|Originally from France,
the "Basset" (derived from the French words meaning
"low-set") was developed as a hunting hound that could be
followed on foot. By the 1700's, Basset Hounds were used
extensively throughout France, differing somewhat in appearance from
province to province. It is believed that at about this time,
George Washington received a pair of Bassets as a gift from
LaFayette, and in the 1800's Bassets were exported to England and
then to the United States.
Basset is heavier in bone, size considered, than any other
breed. His temperament is mild, his devotion extreme.
His scenting ability, second only to the Bloodhound, has made him an
exceptional hunting and trailing dog. His long ears, facial
wrinkles, deep muzzle and dewlaps help trap and hold the
scent. Sturdy legs and loose skin help him track through
thorny brambles and difficult terrain. While these
characteristics might make him amusing in appearance, these
characteristics are functional.
have easygoing temperaments, making BOTH males and females
excellent pets. They are strong-willed and intelligent, using
these traits to their advantage. They are willing dogs, as
long as what you wish of them is what they intended to do in the
first place. Otherwise, you may begin to think your dog has a
hearing problem. Patience, lots of praise, tenderness and
perseverance (plus a cookie) work wonders.
Hounds love to be loved, and need to be part of a
family. If left alone for any length of time during the day,
consider another dog or cat to keep your dog company. Boredom
can lead your Basset to your favorite rose bush, the sprinkler
system, etc. They do not need a huge yard or high fence, but
their hunting instinct can get them into serious trouble unless they
are confined to home or fenced yard. They firmly believe that
they have the right-of-way in any kind of traffic dispute. The
best invention since popcorn ... the dog door! A wonderful aid
in house training, a mind-relaxer knowing that your dog can get into
the house in bad weather or if you're delayed in getting home,
sudden thunderstorms, fireworks, etc.
Bassets different? Yes! Many people think of the Basset as a
small dog ... they are not. A "small" Basset might
weigh 35 lbs., an average one 50 lbs., and there are even
"large" Bassets weighing in at 65-70 lbs. They are
prone to obesity, particularly after age four or five. Feed
only a high quality food and watch those treats! The Basset
does not need fussy coat care, but because they tend to shed
year-round they should be brushed at least weekly. The inside
of the ears needs to be cleaned ... their heavy ear leather prevents
loss of moisture from inside the ear. The outside of the ear
will collect more dirt than other dogs' because the ears fall into
the water and feed bowls and then drag along the ground. Nails
are tough ... like a Great Dane! They should be trimmed every
two weeks. Trimming every two weeks is so much easier on both
of you! AND DON'T FORGET THE YEARLY INOCULATIONS!! Have
your vet do a fecal check twice a year, and talk to your vet about
heartworm in your area.
The preceding was provided by B.H.