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Basset Hound Breeders

If you are after a dog that looks somewhat different but that is loving and adorable, you can’t go past the unique hangdog expression of the basset hound.  Here’s what you need to know.

Characteristics of the Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is known for being a dog that is set close to the ground, and for being much longer than it is tall.  They are quite a solid, heavyset dog.  The Basset Hound has a rounded head with a long muzzle and the skin on the face is quite loose and wrinkled.  Their lips tend to hang down from the face and they have long, velvety ears that reach almost to the ground.  This combination tends to give them quite a “hangdog” appearance and this is what they are famed for.  Coat-wise, the Basset Hound has a short, dense coat that is tricolour (black, tan and white), red and white, lemon and white, or even blue.

The Basset Hound Temperament

The Basset Hound is a very lovable dog that is both an excellent companion and great for families.  They are very friendly and energetic and love to play all the time.  However, they can tend to be forgetful dogs.  The Basset Hound is great around children, and will also get along well with other pets.  The Basset Hound accepts training well and it is important to train your Basset as they are much happier with some guidance, and training will also help to socialise them better.  As they are a hound, if the Basset gets a whiff of something good, they will be off following it. This is why it is so important to have good fencing, or to keep them on a lead.

Caring for the Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is fairly low maintenance grooming wise due to their short coat and all you should have to do is to brush the coat regularly to remove loose hairs.  However, the Basset Hound does have a propensity for drooling so you may find yourself having to wipe up drool all the time.  As well, the drooping ears of the Basset Hound need to be regularly cleaned both inside and out.  Their long back can cause them problems so you should try and minimise the amount of jumping that they do and ensure that they don’t become overweight as this places extra strain on the back. The Basset Hound will live for around 12 years on average but can live longer with a good diet and plenty o f TLC.

Who is the Basset Hound Suited To?

The Basset Hound is suited for owners and families that can give them lots of love and attention. They hate to be left alone so if you will be gone a lot, you need to give them company in the form of another pet.

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