Basset Hound Dog Breed at a Glance
The typically tri-colored Basset Hound is a wonderful companion for owners with little experience, but may be difficult to train. Patience is a virtue with the Basset Hound, which is also known as Hush Puppy or simply, Basset. It is suited for apartment dwellers, is good with kids, other pets, and strangers. It is not a protective breed, although it will alert owners by barking if an intruder is present. The Basset is suitable to hot and cold climates. This is an ideal breed for owners living a more sedentary lifestyle, as it is only slightly active.
HISTORY of the Basset Hound
The modern Basset Hound was bred for hunting because of its **strong sense of scent. It is a descendant of hound dogs from Ancient Greece and were known to never give up the scent until the prey was found.
Origin: France / Great Britain
Expect an affectionate, gentle, and friendly dog with this breed. It is cat friendly and can be mouthy, with the occasional barking. It has a high hunting drive and impulse to wander, so keep it on a leash when out and about.
Physical Characteristics of the Basset Hound
The common colors include black and tan, tricolor, white, red, brown, and gray. The Hush Puppy is easily recognizable with its physical characteristics, namely its long ears and body, and its short legs. Its coat is dense, thick, and short and is water-repellent.
The Basset Hound weighs between 40 and 60 pounds and stands between 11 and 15 inches tall.
Shedding is to be expected with the beloved Basset. Regular brushing can help, but expect to vacuum frequently. It is NOT a hypoallergenic breed. This breed of dog also has a high drooling tendency.
HEALTH and CARE of the Hush Puppy
The life expectancy of the Basset Hound is between 11 and 12 years, which is shorter than the average for large breeds according to statistics.
Common Health Concerns
Each breed is susceptible to certain health conditions and diseases. The Hush Puppy is at a high risk for:
and at a medium risk for:
- Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat).
The Basset Hound has a great potential for weight gain, but proper nutrition and an exercise routine will help to keep its weight in check.
According to its large size, it will require between 2.5 and 3 cups of kibble each day.
The Hush Puppy has low grooming needs, without the need for stripping or trimming.
The Basset Hound dog breed was recognized by the AKC in 1885.