The Basset’s short coat requires minimal grooming but should be brushed regularly.
The Basset's sweet, gentle disposition makes him a great companion and his short coat requires minimal grooming. New owners should be prepared for a dog that actively follows scent while outside or on walks.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Basset Hound is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity.
They need a nail trim with a trimmer or grinder on a regular basis to keep their nails from splitting and to keep feet healthy and in good condition. Be sure to give a good cleaning of the ear folds as the Basset hound has long ears that may harbor dampness and debris which may cause infections. A bath every so often will help keep their coats looking clean and shiny. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Easygoing, laid-back, and even a bit lazy, Bassets are great family pets. They aim to please but prefer to work for food, so owners should keep treats on hand while training. Also, don’t be offended if your Basset ignores you—the breed’s high intelligence comes with a tendency to be stubborn. They’re happy to snooze the day (and night) away, but need regular exercise to prevent excessive weight gain. Long daily walks with lots of interesting new smells are on their wish list.
Basset Hound &HEALTH
Some health issues include glaucoma; thrombopathia; von Willebrand’s disease; hypothyroidism; patellar luxation; hip dysplasia; and elbow dysplasia. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Basset hounds are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Basset hound can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.