- Pets and Animals»
- Dogs & Dog Breeds»
- Dog Breeds
BASSET HOUND: SAD EYED GENTLE AND STUBBORN
SAD EYED AND GENTLE
The sad eyed Basset Hound was once a superb hunting dog, according to Bruce Fogle, DVM, (Dogalog). Fogle suspects its pendulous ears may have been used for picking up scent, especially useful on damp mornings, and reports that even today, lighter boned Bassets with longer legs and shallower bodies participate in field trials. Typically; however, today's companion pet Bassets are heavy, long, and low, and personify good humor.
The Basset Hound is common in tricolor, or lemon and white. His slightly sunken eyes look soft and sad, and her ears are long and set low. His hocks are straight, with legs pointing ahead, and his tail is thick, and carried with a slight curve.
The breed originated in France, according to Bruce Fogle, DVM (Dogalog), but is now popular in Great Britain, as well as the United States. It is believed the Basset Hound may have originated from dwarfed Bloodhounds, as he is also a scent hound.
CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE
The Basset Hound is good with children, and well suited for urban life. He thrives in either hot and sunny or cold temperatures, but is difficult to obedience train and is not a good watchdog. Basset Hounds weigh from 40 to 60 pounds (18-27 kg), and stand from 13 to 15 inches tall (33-38 cm). Its life expectancy is around 12 years. The dog was first used for rabbit/hare hunting, and is used today as a hunting and companion dog.
Basset Hounds have a notable stubborn streak, but are usually very gentle and benign. The popular cartoon character, Fred Basset, is symbolic of the breed's good humor.