Basset Hound

The Basset Hound (‘Basset’ derives from ‘dwarf’) was bred at St. Hubert’s Abbey in medieval France to trail game. They were bred for sharp noses and short legs to be able to squeeze in under thick foliage, but were not meant to run at fast speeds, so as to prevent them from scaring game away or outrunning human companions. They were especially suited for rabbit hunting. Basset Hounds grew in popularity when Napoleon III kept a few as pets, and became known internationally during the 1863 Paris dog show. They were subsequently brought to America in the late 1800’s. Today, Basset Hounds are a popular pet and remain admired pack hunters. Some American cities, such as Buffalo and New Orleans, have annual Basset Hound-focused festivals and competitions, even crowning King and Queen Bassets. Famous Basset Hounds include comic strip character Fred Basset and the logo for ‘Hush Puppies’ brand shoes.
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Because of the extremely long ears of Bassets they are prone to ear disease. If their ears are allowed to dangle on the ground or in food on a daily basis they are capable of developing chronic and potentially fatal ear diseases. The only recent mortality and morbidity surveys of Basset Hounds are from the UK: a 1999 longevity survey with a small sample size of 10 deceased dogs and a 2004 UK Kennel Club health survey with a larger sample size of 142 deceased dogs and 226 live dogs.
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In addition to ear problems, basset hounds may also have eye issues. Because of their droopy eyes, the area under the eyeball will collect dirt and become clogged with a mucus. It is best to wipe their eyes every day with a damp cloth. This helps to lessen the build up and eye irritation.

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Basset Hounds can be on the lazy side and can become overweight on their own if allowed to. They need plenty of exercise and a good diet.
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Basset hounds are also prone to yeast infections in the folds around the mouth, where drool can collect without thoroughly drying out. Wiping the area with a clean, dry towel and applying talcum powder can minimize this risk.

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Basset Hound Dog Club Directory
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- Newsletter, information on their specialty show, list of members, photograph gallery, meeting minutes, and a membership application. Wisconsin.
- Show schedule and results, breed description, application for membership, their code of ethics, and a list of breeders. United Kingdom.
- Club and breed information. Official American Kennel Club parent club of the breed.
- American Kennel Club regional affiliate club. Calendar of events, photographs, and specialty and membership information.
- Offering specialty shows and basset rescue. Club history, photograph gallery, breed standard, and information on upcoming shows. Austin, Texas.
- Photograph gallery of dogs, graphics, chat, rescue information, articles on the breed, electronic post cards, and links to member sites.
- Official description of the breed as provided by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
- Breed information with pictures.
- Links to member sites.
- A community for enthusiasts, featuring a forum, training tips, history of the breed and links.
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