Basset Hound
Reino Unido FCI 163 . Small-sized Hounds

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is a very happy dog, good and very sociable



The origin of the Basset Hound It, without a doubt, French and one of its closest ancestors is the Artois Hound, that was brought to England in 1.874 along with the Norman artesian Basset, crossing in England in a single race which in turn was crossed with the St. Hubert Hound (using in 1.892 techniques of artificial insemination), favouring, during the selection, copies of most short legs, in order to obtain a dog capable of getting even between the most thick vegetation.

In 1880 is considered to be the first class of Basset Hound in England and also prepared at this time that the first rule and appears that the dichotomy between work and beauty. At the end of the 19th century, the breeding of this breed grows rapidly and the quality of their dogs, also, and they are divided into two lineages, the work and the exhibition. Y, was in 1935 birth name "basset hound", registered first, documented. In 1962, Figure the first litter is registered in France.

United States adopted the race and created a dog only company.

These dogs are around 33 - 38 cm. (on the cross), they have short hair and are generally tricolor (black, honey and white). They also tend to be white with red spots or Red-footed. Some, Although few, they can be gray. They may occasionally leave copies with long hair, Although it is not a desirable feature according to the standard of the breed.

They have very long ears (up to the chest), also long neck with much loose skin and wrinkles around your head, This causes that you have a permanently sad. Its tail is long, erect and a curve.

Physical characteristics

His short stature is misleading because they are very long and can reach things that dogs of similar Bassets could not.
It has marked degree, characteristics that so admirably equipped to track through difficult terrain. Dog short members, heavier bones, considering its size, than any other breed of dog; and although slow movements, in no sense are clumsy.

The word Basset comes from the French “BAS” that means low and that is the main feature of this breed. The Basset Hound It is a breed of small stature due, fundamentally, their short legs and elongated body. The head is prominent and it highlights a few wrinkled brows (due to the large amount of skin), long drooping ears, a few deep eyes that convey sadness and hanging lips. The skin is flaccid and causes many wrinkles around the body and is covered by a short hair, rough can be of different colors of the Bassets (white, black & Fawn) in any combination.

Character and skills

Low and somewhat plump appearance might suggest it is a lazy dog and something sleazy but this is only an impression, is a loving dog of the year. You need to do plenty of exercise to prevent overweight and arthritis at advanced ages.

A specific care of this breed is the possibility of the development of conjunctivitis due to flaccid around eyes skin (that leads to contain moisture), should be monitored continuously.

His facial expression promises sadness, fatigue, but a dog very joyful, good and very sociable, She loves children and adapts perfectly to the family environment. Also, Despite his physical appearance, is a dog She loves the exercise, Sport and trips. It can be very stubborn, also, from cachorro…

Nice temperament, never aggressive or shy (only in some cases). It has great strength in the field. Extremely faithful.

Education “Basset Hound”

The stubborn side of Basset Hound requires authoritative parenting. You don't have to wait for “spend your youth”, since it only matures around 3 years. A constant education, firm and consistent from a young age will make him a good companion dog.

In fact, no matter how smart I am, you will know how to make the most of every hesitation. Hence the importance of being consistent and clear in the rules and the rewards that will be given to you. It shouldn't surprise you that he can turn a deaf ear when you tease him..

Health “Basset Hound”

It is known that the Basset Hound Have overweight, so the risk of canine obesity must be taken into account, that can damage your spine.

Being the back a sensitive point of the Basset Hound, it is recommended to avoid obstacles and stairs in your daily life.

In addition, the Basset Hound have a predisposition to certain skin conditions:

– atopia;
– dermatitis with malassezia;
– primary seborrhea;
– intertrigo (in the folds of the skin).

Their long ears can also be a complicating factor. In fact, are prone to infections such as ear scabies, due to Otodectes cynotis, a microscopic mite that causes itching and pain. This infection is diagnosed by direct examination of the parasite in the ear and then treated by local application of an acaricidal treatment.

Last but not least, the eyes of the Basset Hound, since it is known that the breed has a genetic predisposition that favors the development of primary glaucoma, an eye disease in dogs that impairs the function of the optic nerve. This disease is diagnosed by an ophthalmological exam that measures intraocular pressure, what should a vet do. It is recommended that this examination be performed as soon as possible in the Basset, since the adverse effects of this disease can be reduced if detected early.

Grooming “Basset Hound”

The Basset Hound does not need much coat maintenance. However, the Basset Hound loses hair all the time, so it should be brushed regularly to avoid the accumulation of hair in the house.

In addition, their ears often need to be cleaned, as their length makes it particularly easy for dirt to enter them.

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Ratings of the Basset Hound

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Basset Hound” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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intelligence ⓘ

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Type and recognitions:

Group 6 / Section 1.3 – Hounds of small size
Federations: FCI , AKC , ANKC , CKC , ​KC , NZKC , UKC

FCI breed standard “Basset Hound”

FCIFCI – “Basset Hound”
Basset Hound FCI
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