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Here’s What You Need To Know About Basset Hounds

December 26, 2018

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Let’s start with a brief introduction, shall we? The Basset Hound is said to have first been mentioned in an article (about hunting) dated 1585. The breed was developed by the French.

Generally, hounds (the category into which Basset Hounds fall) are of two types – scent hounds and sight hounds. The Basset hound falls into the category of scent hounds. That means you’ll need to be alert whenever you take your pup for a walk, because he could easily run off if he gets a whiff of some perceived prey.

This post will get you acquainted with what to expect from when you’re buying your Basset Hound pup to when you bring him home.

Physical Appearance

It’s almost impossible to mistake the Basset Hound for any other dog. They have very unique physical characteristics with lots of skin, long ears and a long nose – which makes them very quick to pick out a scent. The following post describes them in detail:

Many people are very surprised, when encountering a Basset Hound up close, at how bulky and heavy this breed really is. They may be short-legged, but Bassets weigh 50 or 60 pounds and need a moderate amount of daily exercise to stay fit, even if they appear to be content snoring in front of the fireplace. Lazy owners have fat Bassets with concurrent health problems. Read more at Your Pure Bred Puppy…

All the physical characteristics of the Basset Hound adapt it to its activities. For instance, did you know the “hanging” skin is where the scent is hidden as it sniffs around?

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Health Issues

Owing to the fact that it the Basset Hound is naturally heavy, if not exposed to adequate exercise, obesity is a big problem, as earlier mentioned. However, there are other health concerns that Basset Hounds are predisposed to, as the following post describes:

The Basset Hound, which has an average lifespan of 8 to 12 years, is prone to major health conditions such as Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD), gastric torsion, elbow dysplasia, thrombopathy, entropion, otitis externa, ectropion, glaucoma, von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD), and canine hip dysplasia (CHD). Obesity is a common problem in the breed, which can lead to back problems. It may also suffer from patellar luxation. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may recommend eye and hip exams on this breed of dog; platelet tests may help confirm vWD. Read more at PetMD…

Getting your pup from a breeder who can give you a health-guarantee for your pup is very important. It will give you a clear picture of the health status of your pup.


If you are going to get a Basset hound pup, there are certain things you should expect during training. Here is a short description:

Basset Training Can be Tricky: They’re Rather Stubborn!

Hard-headed is an understatement. These puppies only train well when they feel like it. Being very food driven dogs, they will quickly forget how to do a trick if there isn’t a treat waiting!

To get the most out of training your hush puppy, start as soon as is possible. You can start as soon as you get home. Crate-training is advisable if you are planning to leave your Basset at home alone for longer periods of time.

It is also important to socialize your puppy from an early age. If you can’t join a puppy socialization group or training group just yet, be sure to introduce your pup to as many friends and family members as you can. Read more at Certapet…

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Always work with a good breeder to ensure your pup is properly socialized before you purchase one. My Next Puppy is the place to go if you are looking for a good Basset Hound. We will walk you through the process of acquiring one and help where we can to get your new pup settled in his or her new home. Visit our Available Puppies page, or call us on (703) 844-9796 for more information.