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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Basset Hound Temperament

basset hound temperament

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Basset Hound Information and Breed Notes

The Ideal Owner.....

Is patient and easy going especially in training as Basset Hounds can be very stubborn. Enjoys exercise and leisurely outdoor walks, just make sure you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle.  For more information, why not visit the Basset Hound Club Of america

Not For: Fussy house proud types, snap-to-it order shouty types.

Basset Hound Temperament

The sweet and gentle look on the Basset Hound’s face belies an inner strength that this tireless hunter possesses.

Their personality is so mild that they have become on of America’s most popular family dogs, being particularly well known for their extreme tolerance. A naturally well-behaved dog they are the most easygoing of breeds with a good-natured temperament.

Training: They respond well to gentle and patient training with lots of love, kindness and positive reinforcement as they learn their commands. Unfortunately one bad aspect of the Basset Hound temperament is that they are known for their stubbornness. If they don’t want to do something, then no amount of huffing and puffing will make them change their minds, so patience good humour and a pocketful of goodies are prerequisites of a successful                                    training program.

Grooming: A brushing once or twice a week removes any dead dander hair, while keeping the skin stimulated. During heavy shedding cycles, the hair will need to be removed by brushing and bathing.

The hair around and inside the ears needs to be carefully wiped and cleaned as debris or food matter has a tendency to become entangled in this area when the dog is hunting, drinking, or eating, which can cause skin problems if allowed to fester.

Children: Considered to be one of the best dog breeds for children, they are fond of the family pack, generally very tolerant of boisterous play.

The only warning regarding children concerns the Basset's long back. If children attempt to ride on the dog's back it can cause immensurable damage, for this reason supervision especially concerning younger children with the Basset is recommended.

Other Animals: sociable and easy going.

Protection level: Low, will bark but generally too placid and amiable to defend anything, loves everybody.

Exercise: This breed requires a good daily exercise or walking routine as they can be rather lazy and prone to weight gain or obesity.

Be careful about letting your Basset Hound off the lead when out and about as he is easily distracted by a juicy scent and will become very single minded about following it; and considering that Bassets love nothing more than rooting out prey in thick undergrowth, this can make walks difficult to say the least.

Health:A major concern with the breed is obesity; not only with the weight issue but also because of the strain it puts on the vertebral disks. Suggestions for tests that need to be done are the eyes and the blood, with an occasional checking for patellar luxation.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.


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Basset Hounds derive their name from the French word  meaning “Low Thing” which illustrates perfectly the low slung body held up on short muscular legs that gives this breed its distinctive look. Originating in France from various pre-cursor breeds, it wasn’t until the French Revolution when commoners in ever greater numbers were able to take up hunting with dogs, which had until this time been the preserve of the aristocracy.

They were the ideal rabbit hunting dogs, having a good sense of smell and an ability to go to ground in dense foliage. Brought to England and then America in the 1800’s  their droll characterful expression soon won them a place in popular media and the home. Four different varieties of short legged hound were created with the ‘Basset Artesian Normand’ most closely resembling today's breed.

The Basset Hound Temperament Is Affectionate, Gentle, Placid And Stubborn





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