It is without a doubt one of the more comical and more friendly for all dogs and their success is probably more to your particular aspect to their game qualities of hound.
However, is equipped with a very fine sense of smell and is used with excellent results in the hunting of the Hare, wild boar and Roe deer, showing very little fast but sturdy. Affectionate character known however to be especially stubborn and headstrong, surprising the owner with an unexpected spirit of independence.
Even being recognized as American race, there is no doubt that its origin must be sought between the French hounds and more specifically in the Basset d’Artois, crossed in ancient times with others, among which is the dog of St. Hubert.
This new type of dog, was a notable success in England where spread relatively quickly as well as France.
Shakespeare’s own speaks of the Basset in “A night dream” summer and then (around 1860 – 70), Lord Onslow formed a very large Pack. It seems that the first Basset who came to America was that La Fayette gave to George Washington.
While in Europe is discussed between French and English already origins of the characteristics and skills of the dog who first wanted to exclusively for hunting while the latter tended to select their aesthetic qualities, in America, obtaining a dog strong and solid, capable of causing admiration by his natural talent of Hunter both their morphological characters are much worked.
It was so the race was recognized as American and we must say that the most beautiful specimens come from the new continent. The Basset Hound is currently extended by all countries and is one more and more fans and followers.
The Basset Hound, is a particularly robust and impressive bones dog with good smell and who know how to move with ease and vivacity. Particularly impressive is the head (which clearly shows his descent from Blood Hound) that must be large and shapely with the rest of the body. The length of the skull must be possible more equal to the snout and ears, very long, low birth that exceed much truffle tip and is the dog with loose folds. The skin is abundant on the body and is a drawing of folds that are especially marked when it is low on the head.
The neck is very strong, with well evident chaps. The expression is sweet and sad, with Brown and slightly sunken eyes.
The trunk is elongated but very solid, with well developed chest and ribs very arched. Dog wears the tail happily both when it is still as when it is moved.
Freehand to the cross. 33 To 38 cm.
Head. Large and well-proportioned, medium width, with the skull of the same length of the snout. Side walls of the skull outgoing flat. Truffle black and dark, with very open nostrils. Pointed snout. Dark, so hanging lips that form a right angle with the tip of the nose. Moderately marked stop.
Eyes. Brown, preferably dark color. The lower eyelids let you see the dark red membrane.
Ears. Very long and low birth. If they are thrown forward, the tip of the truffle exceed much. Velvety texture, hanging in loose folds.
Neck. Wide and well arched, with very marked Chin.
Previous extremities is. Very heavy and solid. Shoulders and elbows well glued to the chest. Forearms short, strong, solid bones.
Body. Chest deep and solid, with a prominent breastbone. Its minimum distance from the floor is equivalent to one-third of the height at the withers. Elongated, smooth and extended with deep ribs. Dorsal line level.
Hind limbs. Parallel if they look back. Straight hocks are not rotated or outward or inward. Fallen metatarsal. Presence of spurs.
Feet. Well rounded. The previous is are slightly shifted outward, instead the following are straight. Neither sharp nor separate fingers.
Queue. Long, on the same line of the spine, it forms a slight curve.
Fur. Hard, adherent and quite dense. It can be of all colors, and colors, those accepted for hounds, mixed.
POWER. Food needs, calculated as maintenance ration are 1,250-1,400 Kcal per day.
Disease It IS. Because it is a fairly popular dog, you have been able to study better than in others, some diseaseis that particularly affect it. Among these, the most frequent is certainly otitis since the hanging of the flag edge, favors the reservoir of wax and debris, allowing in this way an inflammation of auditory meatus.
Some specimens by its Constitution, tend to be back the lower eyelid with consequent exposure of the conjunctiva, which thus can ignite more easily. In more severe cases surgical treatment is used.
In the Basset hound has been described a hereditary injury that affects females of age of less than six months, which is characterized by a deformation of the cervical vertebrae and will result in the inability to maintain balance.
Also in this dog disease characteristic of development has been determined and that involves limb lameness earlier due to a mismatch of the process of ossification (elbow dysplasia). The therapy is surgical.