The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is an ancient breed who originated in France. Basset Hounds were bred to seek out quarry for the hunter either to shoot or for the larger hounds to kill. Basset Hounds were considered too good nature to be in at the kill but loved scenting out the quarry and giving chase.
Basset Hounds are a pack animal and therefore if the only dog in the household then the humans, in their eyes, are part of the pack. Therefore it is imperative that the hound knows who is boss!
They are very intelligent breed and very
sensitive in nature, so they can and will wrap the human round their little
paw if given the opportunity.
So if it is a Basset Hound you are interested in be sure you realise that you have to be firm but fair and keep this impression up, even when those appealing eyes look at you so sad! It is all part of the Basset Hounds make up.
In the early days Basset puppies should just be allowed to play in the garden and should only be taken for short walks until their bones strengthen otherwise you could have a hound with what is termed a bulldog front, i.e. Its front legs are so wide apart that the shoulders unfortunately did not tighten up sufficiently.
Basset Hounds are a big dog on short legs and when standing on their rear legs they can reach places you would not believe. So it is imperative that everything and anything is put away.
When fully grown a Basset Hound will enjoy a walk as long or short as you wish to make it.
Being a pack animal they just love companionship and do not like being left alone for many hours.
Once you own this beloved breed you will not want anything else and, more often than not, people come back to buy another hound as companionship for the first.
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