The Basset Hound (whose French name loosely translates to “low-set hound”) is a medium-sized hound breed. They feature large floppy ears, a coat in typical hound colors such as tan with white markings or red-white and are renowned for their “dopey” appearance. Their typically cute appearance and affectionate temperament make the Basset Hound a fitting choice for anyone looking for a loving companion dog.
Origins Of The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound’s origins are largely unknown but they are believed to have come from France during the 1500s and were developed for the function of hunting small game. They are an old breed that is a direct descendant of the Bloodhound.
Average Size Of The Basset Hound
Basset Hounds are classed as a medium-sized breed. The recommended standard size for the Basset Hound male and female is 14 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 40-60 pounds.
Temperament Of The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is well-known for their sweet, gentle and good-natured temperament. They are generally peaceful with strangers, which often makes them unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Basset Hound is also known to be fairly intelligent but somewhat stubborn – scoring 71st compared to other dogs when considering their ability to be trained obedience instructions.
They are also renowned to be easygoing with children – making them highly popular as a family pet. The Basset Hound is very pleasant with other pets such as other dogs and cats but should be given obedience training to help overcome their instinct to chase prey such as rabbits.
Living Requirements Of The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound does best with a good-sized yard to run around in but doesn’t always need one, so they can be quite suitable for living in an apartment as long as they are taken for daily walks.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Basset Hound
Unlike a large number of medium-sized dogs, the Basset Hound is in general shorter-lived having a life expectancy of 10 years. The major health concern for Basset Hounds is universally recognized as obesity. They are also vulnerable to conditions that include patellar luxation, invertebral disc disease, glaucoma, Von Willebrand’s disease, epilepsy, skin conditions and ear infections.
Exercise Needs Of The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound loves pastimes like a run around the yard or long play sessions that can last for hours. They possess a low quantity of energy but have a lot of stamina and this necessitates exercise each day in the manner of moderately long walks to avoid excessive weight gain and keep them happy and healthy.