Basset Hound Info & Basset Hound Breeders
The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, as well as one of six recognized Basset breeds in France; furthermore, Bassets are scent hounds that were originally bred for the purpose of hunting rabbits and hare. Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound. The name Basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning "low", with the attenuating suffix -et, together meaning "rather low". Basset Hounds are usually Bicolors or Tricolors of standard hound coloration.
The Basset Hound is a friendly, outgoing, playful dog. They are excellent companions for children because of their patient nature and tolerance.
Commonly misconceived as "stubborn", in actuality basset hounds are extremely food driven and easy to train. Bassets are quick to shut down if trained using punishment-based training methods and therefore are given the description of "stubborn". The fastest way to a Basset's heart is through his stomach. Keep training fun and interesting and offer delicious treats to keep them focused on the task at hand since that nose can distract them very easily.
Bassets are scent hounds. Therefore you cannot expect them to ignore an interesting smell. Unless your basset has a very strong recall, he should be on a leash when out on daily walks to ensure his safety. Even though Bassets are content to sleep most of the day, regular exercise and mental stimulation are necessary for your basset to thrive and stay healthy. A large, fenced back yard and daily walks with opportunity to put their nose to work while on a long lead would be a perfect example of the outdoor and exercise requirements for a basset.
Bassets are known to be a vocal breed. They have a wide range of entertaining sounds and a deep howl.
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