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About The Breed

The Basset Hound has remarkably heavy bones, powerful little legs, massive paws, and they possesses big-dog strength and stamina. Built more for endurance than speed, the Basset moves in a deliberate but effortless manner. The breed’s scenting ability is uncanny; it’s said that among dogs only the Bloodhound’s nose is more accurate. Basset Hound dogs are among the most appealing of the AKC breeds, they are endearing and instantly recognizable. Basset Hounds are a perennial favorite of dog lovers all over the world.

BREED INFORMATION -The Basset Hound fits perfectly into family life with its sweet, peaceful and gentle nature. These dogs are well behaved and always friendly. Incapable of biting, they never have an indication of sharpness or viciousness. They are steadfastly loyal, rather obedient with proper training. They like doing tricks for food to please their owners and their stomachs.

QUICK FACTS
• weight: 40 – 60 pounds:
• height:  : M: 12 – 15; F: 11-14 inches
• life expectancy 10 – 12 years

COLOR
• Black and Tan
• Brown, Gray
• Red, Tricolor, White

IDEAL COMPANIONS
• Active
• City Dwellers
• Families
• Singles

TEMPERAMENT
• Affectionate
• Devoted
• Friendly
• Gentle
• Sweet-Tempered

TRADEMARK TRAITS
• Active
• Affectionate
• Amusing
• Courageous
• Easygoing
• Intelligent

BEHAVIOR
The Basset uses his pleading gaze to wheedle treats from anyone who can’t resist them — and that’s most people — as well as to get out of trouble when he has broken the rules. Beneath that sleepy expression, Bassets are highly intelligent and they quickly learn to manipulate people using “helpless” body language and lots of tail wagging. Behaviors a Basset might use to cajole his people into letting him stay on the couch include rolling over on his back, moaning and making full use of his puppy-dog eyes. They are known to be a good-natured clown with a definite sense of humor.

ENERGY
Basset Hounds have impressive endurance, they are quite content to “go with the flow” of things. If you are active, they will be happy to accompany you. If you’d rather sit at home and relax for the day, they are down with that idea. One thing’s for sure: they’re less likely to get into a frenzy like other dogs. They love to go for daily walks to keep, it keeps them him healthy and prevents them from becoming overweight. They do great at dog parks, as they love to be part of a dog pack just as much as a human one.

TRAINING
Basset hounds need a firm person in charge of their feeding as they have a definite tendency to become obese, which can cause serious problems with their long backs. They are not high-powered athletes who need to run every day, but they should have a good long walk at least once daily to keep them fit.

Bassets are intelligent dogs and independent, but training and rules may need some work–all hope is not lost, while it may seem impossible train an “independent: dog, you can actually train a Basset Hound. You just need to want and be able to put in the time and persistence necessary to do it.

CHILDREN
Yes of course Children are safe around a Basset Hound! They are very gentle around kids. There is no other play-mate as good, they love playing with children and will also protect them. They will tolerate the noise made by children and will also sit patiently when they are being used as a horse by kids.

Having developed as pack animals, Basset Hounds do feel a need for company and are happiest when they have their families around. They get along with the children as well as other pets, and are awesome calm indoor dogs. However, like any other breed, you should always supervise your toddlers around your pet.

Basset Hound And The Baby Are Best Of Friends: Check out this video of a Basset Hound with a baby:    https://youtu.be/9yZNAf-aCd0

Basset Hound and Cats: They can love cats in many cases:  https://youtu.be/SbZe-PNJV70

PET COMPATIBILITY
Tolerant and Sociable: The devoted Basset Hound temperament loves being part of a pack; however, because Basset Hounds are pack dogs, they are not territorial. Instead, they are rather tolerant and sociable. As a pack dog, he’s full of team spirit. His motto is “The more the merrier,” and he enjoys the company of people, kids, other dogs and cats. They do very well with other pets and so are particularly comfortable in a large family. While they may alert you with a bark to someone outside the front door, they are more likely to greet the stranger calmly once you open the door, rather than like an intruder.

Basset Hounds once hunted in packs and, to this day, they are still happy to be “one among many.” This is true for dogs, cats, people – whoever! It is rare for the Basset Hound to take issue with anyone or anything. However, they do typically need company—cat, dog whatever–and do not do well if left alone for long periods of time because they are lonely. It is important that you realize that it is for TYPICALLY LONG PERIODS OF TIME and not all the time.

PERSONALITY
What can be more entertaining than living with a Beset Hound? They are wonderful family dogs with a clownish personality. The mild-mannered Basset Hounds are loyal, affectionate and active dogs. They make good family companions that are loving and amusing household pets. With a deep musical bark and short legs, their movement is humorous looking and slow but not clumsy. As pets, they are loyal, devoted and obedient to owners. They get along well with other pets and children thanks to their mild temper. They are also good-natured and will never be sharp or timid.

Bassets are fairly intelligent dogs, but they are not the easiest to train. Start training right as soon as possible and do use plenty of positive training to keep them interested. Grooming is fairly quick and easy and involves just a swipe with a brush once or twice a week.

TEMPERAMENT
The Basset Hound fits perfectly into family life with its sweet, peaceful and gentle nature. These dogs are well behaved and always friendly. Incapable of biting, they never have an indication of sharpness or viciousness. They are steadfastly loyal, rather obedient with proper training. They like doing tricks for food to please their owners and their stomachs.

Basset Hounds are known for their calm and patient temperament. They are also known as “clown” dogs because they do their thing on their own time which often lead to humorous interactions. They are not aggressive to people and other animals. They will happily welcome your guests with a tail wag.

Bassets are also gentle, docile, and sweet-tempered. This is because it is quite difficult to aggravate the Basset Hound. Rather than react aggressively to unwanted attention, they are more than likely to just move to a more sheltered spot. It takes a lot to upset the Basset Hound.