Those who own a Basset hound will likely have many interesting stories to tell you about their pet. The Basset is a short-legged, friendly, and a very active dog. He is affectionate, easy to train, and also picks up scents quickly. From the vermin-filled regions of France to the British Isle, all the way across the ocean to the open fields of America, the Basset Hound has indeed come a long way. Let us study some cool facts, temperament, training tips, and other aspects you need to know about raising a Basset.
Cool facts about the Basset Hound
- The long-running series of Fred Basset cartoons were based on a Basset hound. The creator of the cartoons, Alex Graham, actually owned had dog breeds at home, but none of them were Basset hounds. The public took to the cartoons but many Basset owners complained that Fred was nothing like a Basset. As a result, The Daily Mail gifted Graham a Basset hound so that he could have a live model to work with. Fred the Basset soon became very popular around the world. His name was also changed from region to region and he even appeared in short cartoon films voiced by Lionel Jeffries.
- The word basset is French for ‘low-set’ or ‘dwarf’. Basset hounds of today are known as the achondroplastic type of dogs meaning that they have a form of dwarfism which affects the long bones development. Another dog breed with achondroplasia is the Dachshund. Due to this ‘deformity’, bassets can easily enter rabbit holes and badger lairs; a feat that is impossible for dogs with ‘normal’ leg formation.
- Do not let its short legs fool you; bassets are known to have broken records in leaping hurdles and in agility training courses.
- Lassie’s friend Pokey from the famous TV series was a Basset.
- The Maytag advertisements also featured a Basset hound.
- A Disney movie named Artistocats also featured a Basset named Lafayette.
- The Basset Hound is Hush Puppies first and the only logo since 1958.
- Basset hounds size – Heavy boned and thick-bodied, the Basset measures about 14-16 inches and weighs about 50-70 lb.
- The reason why Bassets are so good at tracking scents is owing to their leather noses and large wide-opened nostrils. Additionally, the loose skin around their face, head, muzzle, and flews holds the scent for long periods around the dog’s knowing nose.
- Bassets hound’s coat is hard, smooth, short and with enough density for all-weather protection.
- Colors – Black, white, and brown (liver), as well as lemon (light lemon and white), red or tan and white, are common colors in Bassets. A mix of three colors also shows up often.
Where to find a Basset Hound
A vet or local pet shop usually keeps a list of local Basset Hound breeders near you. You can also call up the Basset Hound Club of America to find basset breeders. Talk to several breeders before settling on one. A good breeder would be willing to answer all of your questions you may have about the breed. The breeder must not be in it for just the money; rather, s/he should show genuine concern for the breed’s welfare. An advantage of purchasing your Basset hound puppy from a good breeder is that you can meet the puppy’s dam (mother). Do not be overly impressed by breeders who advertise about their champions in magazines. The real, ethical breeders are usually quiet and unassuming. Expect to pay anywhere between $300 and $500 for a purebred Basset hound puppy. Basset hound price varies from location to location, breeder to breeder, and also depends on the pups’ coat color. If the breeder is based out of state, you might also have to pay shipping charges.
Basset hound temperament
Basset hounds are very sweet, friendly, affectionate, and loyal dogs. They are never moody and have a stable temperament. Sometimes they can be stubborn but usually, they are easy to train. While his nature is a mild one, in no way is this dog timid. He is a surefire hit with the kids and will shower his love on all the humans he shares space with.
Basset hounds pick up scents when outdoors, so always keep him on a leash when outside. This is an active, outdoorsy dog that does well in an apartment and is likely to be very quiet indoors. They can be left alone for long hours provided you train him from a young age. A few basset hounds are known to exhibit signs of separation anxiety. In such cases, they may whimper, howl, or soil the living areas when left alone. Overall, they are good-natured, easy-going, and more loveable than most dog breeds.
Bassets do well indoors but they are very much the active, outdoor dogs. Remember they were bred to hunt and hence they need daily activity where they can sniff to their heart’s content. This breed also has a tendency to put on weight. So, daily exercise is a must. Bassets do well in homes with yards and, if left outside, they will run all day. That is why they do well in households with active and energetic kids. Point of caution: do not over-exercise very young puppies. Keep exercise in moderation until your dog is fully mature.
If you want to be successful in training your pet, you must understand his personality and act accordingly. Never blame the dog for lack of communication. Your basset loves his treats and he will do well with positive, reward-based training. Have patience and be consistent; bassets usually train quickly as they are eager to please their owners.
Basset hounds have short hair so there is not much grooming. Take a comb with natural bristles and a firm handle and give him a good rub and shake every now and then. Your dog will love you for this and might even reward you with a wag of his tail to tell you how pleased he is. Get his toenails trimmed regularly and ensure that you wipe down all elastic surfaces which tend to attract germs. Bassets require a bath occasionally.
Many Basset owners have to visit their vets for their Basset’s skin problems compared to any other issues. They are also prone to gastric torsion or bloating which can be fatal. Glaucoma and blood disorders are also common in Basset hounds. The lifespan of this breed is about 10 years.