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Basset Hound

Perhaps one of the most gentle breeds available, basset hounds are peaceful, mild mannered and naturally well behaved.  These affectionate dogs fit very well into family life.  In spite of their short stubby figure, bassets require a fair amount of exercise to stay healthy.  They also enjoy human attention and have a strong pack mentality. Physical Characteristics and origins Original Purpose: Hunting as a pack hound Male Height: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Female Height: 11-14 inches (28 - 36 cm) Weight: 40-60 lbs (18 - 26 kg) Life span: 10-12 years Colors: Typically black, white and tan (like most hounds). Also found in lemon and white. Temperament Bassets tend to be good natured, and very social.  They're gentle with children and love being surrounded by family members.  They do not make good watch or guard dogs as they are rarely aggressive and tend to be welcoming to most guests - though barking when they first arrive is not uncommon.  They're known to have a reputation for being rather stubborn, which makes it important that they are trained well from a young age. A firm owner will have the best chance at ensuring their basset behaves themselves, however they've been known to follow their nose wherever it leads them. Exercise needs While Bassets require only moderate exercise, they do need two good walks a day to ensure they maintain a healthy weight. Bassets are known for health problems related to being overweight. Their body structure places a lot of additional load on the legs and spine. For these reasons, it's important your basset receives at least 2, 20 minute walks everyday, as well as some additional time to roam free off leash. This level of exercise is the bare minimum to ensure that in conjunction with a healthy diet they are able to maintain a healthy weight. What type of home? Do they make good family pets? Bassets have a tendency to drool, shed (though not too heavily) and even attract a lot of dirt - due to their low height and being so close to the ground.  As a result, they sometimes pick up a distinct doggy smell. If as a home owner you're fine with these factors, Bassets make incredible family pets.  They're loving and devoted to their owners and are incredibly affectionate and curious.  They have energetic playful personalities and will get along with all members of the family - including other pets. While they are a medium sized dog, they can fit in well in either a house or apartment, as long as they have ample opportunity to walk and get the exercise they require. Grooming Needs Bassets have very easy to care for coats that need brushing only once (or maximum twice) per week.  Baths are also only required when they get overly dirty, otherwise they are a relatively low maintenance breed.  The biggest area of focus should be their ears.  They require frequent checking and cleaning. It's important to check folds of loose skin and wrinkles around the ears to ensure they are not developing sores. What Kind of Owner Perfect owner: An owner or family that has a great deal of time to dedicate to their pet.  Bassets love company and hate being left alone. Owners who are retired, work from home or have a lot of family that usually has at least one member around are best. Bassets require an owner who is patient and appreciates an independent thinker. They can be an incredibly stubborn breed, and being hounds, they have a tendency to want to wonder and follow a scent they may pick up.  A patient, dedicated owner is best who is willing to invest the time and energy to ensure their basset is obendient is best suited for this breed. Best Qualities This breed is highly affectionate, gentle, cheerful, and devoted to their owners.  They are great with children and have strong personalities which makes them unique and feel like part of the family.  They get incredibly attached to their caretakers and are incredibly loyal dogs.  The perfect companion breed. Characteristics to be aware of Proper exercise is important to ensure that health problems are avoided as best as possible.  Bassets can develop various issues depending on their weight so it is important to ensure adequate nutrition.  Training is also a concern with this breed - particularly in males. If not sensibly disciplined from a young age they can be quite dominant.  Finally the fact that they are stubborn can make them difficult to train. It takes a strong willed owner, however the benefits of this breed make it more than worth it for a lot of owners! Medical issues Common ailments include:     Back problems - particular if overweight     Elbow Dysplasia     Eye problems     Skin wrinkles/dermatitis     Gastric Torsion (bloating)
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Basset Hound

Perhaps one of the most gentle breeds available, basset hounds are peaceful, mild mannered and naturally well behaved.  These affectionate dogs fit very well into family life.  In spite of their short stubby figure, bassets require a fair amount of exercise to stay healthy.  They also enjoy human attention and have a strong pack mentality. Physical Characteristics and origins Original Purpose: Hunting as a pack hound Male Height: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Female Height: 11-14 inches (28 - 36 cm) Weight: 40-60 lbs (18 - 26 kg) Life span: 10-12 years Colors: Typically black, white and tan (like most hounds). Also found in lemon and white. Temperament Bassets tend to be good natured, and very social.  They're gentle with children and love being surrounded by family members.  They do not make good watch or guard dogs as they are rarely aggressive and tend to be welcoming to most guests - though barking when they first arrive is not uncommon.  They're known to have a reputation for being rather stubborn, which makes it important that they are trained well from a young age. A firm owner will have the best chance at ensuring their basset behaves themselves, however they've been known to follow their nose wherever it leads them. Exercise needs While Bassets require only moderate exercise, they do need two good walks a day to ensure they maintain a healthy weight. Bassets are known for health problems related to being overweight. Their body structure places a lot of additional load on the legs and spine. For these reasons, it's important your basset receives at least 2, 20 minute walks everyday, as well as some additional time to roam free off leash. This level of exercise is the bare minimum to ensure that in conjunction with a healthy diet they are able to maintain a healthy weight. What type of home? Do they make good family pets? Bassets have a tendency to drool, shed (though not too heavily) and even attract a lot of dirt - due to their low height and being so close to the ground.  As a result, they sometimes pick up a distinct doggy smell. If as a home owner you're fine with these factors, Bassets make incredible family pets.  They're loving and devoted to their owners and are incredibly affectionate and curious.  They have energetic playful personalities and will get along with all members of the family - including other pets. While they are a medium sized dog, they can fit in well in either a house or apartment, as long as they have ample opportunity to walk and get the exercise they require. Grooming Needs Bassets have very easy to care for coats that need brushing only once (or maximum twice) per week.  Baths are also only required when they get overly dirty, otherwise they are a relatively low maintenance breed.  The biggest area of focus should be their ears.  They require frequent checking and cleaning. It's important to check folds of loose skin and wrinkles around the ears to ensure they are not developing sores. What Kind of Owner Perfect owner: An owner or family that has a great deal of time to dedicate to their pet.  Bassets love company and hate being left alone. Owners who are retired, work from home or have a lot of family that usually has at least one member around are best. Bassets require an owner who is patient and appreciates an independent thinker. They can be an incredibly stubborn breed, and being hounds, they have a tendency to want to wonder and follow a scent they may pick up.  A patient, dedicated owner is best who is willing to invest the time and energy to ensure their basset is obedient is best suited for this breed. Best Qualities This breed is highly affectionate, gentle, cheerful, and devoted to their owners.  They are great with children and have strong personalities which makes them unique and feel like part of the family.  They get incredibly attached to their caretakers and are incredibly loyal dogs.  The perfect companion breed. Characteristics to be aware of Proper exercise is important to ensure that health problems are avoided as best as possible.  Bassets can develop various issues depending on their weight so it is important to ensure adequate nutrition.  Training is also a concern with this breed - particularly in males. If not sensibly disciplined from a young age they can be quite dominant.  Finally the fact that they are stubborn can make them difficult to train. It takes a strong willed owner, however the benefits of this breed make it more than worth it for a lot of owners! Medical issues Common ailments include:     Back problems - particular if overweight     Elbow Dysplasia     Eye problems     Skin wrinkles/dermatitis     Gastric Torsion (bloating)
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