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Basset Hounds

The Basset Hound dog breed is a good trail hound; once it catches an interesting scent, it can cover great distances in a short amount of time. It’s often used to work in packs or alone trailing deer, hare and rabbits. It also hunts fox, opossum and pheasant. Because of its affinity for picking up scents, it’s often hard to gain this breed’s attention when it’s on the trail. However, its mild and well-behaved personality allows it to fit in well on the farm and in the home.


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Use: The Basset Hound dog breed is a good trail hound. It’s often used to work in packs or alone trailing deer, hare and rabbits.

 

History: The Basset Hound directly descends from the Bloodhound line and was developed in France, where it worked as a trail dog.

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Conformation: The Basset Hound has a hard, smooth and short coat that comes in any combination of black, tan and white. It stands 14 inches in height at the shoulder and weighs 40 to 60 pounds. The breed, whose name is French for “low-set,” is known for its short legs and long ears.

 

Special Considerations/Notes: The Basset Hound dog breed’s life expectancy is 8 to 12 years. Be sure to check its eyes and ears regularly for signs of infection. Excess weight can place a burden on its legs and spine, so closely monitor its weight gain.

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