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UNDERSTANDING THE BASSET HOUND


PERSONALITY AND PHYSICAL TRAITS OF THE BASSET HOUND

Calm, good-natured and affectionate. Gets along well with people and other dogs and pets. Good with children. Loves to be a lap dog. Not a good guard dog. Sensitive and stubborn nature. A Basset takes punishment and reprimands to heart. Can be stubborn and conveniently "hard of hearing." Pack mentality. A single Basset may not do well left alone for long periods. They need closeness, touching, and petting to be content and happy. For working owners, the company of another dog is the next best thing to having you there.A scent hound. The Basset was bred to trail game. His keen nose can lead him into dangerous situations such as the path of a speeding car or an unfenced swimming pool. Bassets do not swim well due to their heavy front ends. The Basset is safest in a secure, enclosed areaRelatively low activity level. Prone to obesity. Healthy, trim Bassets have good energy levels, but they are also content to snooze away the afternoon in a patch of warm sun. Although this laid back nature makes them desirable house pets, their weight must be kept in check. A daily walk with your Basset is recommended.A large, hefty dog, possessing more bone for its size than any other breed of dog. Although Bassets are low to the ground, they are not small dogs, with most ranging from 35 to 65 pounds. The average person will have a difficult time lifting an adult Basset Hound.A smooth-coated dog. A wash-and-wear dog who may be bathed as frequently as needed. Bassets are either tri-colored (a combination of black, white and tan or brown) or red-and-white (a lighter red and white may be called lemon-and-white). Coat colors are distributed over the body in no particular pattern

  The Basset Personality

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Despite a deliberate, unhurried manner and captivatingly clownish demeanor, the Basset Hound possesses great intelligence and what may often
be viewed as stubbornness may more appropriately be attributed to an innate ingenuity. In fact, the Basset excels at getting his way, from
"demanding" a taste morsel at the table to hurling his hefty 65 pounds into your lap! His overly long body, short legs and delightful wrinkles
become a kaleidoscope of amusing expressions, all cleverly orchestrated to win us over. And win us over he does. Gentle and sociable in
nature, the easy-going Basset Hound is loyal to master and family, devoted to children and mild-mannered and friendly towards other animals.

IS A BASSET HOUND THE RIGHT DOG FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?


Before making the decision to purchase a Basset Hound, ask yourself the following questions.

1. If you have been accustomed to dogs with high energy levels, will you be happy with the calm, even temperament of the Basset Hound?

2. Bassets do not make good jogging companions and are not the best dog with which to have a game of catch. Will the Basset fit your lifestyle
expectations?

3. Because of their long ears, low-slung structure and hefty size, Bassets have special needs, including needing their ears cleaned 3 or 4 times a
month. Will you enjoy meeting these needs?

4. Because they possess a hunting instinct, Bassets tend to roam and should be kept in a secure, fenced area. Are you able to provide this type
environment for your Basset?

5. A single Basset may not do well when left alone for long periods. Will you have the time to give your Basset a great deal of attention and
affection?

6. The friendly, easy-going personality of the Basset makes him a poor guard dog. Is this acceptable to you?

If you have answered yes to the above questions then a Basset Hound may be the right dog for you.

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SPAYING AND NEUTERING

Spaying and neutering is a win/win situation for both you and your Basset. You will eliminate the mess of twice-yearly seasons in your bitch as
well as helping prevent unwanted pregnancy, tumors and other female disorders. Neutered males also
become more settled and are not tempted by bitches in season. Spaying and neutering do not change the "personality" of your pet.



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