 14″
The word Basset is from the French word “bas” standing for low thing. Dwarfed short legged dogs happen in numerous dog breeds and have been acknowledged since people started breeding dogs, however it’s hard to know at what period these dogs were bred for there short stature and which ones preceded the current Basset Hound. After the French Revolution, larger amounts of common folk adopted hounding. They required an effective scenting hound dog that they could follow, and that would not frighten the prey out of gun range. The dogs were particularly accommodated for rabbits. 4 different adaptations of short legged hound dogs were produced, with the Basset Artesien Normand most intimately resembling today’s Basset Hound. The 1st basset hounds were brought in to England and the Americas in the later part of the 1800s. By the middle of the 1900s, the basset hounds humorous facial expression had gained it a place in advertising and households.
Basset Hounds are good natured and laid-back, friendly with everyone. They’re slow, can be bullheaded, and might not be frisky enough for physically active kids. This breed loves sniffing and tracking, and are not easily called off a scent, and they can bark loudly.
Basset Hounds require scheduled, however easygoing, physical exercise. The coat requires simply minimal brushing, however the face might require regular cleanup close to the mouth and wrinkles, as the Basset is inclined to drool.
Health concerns with this breed are Elbow dysplasia, ear problems, eyelid problems, glaucoma, gastric torsion, hip dysplasia and VWD. It is recommended that this breed be tested for eye, hip and VWD.