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Basset Hound Dog Breed: What You Need to Know

Basset Hound

Many dog breeds are easily recognizable, such as the Basset Hound dog breed. This beautiful little dog is small, but quite heavy, and has a very distinct look that is difficult to miss. One of the friendliest and most loving dogs in the world, these are the consummate pets. They love kids and adults, they are gentle and sweet and they seem to have just the right amount of energy. In fact, some of the Basset Hound is used in many cartoons, movies and shows because of its slow, sweet nature and its gentle personality. However, before you make the final decision to rescue a Basset Hound of your own, we urge you to do your research and make sure that this is the dog for you; if you’re looking for a dog with a little more size or energy, the Basset Hound dog breed is probably not the right dog for you.

Personality and Temperament

Sweet, gentle and very docile, this is a darling dog. The Basset Hound is devoted and loving, affectionate and very sweet. This is a dog that is always well-behaved and very peaceful by nature, never looking for conflict of any kids. You will never find a Basset Hound that’s not friendly and sweet. However, do not allow his personality to fool you into believing that he is a weak or timid dog. He is not. He is a dog that has an intelligent mind, but one that can manipulate a weak owner.

Many Basset Hound owners learn very quickly that while this is a sweet and very gentle dog, it’s also a very smart dog. Unless you are very firm and consistent with training, the Basset Hound will attempt to take over the role of leader of your family. He can become difficult to housebreak, and he can become a bit too confident in his considered role of boss.

Basset Hounds are wonderful family dogs as they have an endless supply of patience with children, they get along just fine with other animals and they are not overly needy in any capacity.

Basset Hound

Lifestyle and Expectation

The Basset Hound is the perfect dog for anyone who is looking for a small dog with a big personality. Most of these little dogs are no more than 15 inches tall, but they are surprisingly heavy usually coming in around 65 pounds. It is common for females to stand a little bit shorter and weigh a bit less than their male counterparts. Once you have a Basset Hound in your family, expect to have him around for a decade to 12 years on average. Some live a little longer, but this is typically what you can expect with a Basset Hound at home.

When considering a Basset Hound for your own family, you do have to take your own living conditions into consideration. This is a breed that does all right in an apartment or small home without a yard, but it does prefer outdoor space in which it and run and frolic and play. What you will notice about the Basset Hound is that it’s a relatively inactive dog when stuck inside. However, this breed turns into a bundle of energy when taken outdoors and given free space in which to run and play. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the Basset Hound to spend hours playing outdoors when given the chance.

The Basset Hound dog breed might not strike you as a dog that requires much exercise, but he does. He needs a long walk every day and he needs ample time in the great outdoors in which he can run around and enjoy himself to the fullest extent. These are dogs that will become bored if cooped up too long, so be sure that you are able to devote this kind of time to exercising your Basset Hound.

Health Concerns

The good news is that the Basset Hound dog breed is a relatively healthy breed. There are no real breed-specific health considerations to keep in mind when deciding whether or not this is the right breed for you. However, there are few considerations that you should make about yourself. Are you willing to carefully monitor the diet of your Basset Hound dog breed?

This is a dog that is prone to overeating. Because of his size and the way that his little body is shaped, any excess weight he puts on not only increases the Basset Hound’s risk of other health issues, it also puts a lot of pressure on his legs. He can then suffer from health issues related to carrying too much weight on such small legs not built for that kind of weight. It can get so bad that your Basset Hound could become paralyzed if you are not careful to keep him fed correctly.

Since the Basset Hound is also a breed that tends to bloat, it’s recommend that their owners feed them their recommended daily serving over the course of the day in two or three smaller meals rather than one large meal.

Breed History

One of the oldest dog breeds around, it’s thought that the Basset Hound is a descendant of the original bloodhound. It is believed that he is a dog that developed after a dwarf litter was born and then became popular with people across the world. This is a dog that has very long ears and a very low body, and even Shakespeare has written about this breed. What is fascinating about the Basset Hound, too, is its keen sense of hearing. This is a dog that has outstanding hearing and can often hear things that we as humans would never be able to hear.

It wasn’t until someone brought their own Basset Hound to a dog show in Paris sometime in the mid-19th century that the breed began to become popular. Over the past century or so the Basset Hound has grown exponentially in popularity and is now one of the most popular and beloved family dogs in the world. It’s one that everyone adores.

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Tiffany Raiford is a lifelong Floridian, wife to my high school sweetheart and mother of four littles (two girls and boy/girl twins...no, they are not identical and yes, I'm sure). My kids love to whine, so I love to wine. My loves include nap time, bed time, date night, travel and evenings and weekends when my husband is home because he handles all diaper changes.
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