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Basset Hounds

Basset houndsBasset Hounds have become known as the 'Hush Puppy' dog, following a long and successful advertising campaign by a shoe manufacturer. Basset Hounds are short legged and heavy of bone, movement looks humorous, but never clumsy. The Basset Hound (not Basset Hound) is mild tempered, but can be stubborn.

He can also be vocal at times, with his almost 'singing' bark – which can become unpopular with the neighbours! A lovely and amusing household pet, for families with a good sense of humour. Absolutely obedient and loyal to his master, Basset Hounds make a wonderful family companion.

Basset Hounds are a multi-purpose hunting dog, with an ultra keen nose and gentle nature, making them well suited to hunting in packs or by himself. Principally used for hunting rabbits, they are a smooth moving hunting dog, easy to follow on foot – with distinctive 'voice' so you know where he is. Their coat is thick and tight to protect him well from dense cover and brambles.

Basset Hounds  at a glance

basset houndOur 4 Paw Rating - to the  suitability of Basset Hounds for your home and lifestyle.

Size 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Height – 13 - 15 inches at shoulder, weight – 40 - 60 lbs

Coat Care 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Minimal grooming required – once a week should suffice

Family Life 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
A loving, loyal and irresistible family pet, once you have lived with a Basset you will never want another breed

Lifestyle 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Adores the outdoor life and loves to be involved. However, remember he is a hunting dog at heart and inclined to wander – make sure your backyard is securely fenced! Suited to urban or rural life, as long as regular exercise.

Health 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Life expectancy 10 - 12 years 
Generally healthy, check for genetic disorders

Exercise 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Loves the outdoor life and needs free running 

Training 4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating4 Paw Rating
Has a stubborn streak, so will need consistency and plenty of repetition – reward rather than punish, as he is a loving and gentle creature.

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