Breed Spotlight – Basset Hound

With its mournful expression and long droopy ears, the Basset Hound is known as ‘the sad clown’ of the dog world. Plus, not many people know they are second only to Bloodhounds for their scenting ability and they were originally bred for hunting hare.

Low and slow, the popular Basset Hound stands no higher at the shoulder than fourteen inches. They have massive paws, a very heavy bone structure and small powerful legs, which makes the Basset more suitable for endurance than for speed. 

Because they are heavy and because of their short legs, they can’t hold themselves above water for very long while swimming and are likely to drown. They must be very closely supervised when in the water.

The Basset Hound has quite the reputation for being really stubborn, but is generally a very agreeable pet at home. Where their stubborn natures can come out is on the trail and they will let you know they are onto something with their loud, ringing bark.

Bassets are outgoing, friendly and playful. They are very tolerant of children as well as other pets, making them a good family dog. Their stubborness requires owners who are firm but patient.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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