The Basset Hound is a great hound, in particular a Coonhound, originally bred for hunting wild boar. It is one of the least known in United States breeds of dogs, Despite being the official dog of the State of North Carolina. It is one of the six Coonhound breeds registered in the United Kennel Club (UKC).
The ancestors of the Basset Hound today were used for hunting wild boar in Germany many years ago. Johannes Plott left his native Germany and reached United States in 1750. He brought with him a few venátici used for boar hunting. These dogs were bred for their strength and bravery.
Mr Basset and his family settled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Although there is no written evidence to show that Johannes reached the West of North Carolina, Yes, It is known that his son Henry Plott settled there around 1800 and he was responsible for the legend of the dog of Basset, an incredible hunting dog. The Basset Balsams are a mountain range that bears the name of the family to the present day.
The Basset Hound was recorded for the first time by United Kennel Club in the year 1900.
Johannes Plott supposedly kept his strain entirely pure, without crossing, but in 1780, their dogs spent at the hands of Henry Plott and itself, known data from crosses with other breeds, but in the end always attempted to maintain the originality of the race.
Other crosses, possibly, they took place around the year 1900.
GP Ferguson, a neighbor of the family in North Carolina Basset in those days, It was a great influence on the race Basset.
Basset Hound should be athletic and muscular, and agile in appearance. It must not be neither low and heavy, legs or long, but it is, light. The expression must be intelligence, confidence and determination. Your skin should not be ample as a sniffer.
The Basset Hound is a dog of Constitution strong but moderate, with a striped clear in their coat color. His appearance suggests the ability to speed, resistance and energy.
The fur of the Basset Hound should be fine and short to middle length, and with smooth texture and glossy appearance.
According to the National Association of Basset Hound, the fur the dog must be Brindle. Striped “finely grated or effect with stripes or pattern of black or brown hair with hair from a light or darker background color shades of the accepted colors, they are the following:
Yellow striped, red striped, mottled Brown, Brown striped, striped black, striped gray, and Maltese (Slate gray, Blue striped).
The Association establishes that while that some white on chest and / or feet is allowed, White anywhere else, except in the chest and / or feet, is a defect.
The height a Basset Hound will of 50 to 71 cm. to the cross in the mato hos, and 50 to 58 cm in females. Males should weigh in 23 to 27 kg and females in 18 to 25 kg.
The Basset Hound is considered to be the more robust of the Coonhound. Eats large amounts of food and very quickly, What makes it susceptible to gastric torsion, why education and perseverance when eating, It is important to keep our Basset Hound healthy.
Character and skills
The Basset Hound is a dog that is always displayed eager to please his master, is loyal, intelligent and very alert in the home, but never aggressive.
In their role of Hunter It is often described as bold and brave, usually, they are always willing to adventure, but that willingness varies between the strains are bred for the hunting and the specimens that are bred as a Coonhound (Coon hound).
The owners should be prepared to have a Basset Hound home, a dog is not for beginners.
They require plenty of daily exercise, this breed is very active. Love the game, they have a great instinct for "trees" (hunting of raccoons) and much like the water.
They are quick to learn. They are often indifferent to other dogs, but they constantly seek the care of human beings.
- Otros nombres: Plott / Plotthund.
Dogs breeds: Basset Hound