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Basset Hound

Basset Hound Facts

Common NameBasset Hound Dog
OriginGreat Britain
Average Size35cm (14in)
Average Weight27kg (60lbs)
Average Lifespan12 years
ColourTan, White, Red, Brown, Black
Average Litter Size8
TemperamentGentle, peaceful and devoted
TrainingShould be trained in obedience from an early age due to their stubborn nature

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Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is often considered a friendly breed. For this reason they are an excellent pet for children. Bassets forget the training when a reward is not present. Bassets should be on a leash when out on walks.

Bassets might howl or bark when they want something or to suggest that they think something is wrong (like a storm is coming). They also use a low, murmuring whine to get attention, which sounds to many owners as though their Bassets are talking. This whine is also used by the hound to beg (for food or treats) and varies in volume depending on the nature of the individual hound and length of time it has been begging.

Because of the extremely long ears of Bassets, they are prone to ear disease. If their ears are allowed to dangle on the ground or in food on a daily basis they are capable of developing chronic and potentially fatal ear diseases.

In addition to ear problems, basset hounds may also have eye issues. Because of their droopy eyes, the area under the eyeball will collect dirt and become clogged with a mucus. It is best to wipe their eyes every day with a damp cloth. This helps to lessen the build up and eye irritation.

Basset Hounds can be on the lazy side and can become overweight on their own if allowed to. They need plenty of exercise and a good diet.