AVERAGE LIFE SPAN: 10-12 years
AVERAGE SIZE OF ADULT: Medium
GROOMING NEEDS: Low
EXERCISE NEEDS: Medium
The Basset Hound is a breed of dog of the hound family. Large, long dog with very short muscular legs. As the name suggests he belongs to the hound group of dogs and was bred to hunt rabbits and hares.
His long ears and droopy skin around the eye give this dog are rather sad looking expression while also making him look particularly cute, especially as a puppy.
They have a short coat and are usually brown and white or tri-coloured – which is black, brown and white with white the more dominant colour in both cases.
Bassett hounds are not the easiest dogs to keep. Their hound instinct can make them very willful and their long, muscular backs are particularly prone to problems in later years.
Bassett’s can also be prone to skin-fold dermatitis, which if not treated makes the animal quite smelly. That said Basset Hounds are popular as pets as they are as happy to curl up in front of the fire as they are to be out in the countryside hunting rabbits.
Cartoonists love to depict the Bassett as a rather worried, unhappy character but the truth is that these dogs are generally good natured happy soles. They possess a particularly low, loud bark which could be misinterpreted as unfriendly. In fact the Bassett is a very friendly and sociable dog that has a core of enthusiasts dedicated to the breed without question.
A Bassett’s life expectancy is around 10 to 12 years and he is happy to be kept in a town or country home providing he receives plenty of daily exercise.
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