Overview of Basset Hound
They may look like funny, dopey dogs but don't be fooled; a Basset Hound was born to hunt! Basset Hounds were very popular amongst the French aristocracy in the 1700s - 'basset’ is French for ‘low’, by the way! They were bred down from Bloodhounds for their fantastic nose. With their short, dense paws, they were ideally suited to keep their noses close to the ground, and their leisurely pace meant that their human companions could follow the hunt on foot. With nearly 20 million scent receptors (compared to 5 million in us humans), their nose can take in many subtle odors at once and helps them zero in on one. Their long floppy ears not only give them an iconic droopy expression, they serve a function as well: their ears help stir scents up towards the nose and helps keep their nose stimulated with the scent. Basset Hounds come in a variety of colors; however, tri-color (black, tan and white) is the most popular. With such a long body and dense bones, these short hounds can weigh as much as a medium-sized Labrador!
Personality of Basset Hound
Almost all Basset Hounds are good-natured, social, and peaceful pups – even with children and other pets. They make wonderful family pets as long as you're okay with their stubborn personality and need for intense activity. Despite their small size, these dogs need space! They would be happiest in a large yard with access to the great outdoors. They may be extremely stubborn and don't take well to training so be warned! Because they are so low to the ground, Bassets may get dirty often (especially if they are tracking a scent through the brush), so don't be surprised if you need to bathe your pooch fairly often. If you’re looking for a sweet floppy dog with a lot of personality and one heck of a nose, a Basset Hound may be your ideal companion!
Common Health Issues & Recommendations for Basset Hound Dog
Dog Ear Infections: the Basset Hound’s iconic floppy ears make them susceptible to ear infections. Their ears should be checked regularly to remove excess wax and debris.
Recommendations for Ear Infections in Basset Hound Dogs:
- Echo Gold - A natural remedy that is formulated to help relieve symptoms of ear infections. Such infections may be caused by insect bites, allergens, food allergies, foreign particles, parasitic mites, or bacterial and fungal infections.
Von Willebrand’s Disease: is a genetic disorder may effect certain breeds such as Basset Hounds. This is a condition that decreases their ability to form blood clots so if they injure themselves, they may experience severe blood loss and anemia.
Recommendations for Von Willebrand’s Disease in Basset Hound Dogs:
- Natures Immuno - A blend of healing mushrooms to help support healthy immune function and encourage tissue repair.
- Multi Essentials - Contains vitamins, minerals and trace elements that support healthy blood circulation and blood cells.
Dog Spine Issues: IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) or slipped disc is one of the most common health concerns among Basset Hounds, a well as other dogs with short legs and long spines like Dachshunds, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
Recommendations for Spine Issues in Basset Hound Dogs:
- Old Timer - Can be a beneficial natural support for pets with mobility issues, stiff joints and chronic injury. It contains anti-inflammatory properties like cayenne that can help to reduce overall discomfort.
- Yucca - An herbal remedy that is known to help relieve inflammation, aid improved energy levels and encourage a healthy appetite.
- Turmeric - A powerful blend of black pepper and turmeric that can be beneficial for adding vital nutrients and anti-oxidants.