Basset Hound

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Basset Hound Breed Information

Although they were originally bred for hunting small game like hares and rabbits, Basset Hounds make wonderful family pets and companions for kids and adults alike. They are commonly called Hush Puppy dogs after the shoe brand that made this breed famous. Here’s some key information about Basset Hounds if you are thinking of bringing a puppy home.

Personality wise, Basset Hounds are calm, relaxed, and laidback, which makes them perfect for families and individuals who like to take it easy and have a slow-paced lifestyle.

Bassets are an ideal breed for novice pet owners due to these very same traits. However, one thing to keep in mind is that this easygoing nature on the part of the canine and his owner can quickly lead to weight gain. That’s why it’s important to include some moderate intensity exercise into your Basset Hound’s daily routine.

Basset Hounds adapt well to apartment living and can tolerate being alone for short periods of time. They are sensitive pooches, however, and very affectionate towards family members, including kids in the family and other dogs in the household. In fact, Bassets will demonstrate friendliness towards strangers, too.

Basset Hounds can shed a fair amount and are also big droolers. They are easy to groom, however. This breed has a high prey drive, wanderlust potential, and tendency to bark, so these are things worth keeping in mind before you bring home a Basset Hound puppy.

While they are quite intelligent, Basset Hounds are stubborn and can be challenging to train. Training a Basset Hound require time and patience. Given that they are scent hounds, an interesting scent can distract a Basset Hound from anything and everything.

As mentioned, these are relatively low-energy dogs that do not need high-intensity exercise. They are laidback and easygoing by nature and not very playful.

In terms of size, the average Basset Hound stands around 14 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 50-65 pounds. The life expectancy for this breed is 10-12 years.

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Basset Hound