Families will be thrilled by this beautiful dog. The American Hush Puppies is an excellent companion for all family members. His excellent affectionate, calm and very gentle character makes the Basset Hound an excellent choice for all owners, city dwellers or country people. His tranquility and good temperament make him a good companion for country, city, large garden or apartment living as long as he lives indoors with the members of the household.
Quick Overview of the Basset hound
- Excellent character
- Sweet and friendly
- Never aggressive
- Stubborn and very tenacious
- Unique appearance
- Heavy bone structure and short legs
- Elongated body
- Legendary gait
- Ear Disease
- Eye infection
- Weights to be monitored
- Fairly robust in general
Temperament of the Basset hound
This dog, with such a special gait, has an excellent character. Anyone can own a Basset Hound. Gentle, friendly, never aggressive, he loves the company of all the humans in the household, children or adults. Adapted for hunting in a pack, he also lives very well with his fellow creatures or other animals. He has an extremely friendly character and is very affectionate. He is calm, kind, gentle and totally unable to stand guard.
As he can sometimes be pretty stubborn and tenacious, he needs a good firm education. He is also inclined to follow a trail when he feels like it. The leash is therefore necessary for walks because his hunting instincts take precedence over the master's voice on such occasions.
He is very sensitive to his surroundings and when he tries to draw attention to himself, he tends to howl, which can sometimes cause problems if the neighbours are close by.
This dog has a truly unique appearance. Despite his heavy bone structure and very short legs, he is very well proportioned. His elongated body is strong, his gait legendary and unique and gives him a very marginal appearance.
Between 33 and 38 cm (12.99 to 14.96 inches) for the male
Between 33 and 38 cm (12.99 to 14.96 inches) for the female
Between 25 and 30 kg (55.12 to 66.14 pounds) for the male
Between 25 and 30 kg (55.12 to 66.14 pounds) for the female
His colors are usually lemon/white or black/fire/white but some other colours may also be allowed.
The Basset Hound's coat is very tight, short and smooth.
His dome-shaped skull has a rather loose skin. His dark-coloured eyes are diamond-shaped. His legendary ears are his trademark, they are long, curled and drooping. His nose is entirely black. The tail of this breed is long and lifted upwards when in action.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #163
Characteristics of the Basset hound
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Despite his somewhat peculiar appearance and the tendency to believe that he doesn't need to run, exercise is paramount in the breed. He loves to run and runs very fast despite his appearance.
His temperament makes him an excellent house dog, but since he tends to howl, you must make sure that the neighbours tolerate him if they live close by.
The Basset Hound is a very special dog. Even if he loves the countryside and exercise, it is preferable that he lives indoors, humidity being a great enemy of his bones.
Health of the Basset hound
The length of the ears of this breed increases the risk of chronic disease. When the Basset Hound feeds or drinks, the ears tend to sway in the water or food, which can lead to developing disease. Weekly cleaning of the ears will prevent this kind of inconvenience.
Drooping eyelids often collect a lot of dirt and cause mucus deposit that can sometimes lead to eye infection. Daily cleaning will greatly reduce this risk.
Due to his short legs, it is necessary to watch his weight in order to protect his spine. Stairs are also to be proscribed for the Basset Hound. He can use them, but not too often. He is also sensitive to cold and humidity.
As a general rule, the Basset Hound is quite robust but certain precautions must be taken to avoid health issues mainly related to his physique.
The Basset Hound's dress requires no special care. On the other hand, the ears and eyes require regular maintenance. Eyelids and drooping ears contribute to the accumulation of dirt, so weekly care of the ears and daily washing of the eyes with a damp cloth will be necessary.
History of this breed
This magnificent dog, apparently the result of a crossbreeding between the Saint-Hubert (Bloodhound) and the Basset d'Artois, two very old French breeds, the Basset Hound, is recognized worldwide due to many advertisements for the popular American Hush Puppies shoes, of which he is still the official mascot today. The breed has been so associated with this advertising that most people call him Hush Puppies and are totally unaware that the breed is actually called Basset Hound.
The history of the Basset Hound begins around 1561 following the hunting text written by Jacques du Fouilloux. This text indicates, among other things, that the Basset is commonly used to hunt badgers and foxes. The official year of the appearance of the Basset Hound breed is difficult to confirm but apparently, it's the Marquis de La Fayette who gave him to Georges Washington, President of the United States at the time, towards the end of the 18th century.
In France, the Basset Hound achieved great notoriety with Napoleon III. The many bronze sculptures erected by the hands of the sculptor Emmanuel Fremiet are a fine example of this. The United Kingdom welcomed the breed around 1866 but it is only around 1882 that the Kennel Club recognized the breed and in 1884, the English Basset Club was created. The American Kennel Club welcomed him for the first time in 1885.
Working perfectly when part of a pack, these hounds are ideal for hunting deer, wild boar, hare or rabbit. In the West, where he is particularly appreciated as a companion dog, he became part of everyday life after the Basset Hound became the mascot of the Hush Puppies and the television series Columbo, Sheriff Scare Me and Droopy the Cartoon made him a star on American television. The Americans then adopted him as their life companion.