BASSET HOUND DOGS

One of the great trailing English dogs, the Basset Hound is short on its short sturdy legs. It can weigh 30 kg or more, despite its 35 cm height. Own. Gabrio del Torre and Par and Roger Turpen.

A dog with big bones and characteristically short limbs, the Basset Hound is a tireless work dog, which also is tireless when showing its affection. The Basset Hound has a well rounded head with a well protuberance occipital protuberance and never flat. The head skin is loose and creases over the brow when lowering it. The muzzle is heavy and deep; the lips, droopy; the dewlap is pronounced. The eyes, slightly sunken, are proverbially sad, revealing its soft heart. The nictating membrane (third lid) is preferred prominent. The ears are extremely long and velvety. The chest is deep with a prominent sternum. The shoulders, sloped in the front and the back, not straight, the elbows, don’t stick in or out. The forelegs never bent, but short and potent. The dog stands firmly on the hind legs, well angled and straight. The Basset Hound doesn’t go over 35 cm to the withers. For the FC1, from 33 to 38 cm. The coat is short and smooth, with enough thickness, never long. Usually tricolor (black, tan and white; bicolor (lime and white); but any hound color is admitted.  
 
WHO IS the BASSET HOUND DOG FOR                           
An ambulant proverb, the Basset Hound strolls placidly amidst noise and rush, somewhat stubborn, but with a lot of determination. Without a doubt, it is a gentleman, and it should be treated as such. Scolding or even raising our voice at it is completely unthinkable with a Basset Hound. It should be treated with kindness and gently. It has fixed ideas and is loyal, it devotes to a single person if given the opportunity. To become a good family dog, several members of the same family will have to assume the education with patience. Its deep bark makes it a wonderful guardian.
 
DEVELOPMENT of BASSET HOUND DOGS
The Basset Hound puppies are not the most active around, but will rival with others for their beauty and philosophy.

The Basset Hound usually has big litters, and 15 puppies are not an exception. Therefore, even if a puppy’s average weight is between 259 and 500 g, a lower weight does not necessarily mean a problem. What a future buyer should watch, especially in large litters, is that every puppy receives enough nourishment. Usually a breeder supplements the mother’s milk. With proper nutrition, the puppy will weigh between 5 and 7.5 kg after eight weeks. Breeders and owners should be careful of not over feeding it and obesity; calcium and other nutrients for bone growth should only be administered under veterinarian prescription, since an excess can result in skeleton malformations. Exercise should be limited, especially during fast growth periods, since joint complications could arise. Teething should be completed at young age. The Basset Hound is a sweet breed, and character problems are very rare.
 
A Basset Hound puppy should not be overfed, or provided with too much stress or exercise. As its mom, it will take its time for everything.
 
HEALTH of BASSET HOUND DOGS
The Basset Hound structure makes it prone to many bone and joint problems, mostly limps in the forelegs and shoulders. Frequent problems are irregular limb bone growth (producing crooked limbs, amongst other things) and joint malformations. In addition, the breed has proven prone to achondroplasia, interdigital cysts, sub aortic stenosis, kidney stones and certain types of cancer. The Wobbler syndrome can affect the Basset Hound’s spine before it is six months old. Entropion, ectropion and glaucoma cases have been reported. A type of blood plaquette anomaly and Von Willebrand disease are hereditary in the breed; in the US the plaquette anomaly is quite extended. A good quality Basset Hound is easy to maintain, which requires few care and has an excellent appetite. Longevity is between eight and twelve years. Watch the Basset Hound’s tendency to eat too much and move very little, which can be a stomach cramp risk and back problems when turning old; also control ear rashes, since ear infections are common.

Preferably, your Basset Hound will never grow to match its ears, and even when that day comes, its eyes will reflect deep sadness.