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Basset Hound

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Dog Breed Group
Hound Dogs 
Origin of Breed
France as a hunting dog 
Life Expectancy
8 to 12 years 
Color
Generally black, tan and white, 
Coat
Smooth, close and hard with sufficient density for protection. The skin is loose and elastic 
Exercise Needs
three periods totalling about 1 hour per day. Playtime is also required 
Temperament
Friendly disposition. May be stubborn in accepting formal training as most hounds have an independent character, but a steady, f 
Good with Children
Gets along well with other animals and children. Friendly with strangers. 
Grooming Needs
Weekly brushing. Pay special attention to ear cleaning 
Average Size - Male (in)
14 
Average Size - Female (in)
14 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
40 - 60 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
40 - 60 
Health Issues
If used as a house dog, overfeeding can be a problem.v
Living Conditions
Suitable for city living but must be taught not to howl. 

Breed Description

The Basset Hound originated in France, possibly as early as 1585. After the French Revolution, the breed again rose in popularity among the peasants. Before the Revolution, hunting hounds were used only by the nobility. The peasants could not hunt from horseback, only on foot, so they required a shorter-legged, slower hound. Originally used to trail hares, rabbits, and deer, it has also been used in hunting birds, foxes, and other game. It is characterized as a slow, deliberate hunter, with a deep voice and a "nose" second in keenness only to that of the bloodhound. The Basset Hound was also ideal for hunting in heavy cover due to its shape and size. The breed has several varieties, one of the most popular being the sad-eyed Le Couteulx.

Breed Infobits

The Basset Hound certainly has an amazing bark which acts as a powerful deterrent to any would-be intruder.
Shakespeare said the Basset Hound has 'ears which sweep away the morning dew'.
Bassett Hounds are well known for having a very keen sense of smell.

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