Spotlight Breed Basset Hound

Spotlight Breed: Basset Hound

The Spotlight Breed of the week is the Basset Hound.  If we had to describe this breed in three words, we would choose: charming, patient and low-key.  The Basset Hound is one of the most endearing and instantly recognizable dogs of the world.  Although they can be stubborn, they are always charming which makes them super unique.

The Basset Hound stands no higher than 14 inches at the shoulder.  Although they have small legs, they are super powerful.  They have massive paws which promote strength and stamina.  What they are famous for most are their large heads which super long velvety ears.  The Basset Hound may look like a sad clown at times, but do not worry, they are happy!

This breed is not as active as the other breeds, but they still require regular to moderate exercise.  Usually a daily walk in the neighborhood will do the trick!  Basset Hounds are prone to being overweight so daily activity will help prevent this.  The breed was originally developed to work in a pack with other dogs so as you can imagine, they enjoy the company of others.

There are some important aspects when it comes to taking care of a Basset Hound.  Since their ears are so droopy, it is important to check and clean them often to prevent infection.  It is also a good idea to pay close attention to the hips of this breed as they are prone to hip dysplasia.  All in all, the Basset Hound is a great companion to have.

We will leave you with our favorite quote about the breed.  “A house is never lonely where a loving Basset Hound waits!”