The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog used by hunters to track or chase prey, they primarily hunt by scent rather than sight, Their sense of smell is second only to that of the Bloodhound. The Basset is known for its personality and short-statured yet noble appearance, they are popular as a family pet and a skilled hunting dog.
Basset Hound Appearance
Basset’s skull is characterized by its large dolichocephalic nose, it has a hanging skin structure that if you look at them it seems they are sad, their ears are long and its neck is wider than its head and their tail is curled and held high over their long backs. They are a large short-legged breed of dog weighing around 20 to 35 kg and 28 to 38 cm tall.
Basset’s coat is short, smooth and soft and comes in a variety of colors such as black, Tan and White tricolors or Tan and White bicolors. Tan can vary from reddish-brown and Red to Lemon. Lemon and White is a less common color. Like other breeds of dogs, it is recommended to brush their fur occasionally especially during summer where they shed a lot. It is better to bathe and groom them as necessary and used the right shampoo and conditioner for their fur to make it soft and smell good.
It is best to keep their dental hygiene and nail care properly, periodontal disease is very common to dog whatever their size, brush their teeth several times a week to help remove tartar and bacteria and maintain the good condition of their teeth. Trim their nails once or twice a month to prevent injury in your dogs, long nails can also cause arthritis or other health concern in dogs. Short, neatly trimmed nails keep the feet in good condition and prevent our dog’s legs from getting scratched when they excitedly jump up to greet us.
Basset Hound Personality
The Basset is a sweet, loving, loyal, sociable and playful dog but sometimes stubborn, they are famously devoted to tracking because they belong to a hunting type of dog. They love their owner a lot that they don’t mind cuddling on the couch for a long period of time. It is not advisable to live in a small place or apartment if you have this kind of breed of dog, it is better if you have a yard or park where they can run freely to release their energy.
Early socialization can make them good to other animals in the house, they are also a good playmate to the children as long as we teach the children how to handle the dogs for the safety of the dogs and the children itself.
Basset Hound Health
Basset has an average life span of 10 to 12 years, they are generally healthy but like other breeds of dogs, they are also prone to some diseases. Not all of them will get any or all of these diseases but the following are the common diseases they can have.
|Ectropion||It is a common condition of dogs where the lower eyelids droop or roll out. It can affect one or both eyes. It is often inherited and has a strong tendency to occur in dogs with loose droopy skin.|
|Hip Dysplasia||It is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints.|
|Skin Fold Dermatitis||This condition occurs when skin folds are deep, causing abnormal rubbing and retaining moisture in an area that’s both warm and not well-aerated.|
|Ear Infections||It is a common canine health problem, and it can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more.|
|Obesity||Basset Hounds loves to eat and will overeat if given the chance. If they put on too much weight, they can begin to have joint and back problems. Portion out food relative to your Basset’s condition, not by the recommendation on the bag or can.|
How much is Basset Hound?
In buying to a legit Breeder you can expect to pay $700 – $1000 to Basset hound puppy.
The legit breeder puts a lot of effort into high quality and healthy breeding of dogs. They provide healthy Dog Foods, visit the Vet for check-ups, Vaccinations, Vitamins, and proper Grooming of the dogs. The breeder will coup up all the expenses he/she spent to provide a healthy breed to you so expect a little expensive.
Nowadays hundreds of thousands of dogs are being abandoned that’s why instead of buying I suggest you adopt! Support those in need give them love and a home to stay for the rest of their life.
Note: The expenses of Taking care of a Dogs does not end in buying one after you bought or adopt your Dog you must provide their necessary needs, like Visit Vet ones a year for their health check-up, Complete and follow up Vaccinations, Foods and provide Vitamins as their maintenance and the most important is Time to play and cuddle with them, I think that’s the most affordable one, giving attention to them, proper care and lots of love from you…