Basset Hound - a detective on four paws! For the crook nose is an important organ. With this he discovers numerous smells, which animate him to meticulously search for clues during his daily walk. Already his ancestors possessed this gift. The quadruped is recognized by the FCI as a pedigree dog and belongs to the group of bloodhounds.
The Basset Hound has a domed skull with a harmoniously pronounced stop. The bridge of his nose is almost parallel to the line of the skull. The loosely fitting scalp forms visible wrinkles on the forehead and cheeks.
Quadrupeds of this dog breed have so-called floppy ears. These partially reach over the end of the muzzle. His dark, diamond-shaped eyes give him a serious look. Nevertheless, these radiate serenity and calm.
Bassets wear a short and dense coat with different shades of color. The tight Bundle stands on short, strong forelegs. His hind legs are strongly muscled.
The Basset Hound has an elongated body on which the belly, ears and eyelids are disproportionately "lowered". An exceedingly funny sight! However, you should not be fooled by this. The droll little fellow often turns out to be an absolute powerhouse. This is also expressed by his character.
He loves the pack, the hustle and bustle around him. Wagging his tail, he first greets every guest at the door before sniffing them curiously. The four-legged friend is therefore not suitable for the job of guard dog. The good-natured Basset Hound cannot bite anyone anyway. On the other hand, its low pitched barking makes it all the more frightening. Cheeky thieves therefore have little chance.
Little Flea is a popular family and companion dog. Due to his calm and good-natured nature, he is equally suitable for sensitive children. Dogs sense the need for help of the little ones and instinctively slip into the role of protector.
Although the Basset Hound hardly shows any speed, he is still sought after as a hunting dog. In this field, he has excellent qualities as a hunting dog. Especially the hare hunt enables him to pursue small game over a longer period of time.
During extended walks he sniffs at all corners and edges. As an owner you should pay attention to this! Even wild growth and dense undergrowth in parks or forest areas are no obstacle for his hunting desires. Once his sense of smell has picked up the scent, the little thick skull switches to the off mode and follows the scent. You as the owner have bad luck!
Representatives of this breed of dogs still have a special stubbornness. This character trait is difficult to suppress. With a lot of patience, praise and using the play instinct, it is sometimes possible to limit this behavior. Professional help is also offered at this point by dog schools. In addition to training, they provide other important tips for practical application in everyday life.
The droll dogs are often found in different living conditions. In the first years, this is not yet a great burden for the four-legged friend. In the later course, however, Bello's short little legs are no longer able to cope with climbing stairs up to the third or fourth floor. Without an elevator, this is hardly possible for him! A first floor apartment or a house with a garden are the preferred option for the darling.
The dogs have a robust immune system. Due to the physique, typical diseases can also occur in these four-legged friends. These include eye diseases in the form of conjunctivitis or drooping eyelids. A frequent problem are also the drooping ears. They overlap the ear canals and block the air supply. Chronic ear infections are therefore unavoidable!
In winter, the little Seppl is threatened by further dangers that are extremely unpleasant. Due to the short legs, frostbite sometimes occurs on the scrotum and foreskin. A conversation with the vet is highly recommended!
The right food
The diet of the Basset Hound should always be varied. In addition to offal and meat, vegetables and fruit should only be given in a pureed state. In rare cases, it may also be a treat. Nevertheless, you must choose the diet wisely. The Basset Hound tends to be overweight.
For many a four-legged dog of this breed, even the procurement of food is a feast for the eyes. The small sausage in front of the snack store is unceremoniously overlooked. As soon as mistress or master have passed the place, the crook runs back and gets the morsel. The greed of eating is just overpowering!
Basset Hound Care
Grooming this breed of dog takes very little time. You only need to brush your Basset regularly. On the one hand, this removes the dead hair and dirt. On the other hand, you prevent unnecessary matting. During the coat change, you can also stroke the dog's body with a rubber glove.
The loose hairs stick to it. By the way, four-legged friends enjoy brushing. After all, this procedure resembles a long-lasting massage that soothes both man and beast.
Furthermore, you must check the sensitive eyes and ears regularly! Also the care of the claws is to be considered. These should always be kept short.
Well equipped for a walk in the winter? Although the Basset Hound has a dense coat, it still "lies" close to the ground. Thus, the low runner freezes much faster than larger breeds of dogs.
A dog jacket with a groin protector allows the little guy to survive even longer winter walks without damage. In this safe package he can chase the snowflakes and sniff the white splendor.
However, always make sure that your dog does not freeze. Short-term shivering is not a problem. A permanent jittering, however, is a sign to immediately start the way home. Please also take care of old, sick and young animals! With these the walks should be clearly shorter. In this case it may be also times a small round more per day.
Origin & History
Due to the turbulent history of its origins, different traditions exist. The fact is that the origins of the four-legged Minnis lie in France of the early Middle Ages. The immediate ancestors are considered to be the French Lowland Basset d'Artois and Basset Artésien Normand.
In the middle of the 19th century, the four-legged friends arrived in Great Britain. There began a real run on the breed. In 1892, breeders crossed another bloodhound. This made it possible to refine the sense of smell of the dog enormously. Besides Great Britain and the USA, the Basset Hound spread worldwide.
It was not until 1957 that the first officially recognized registration took place in Germany. Since then, the Basset Hound is also in this country on the scale of popularity.