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Basset Hound

Origin: Great Britain

AKC Group: Hound

Height: No more than 14 inches (35.5 cm) (Male)

Weight: 45 pounds (Male)

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Origin: 
Great Britain
Male height: 
No more than 14 inches (35.5 cm)
Male weight: 
45 pounds
Coat: 
Short, hard and dense.
Colors: 
Basset Hounds come in the assortment of colors typically found in hounds, including tricolor (black, red, and white), red and white, and lemon and white.
History: 

The Basset Hound is a hunting dog from antiquity, developed from other French hunting hounds with a definite contribution from the Bloodhound. In French, "bas" means "low," which is how he got his name. He became popular in the late 1800s, when he was exhibited at the Paris Dog Show - his characteristic low, long body, droopy ears and sad expression won him admirers from all over Europe. His capable but relatively slow hunting speed suited Americans just fine, and by 1885, he was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). He has remained one of the most popular breeds in the United States and around the world.

Personality: 
The Basset Hound is always friend, never foe. He is sweet, gentle, kind, naturally well behaved and devoted. Although he thrives on finding and tracking scents, he is not so single-minded that he forgets where he is or whom he's with. He may appear to waddle as he moves, but he is not clumsy.
At home: 
Although he is a large dog, the Basset Hound is suitable for almost any living situation as long as he is given adequate walks on leash. Backyards should be securely fenced, as he will follow any interesting scents that come his way. He has a deep, melodic voice, which he is not shy to use.
Exercise: 
The Basset Hound does not require large amounts of exercise and is content to take short strolls that occupy his nose more than the rest of his body. He isn't interested in getting anywhere particularly quickly, but if requested or required, he has significant stamina.
Feeding: 
The Basset Hound loves food and has a tendency to gain weight easily, so he must be fed a high-quality diet and his weight monitored. It is important to keep a Basset Hound at the proper weight, as any excess puts undue stress on his already vulnerable body structure.
Training: 
Don't expect Golden Retriever-like responses from your Basset Hound, but as an equally devoted companion, he is interested in what you want from him. Bassets are highly food motivated, and training that seems like fun and involves tasty rewards is right up his alley.
Compatibility: 
Bassets were bred to hunt in packs and get along well with other dogs, and if properly socialized, other pets as well. This trustworthy breed also does well with children.
Health: 
The average life span for the Basset Hound is 10 to 12 years. With a long back and short legs that support a relatively heavy body, the Basset is prone to injuries and illness that affect the back and joints. Bassets are also prone to bloat.
Fun fact: 

Some historians believe that George Washington owned Basset Hounds given to him by Lafayette after the American Revolution.

Grooming blurb: 
A quick going-over with a hound glove a few times a week is all the Basset Hound needs to keep his coat clean. Although his coat is easy to care for, his skin is less so. Because it is elastic and somewhat baggy, debris can become trapped in the folds, especially in the folds of loose skin around his eyes. If left untended, debris can aggravate the skin and lead to abrasion and infection. Also, the Basset's ears are highly prone to infection because their length and weight keep air from getting to the ear canal.
Disclaimer: 
Copyright by T.F.H. Publications, Inc. This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader's discretion.