Basset Hound Puppies

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Small but oh!

The sad Basset Hound-look deceives: Most Basset hounds, also Basset Hound, small merry rascals – their good mood is contagious! A floppy-eared basset hound will put a smile on the face of any animal lover. Here you will learn the most important things about this short-legged hunting breed. He is a faithful companion of many families.

Long ears, short legs

With a maximum height at the withers of 38 cm, a Basset Hound weighs 35 kg. This makes it a massive dog on short legs. Also, striking is its relatively long back and large floppy ears. The fact that the breed always looks sad in its eyes is due to the crossing with bloodhounds. It led to the characteristic head and loose skin. The short coat is smooth and dense, but not fine. Usually, the coat consists of two or three colors (black-white-brown). But other colors are also allowed.

Basset hound, British breed with French ancestry
Low-legged dogs (Fr. “bass” means “low”) were beloved in Belgium and France for centuries. The current Basset hounds are said to be descended from the French breed Basset d’Artoiswhich has since been completely absorbed into the Basset Artésien Normand breed. In 1863 the breed description is mentioned for the first time at a dog show in Paris. Soon after, the breed spread to England, where it was crossed with Beagles and later with Bloodhounds. Only then did the breed acquire its characteristic appearance. In 1880 the breed was recognized by the British Kennel Club. 1936 enthusiasts founded the American Basset Hound Club.

In the US, the number of Basset Hounds was severely depleted during World War II, leaving only a few specimens left for breeding after the war. In Great Britain, breeder Peggy Keevil refreshed the available genetic material with French Bassets Artésien Normand dogs. She had a lot of influence with her animals on breeding in the US. In the 1970s, floppy ears were the most popular. Especially in Germany, Great Britain, and the US they quickly became a fashion dog – not always in favor of the breed. The breed’s distinctive physique in the ears and back quickly approached unhealthy extremes. The Basset Hound could also be admired in a series during this period: the American series columbo.

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A hunter becomes a family dog

It can be seen at a glance: The Basset Hound is not a strong runner. But he is an excellent hunter which was originally used for hunting hares and rabbits. Like a sniffer dog, it was his job to track down the shot game. This is where their nose, which also allows him to follow old tracks, and his stamina come in handy. In recent decades, the breed has increasingly developed into a family dog. The dog was much loved. This also caused problems as the Basset Hound became a fashion dog. This created extremes inbreeding. As a result, the animals with excessively loose skin and much too short legs are no longer suitable for hunting. This also brings health problems.

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Character: cheerful nature with a family feeling

The breed is known for being friendly and tolerant. His devotion and love for children make the Basset Hound a good family dog. He can occasionally knock over small children due to his enthusiasm – do not underestimate the weight of the little rascal. Also mustache paws, the Basset Hound with its friendly nature can quickly wrap around the paws. He is never aggressive or fearful but resigned to strangers and other dogs. However, he may also bark at the postman to protect his territory and his family – but he will not attack him.

Representatives of the breed do not like to be alone for a long time – they prefer to be in the middle of family life. Expressions of affection are rare – so if you have a loving dog, you can count on happiness. While some Basset Hounds have adapted to their role as family pets, many representatives of the breed still have a strong hunting instinct. One should pay attention to this when walking. Like most hunting dogs, the Basset Hound was bred to hunt independently. He can be very stubborn and willful. Basset Hound

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Health: Avoid extremes!

As with the Dachshund and other dogs with a relatively long back, the Basset Hound can have problems with the intervertebral disc. Paralysis can even occur. Therefore, one should absolutely avoid climbing stairs with the Basset Hound. Long lop ears can also cause problems due to chronic ear infections. When choosing a breeder it makes sense to make sure that the breeder does not have extreme guidelines regarding the back and ears. Breeding in extremes has health consequences. Because the original Basset Hounds tend to be overweight, you should pay attention to a balanced diet in combination with sufficient exercise. The representatives of this breed love to laze around. Therefore, care must be taken not to develop a sofa hanger.

In the hot summer, it is best to go for a long walk in the morning and evening, because the dog does not like the heat. Tip for hot days: to cool him down, you can refresh his lop ears with cold water at high temperatures. Even in winter, there are restrictions for the small dog: long snow walks should be avoided because the dog’s body comes close to the ground due to its short legs. As a result, there is a chance that the genitals and lop ears will freeze. A healthy Basset Hound has a life expectancy of about 12 years.

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Care: check the ears daily

The Basset Hound’s coat is easy to care for – brush with a soft bristle brush every few days to remove loose hair. The long ears and eyes, which look sad because of the loose skin, should be checked and cleaned regularly because they can become inflamed quickly. Lift your Basset Hound’s ears daily and clean them if necessary. This is necessary because parasites, dirt, and friction can cause skin irritation. The poor ventilation compared to upright ears creates a humid and warm climate. As a result, inflammation can develop more quickly in this place. Let your dog get used to the “ear inspection” as a puppy and make it a feel-good ritual. This also strengthens the bond with your dog. Gently clean the pinna with a cotton ball or pet store cleaning pads – cotton buds have no place in a dog’s ear. You can free the inner ear from dirt with a special ear cleaner. A skin-friendly cream can help with skin irritations due to friction – the vet can give you tips about this during the first conversation.

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Education with consistency and patience

At the education of a Basset Hound, you have to be consistent on the one hand so as not to increase the fat head of your dog. Strictness and coercion should not be used in education. Instead, it is better to be a little tolerant during training because the Basset Hound will always be a little headstrong. It is better if he gets to know the world while playing. Therefore try to keep the education playful so that both dogs and humans enjoy it. Before the Basset Hound moves in, find a dog school where they understand the education of playful fatheads. In addition to loving consequence, one thing is very important when raising a Basset Hound: a lot of patience!

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Sleuth is looking for a challenge

Its short legs might make you think that the Basset Hound does not require an exceptional amount of exercise. But here you underestimate the four-legged friend: the original hunting dog likes long walks and needs a lot of walking but at his own pace. They also like to conduct searches of all kinds: looking for tracks or searching for objects are good quests for the sniffer dogs.

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Is a Basset Hound Right for Me?

Unlike many other hunting dogs, the Basset Hound is a good guide and even a family dog. It is also suitable for people who do not have time to keep their four-legged friends occupied for a long time. You have to make time for a consistent upbringing. In addition, a Basset Hound does not like to be alone. It is child-friendly and therefore also suitable for families. Most Basset Hounds will accept tugging on the long lop ears – children should be taught to behave respectfully towards the animal relative.

Then nothing stands in the way of a friendship for life. Due to its geniality, the Basset Hound is also a suitable dog for older people who like to go out into nature with their four-legged friends. Before moving in, make sure that no family member is allergic to dogs – you can have a test done with a doctor just to be sure. In any case, the dog appreciates a garden. It must be well fenced. Here he can move freely. You are doing him a favor with searches. The breed should not climb stairs due to its long back. If you do not live on the ground floor, it is advisable to carry the dog up the stairs.

Before you choose to buy a Basset Hound, you should think about the money you will need for the Basset for a long time: In addition to the daily walk, play hours, and cuddle moments, you should also think about the care of your dog during the holidays or when you are ill.

Nowadays you can often take your four-legged friend with you on holiday – it is best to inquire before moving your Basset Hound at hotels to get an impression of the possibilities. In addition to the basic equipment in the form of food bowls, leash, blanket, and brushes, the Basset Hound also has high-quality food and regular visits to the vet for check-ups. There are costs associated with this. Moreover, it can happen that there are unexpected costs due to illnesses, for which you must be armed.

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This is how you find your dream basset hound

It’s decided: you’re looking for a dream dog – and it’s a Basset Hound? No problem. In the US, there are many serious Basset breeders. Please inquire about health care before purchasing. Even if the sight of a small Basset Hound with its faithful eyes and lop-eared ears makes your heart beat faster, don’t just listen to your heart: buying a puppy requires your heart and your mind! Therefore, do not buy from a breeder who offers you the Basset Hound without papers and a health check for a cheap price! That would make for even more sad offspring because demand influences supply.

This is especially the case for animals that are bred without regard to breed-typical characteristics and health aspects. When looking for a breeder, it is important to make sure that the breeder does not exaggerate the typical characteristics such as the back and ears. Extremes often have a negative impact on health. In the breeder’s house, you can not only get to know your dream puppy but also generally see the parents and the environment of the dogs.

A serious breeder will be happy to answer your questions about the health and character of their dogs, as well as questions about the breeding goals for the typical Basset Hound. Moreover, he also tests you. After all, he wants to find a good home for his puppies. In most cases, the breeder remains a good point of contact for all your questions about the four-legged friend even after the sale of his puppies.

Extremes often have a negative impact on health. In the breeder’s house, you can not only get to know your dream puppy but also generally see the parents and the environment of the dogs. A serious breeder will be happy to answer your questions about the health and character of their dogs, as well as questions about the breeding goals for the typical Basset Hound. Moreover, he also tests you.

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After all, he wants to find a good home for his puppies. In most cases, the breeder remains a good point of contact for all your questions about the four-legged friend even after the sale of his puppies. Extremes often have a negative impact on health. In the breeder’s house, you can not only get to know your dream puppy but also generally see the parents and the environment of the dogs.

A serious breeder will be happy to answer your questions about the health and character of their dogs, as well as questions about the breeding goals for the typical Basset Hound. Moreover, he also tests you. After all, he wants to find a good home for his puppies. In most cases, the breeder remains a good point of contact for all your questions about the four-legged friend even after the sale of his puppies. A serious breeder will be happy to answer your questions about the health and character of their dogs, as well as questions about the breeding goals for the typical Basset Hound. Moreover, he also tests you.

After all, he wants to find a good home for his puppies. In most cases, the breeder remains a good point of contact for all your questions about the four-legged friend even after the sale of his puppies. A serious breeder will be happy to answer your questions about the health and character of their dogs, as well as questions about the breeding goals for the typical Basset Hound. Moreover, he also tests you. After all, he wants to find a good home for his puppies. In most cases, the breeder remains a good point of contact for all your questions about the four-legged friend even after the sale of his puppies.

If you want to get an adult Basset Hound, you can search the Internet for dogs looking for a new home. It always happens that dog lovers have to drop off their Basset Hound unexpectedly. It is an advantage that the dogs are generally already educated. As a result, novice dog owners who do not dare to raise a puppy can find a companion. The former owners can generally give you good advice and find out during a conversation with you whether you and the four-legged friend are a good fit.

If you receive the dog, it must have a valid vaccination certificate, a pedigree, and a health certificate. Often dog owners also give their dog their favorite blanket and the food he is used to. You will rarely find a purebred Basset Hound at animal shelters and animal protection organizations. You will mainly find hybrids here that are no less charming. They are also happy with a new home.

We wish you lots of fun with your playful Basset Hound!

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