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Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are medium-sized dogs with a sturdy build and a low-to-the-ground appearance. They have a long body, short legs, and a wrinkled face. Their coat is short and dense, and it comes in various colors including tri-color, lemon and white, and red and white. Basset Hounds are known for their distinctive bark, which is deep and loud. They are intelligent dogs but can be stubborn at times, so consistent training and positive reinforcement are important.

History

Basset Hounds originated in France and were originally bred for hunting small game, particularly rabbits and hares. Their name 'Basset' comes from the French word 'bas', which means low. The breed was developed to have a low stature and a keen sense of smell, allowing them to track scents close to the ground.

Temperament

Basset Hounds have a friendly and easygoing temperament. They are known for being affectionate, patient, and good-natured. They are generally calm and relaxed, but can also be playful and enjoy spending time with their family.

Care

Basset Hounds require regular grooming to keep their coat in good condition. Their ears should be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent infections. They are moderate shedders, so regular brushing will help minimize shedding. Additionally, their nails should be trimmed regularly and their teeth should be brushed to maintain good oral hygiene.

Size

The average size of male Basset Hounds is around 33-38 cm (13-15 inches) in height at the shoulder, while females are slightly smaller at around 30-36 cm (12-14 inches).

Weight

The average weight of male Basset Hounds is around 23-29 kg (50-65 pounds), while females weigh slightly less at around 20-27 kg (45-60 pounds).

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