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Basset Hound Traits, Characteristics and Personality

With their droopy eyes and short stature, they sometimes look like old men, although they are active and loyal, getting along well with other pets and welcoming playing with children, although when it’s time to relax they only bark to sound an alert. The Basset breed was bred for hunting rabbits but when he’s not on the trail, he’s a laid-back friend, best known as the Hush Puppy dog, with a placid personality and a popular companion. Basset hounds need exercise because they are prone to weight problems and their short stature is misleading, so make sure they have plenty of time to stretch their legs in the yard and play.

Despite its low height, the basset hound weights in at anywhere from 40 pounds to 80 pounds (18 to 36 kilograms) as he is very heavy-boned and bulky, often not reaching full size until two years old. Training a Basset can be a challenge, as they are highly independent, a nature which can make them immune to discipline, making reinforcement training difficult, but they love to eat, so treats will yield the best results, as well as a confident nature when they’re in training. Basset Hounds are among the most easygoing and dignified, and almost all are good-natured and peaceful with everyone, including children, and one can count on seeing cheerfully wagging tails. Getting along well with other dogs and good with children, he is not a good guard dog because of his stubborn nature, taking punishment to heart.

Basset Hounds are low to the ground because they are muscular, typically no more than 14 inches tall, actually are big dogs on short legs, a result of dwarfism. They have a pack mentality, so they may not do well left alone from working owners, and they are scent hounds, as their keen nose leads them into dangerous situations such unfenced swimming pool, so do make sure he is a secure area.

The tail curves up, the body is long with a rectangular appearance and a nice tight coat, while the colors most commonly seen are red and white. Many people are surprised at how bulky this breed is, but they need a moderate amount of exercise, even if they appear to be content snoring, which is why lazy owners have Bassets with health problems as they don’t take them outdoors. Bassets are scent hounds, following the scent of their prey second only to the Bloodhound in this matter, with smooth, hard-textured coats in the classic pattern of black, tan, and white, but can also be open red and white, closed red and white or lemon and white.

The basset hound is an easygoing dog that tends to be good with other pets, but also people oriented as they are fairly smart dogs, although somewhat stubborn, so they need a patient hand in order to bring out the best in bassets. They aren’t eager to obey many commands due to their stubbornness, but they can exhibit a sense of humor, responding to patient training.

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