If you see a Basset Hound, you'll know what breed of dog it is just by the length of its ears. They're long! Actually, these dogs have the longest ears of any breed. The breed is also low in many respects. Their bodies are low to the ground and their energy can be even lower at times. Just not when they're hunting. When the Basset Hound is on a hunt, it's actually quite active and focused. And because of their natural proclivity to attention and focus, this breed has been bred with this personality trait in mind through the ages. It can be good as well as bad in some respects. It's good because the breed's apparent aloofness keeps it focused on the job at hand, but it's bad because if you just want to keep the dog as a pet, it may not pay you much attention. They do make excellent family pets though. Basset Hounds are so very gentle, very patient, and they get along extremely well with young children, adults, and other pets in the home. They'll love you, they'll amuse you, and they're well behaved by their very nature. This is a far cry from being used nearly exclusively as rabbit hunters back in France where they were first bred.
Continue reading to learn more about Basset Hounds, popularly known as one of the best scenthounds in the world (second only to the Bloodhound).
Popularity: Quite popular.
Trainability: The independent minded Basset Hound isn't the easiest dog in the world to train. Because this independence has been bred into the breed for ages to remain avid and undistracted hunters, they oftentimes have trouble paying attention to their human masters. While training can certainly be accomplished, it'll take lots of time, patience, persistence and consistency. Don't give up though. Also, be sure to take advantage of treats and socialization early on while this dog is a puppy and continue on with obedience training throughout the dog's life.
Size/Weight: Medium-large sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 50-65 pounds.
Origin Location/Date: Popular in England and France in the 7th century and originally known as the St. Hubert hound, Basset Hounds were bred to split off from the Bloodhound into the dogs we see today. Introduced to the United States in the early 1800s and with the AKC formally recognizing them in 1885, these dogs have grown exponentially in popularity.
Energy Level: Basset Hounds are fairly low energy dogs that don't require much exercise. Although, they do tend to get excited when taken outside for a walk. Speaking of walks, it's important to walk your Basset Hound dog or puppy daily to give it the exercise it needs to stay healthy. You might also want to play with it in the yard for a half hour a day.
Temperament: Due to its mild manner and easygoing attitude, the Basset Hound makes for a wonderful family pet. It's naturally well behaved and affectionate and is great with kids and adults alike. Also, this breed of dog lives quite well with other animals. If you decide to buy one of these puppies or dogs, expect it to begin following you around as time passes and for it to actually climb on your lap to keep you company.
Necessary Space: Because the Basset Hound is mild mannered and of medium energy, it is well suited to apartment living. As mentioned above, it'll need to be taken on walks and played with outside, but you won't feel like you've got a hyper human roommate when living with a Basset.
Talents: These dogs are extraordinary scent hounds and incredible companions, so use them for whichever you desire.
Life Expectancy: 12-13 years.
Group: Hound group.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Basset Hound puppy and dog: long eared, low stance, gentle, patient, can be stubborn, good with kids, good with other animals, lovable, amusing, well behaved, medium to low energy, great scent hound.