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The strong, sturdy Basset Hound was developed
in France which also explains the origin of the
name: in French, "bas" means "low"
which describes this short, low-to-the-ground
dog perfectly. Most researchers believe that the
breed descends from the now-extinct St. Hubert
breed, also from France. While the breed did not
arrive in England and North America until the
late1800s and early 1900s, it has existed
in Europe for approximately 300 years. The Basset
makes an excellent tracker of hare, rabbit and
deer due to his compactness and slick coat; he
is able to move through dense bush with relative
ease. While he may appear to be a slow-mover at
first glance, the Basset Hound is surprisingly
athletic and can cover great distances in a short
time. Families with a Basset need to provide him
with regular exercise, such as a daily walk, to
prevent him from becoming obese.
the Bassets are in the range of 13.5" to
14". Ideally though, the height should not
exceed 14", however heights up to 15"
are accepted. Any height at the shoulder blades
over 15" is a disqualification.
weight for a Basset Hound can range from 40 to
60 lbs (17.9 - 26.8 kg)
Coat Type: While
the skin of Basset Hound may be loose and wrinkled,
the actual coat is short, flat and sleek. Colors
acceptable to this breed are the same as any acceptable
Foxhound color: tan, black, or red, with white
markings permissable. A weekly rub-down with a
bristle brush or hound-mitt keeps the Basset Hound's
coat clean and healthy.
companionable Basset makes a loyal, gentle and
devoted family pet.
Be sure to keep the eyes and extra-long ears of
our Basset Hound clean to prevent infection.
Special Interest: Like
every other hound-dog, when the Basset Hound catches
an interesting scent, he is inclined to track
as far and for as long as he can. For this reason,
make sure his exercise area is well-maintained
and gated. When in public areas, be sure your
Basset Hound is obedient to your call and beckon,
otherwise keep him leashed.
AKC: Group 2 - Hounds
CKC: Group 2 - Hounds
KC: Sporting - Hound Group
FCI: Group 6
ANKC: Group 4 - Hounds