Basset Hound

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:France
AKC Group:Hound Group
UKC Group:Scenthound
Use today:Field trials, trailing (rabbits), basset field trials
Life Span:8 to 12 years
Color:Hound colors of black, tan and white or these in combination
Coat:Hard, smooth and short.
Grooming:Brush and wipe down weekly.
Size:Medium Dog Breed
Height:Up to 14 inches at the shoulder
Weight:Proportionate to height

Well-known as the symbol for Hush Puppies shoes, the Basset Hound is a short-legged hound with long, sweeping ears. This dog, whose expression is most perfect when it resembles that of the mournful Bloodhound, comes from France, where the word basset means "low-set." The breed was and still is worked in packs trailing hare, deer and rabbit, a job for which its sturdy, low frame is well suited, especially in dense cover. What's more, it's a mistake to equate this breed's languorous appearance with inactivity. Like all good trail hounds, once the Basset catches an interesting scent, it's off and running. The breed can cover great distances in a short time, so keep the gate securely locked and the fence mended. The short coat, in foxhound colors of black, tan and white or these in combination, can be kept free of dead hair with a weekly rubdown using a bristle brush or hound mitt. Ears and eyes should be examined regularly and gently cleaned of foreign bodies that could irritate and cause infection. A daily walk takes care of exercise needs, and Bassets adapt well to town or country life. Quite the charmer, the Basset loves children and is a good watchdog, making it a deservingly popular pet.

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