Basset Hound: The Famous Hush Puppies

Interesting facts about the dog breed Basset hound – the famous Hush Puppies.

Dear dog lover,
     I’ve heard in the dog community news that you are planning to acquire a dog that suits your need. I believe I am the type of dog you are looking for. Here is my personal profile for you to look into. As a teaser, do you know that my cousin Jason was featured in an advertising. His photo was chosen as the logo for Hush Puppies brand shoes. And BTW, my ancestors are from France, and the name Basset is French for “low”. From the hound family, we are bred to hunt rabbits using our excellent sense of smell.

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The Basset Hound is a relatively heavy dog with short legs. Males average 30-38cm at the withers and about 23-29kg, while bitches measure 28-36cm and about 20-27kg.

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Bassets usually comes in tri-color – (black, tan, and white), some are Red & whites, others are lemon & whites, and the rare ‘blue’ bassets.

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Basset hounds sport smooth, short-haired coats(though a carry rough-haired coats). They have large head, long, droopy ears, sad-looking brown eyes, long muzzles, large teeth and loose skin. They have powerful necks, deep chest, big claws, and long tail with white tips.

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Basset hounds are affectionate, loyal and loves socializing in the company of others. They are sweet, gentle, clownish, peaceful, and reliably good-natured. However, they are not that easy to train – at times they are stubborn, lazy and slow to obey.  Yet, they respond to consistent obedience training plus the food rewards.

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Having bulky stature with short legs, Basset hounds, need regular exercise to make them fit. Be sure to have your dog on a leash, when you take it outdoor. A pure hunting hound, it will go for a chase if ever it detects interesting scents.

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Don’t be deceived by Bassets look! Short as they are, they are expert in reaching objects or food on table tops. However, taking them for a long swim is not advisable. Why? With their bulky build and short legs, they cannot hold themselves above water for too long.

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Having very long ears, Basset hounds are prone to certain ear diseases. They too, may encounter eye issues (primarily mucus problem) owing to their droopy eyes, where the area below the eyeball collecting much dirt. Also, due to their wrinkled face, the area around the mouth is susceptible to yeast infection. Also, be aware that Bassets shed a lot.

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Basset Hounds are also prone to yeast infections in the folds around the mouth, where drool can collect without thoroughly drying out. Wiping the area with a clean, dry towel and applying talcum powder can minimize this risk.

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Again, owing to its (short stubby legs, low to the ground) body stature, don’t let Bassets jump at a point to high off the ground – they are at high risk of breaking a leg, injuring the spine, or dislocating the hips. Keep in mind, not to overfeed them because additional weight can take its toll on the legs and spine. Considered a lazy dog type, they can go overweight if allowed to.

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They suit well in an apartment or in home without a yard, provided they be given time to play to keep them fit and trim. Grooming is not a problem, comb and brush will do for its smooth, short-haired coat. Adults on a daily average consume  2 – 4 cups of food. Basset hounds can live to about 10-12 years.

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  1. Sebastian Onciu

    On June 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Basset hounds are lovely dogs!

  2. Ukrainian

    On June 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Nice pics and interesting info about cute dog.

  3. Darlene McFarlane

    On June 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I enjoyed this article very much! I had a Black and Tan Basset many years ago. Her name was Lucy and I would secure her ears behind her neck when she ate so they didn’t drag in her food.

    I like the picture of the of the long haired Basset.

  4. webseowriters

    On June 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    this is the best share

  5. Jimmy Shilaho

    On June 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Lovely.

  6. shakugan123

    On June 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    they are so cute though they look so bored

  7. PR Mace

    On June 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    What a sweet article. You know I love anything about dogs and these little fellows are so cute.

  8. Macherie

    On June 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    ang cute, tamang tama to sa product review ko na hush puppies.lol

  9. Tulan

    On June 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Basset Hounds are the most loving dogs in the world,

  10. kris miyasako

    On June 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Oh…how I love to see these lovely and cute puppies. They’re all so adorable! Nice post kabayan!

  11. Judy Sheldon

    On June 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I love the dog pics. They are delightful and so is the commentary. Nice job!

  12. The Soul Explorer

    On June 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Cute! I wish I could have one pet! :)

  13. reiny

    On June 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    aaaah.. I want to adopt one of them…:D

  14. Lady Sunshine

    On June 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Ken loves it when they howl when prey is trapped or cornered. That is a hound dog for you – hunting dogs. :D

  15. Payge

    On June 21, 2011 at 1:52 am

    My biological mother has two of these kinds of dogs and they treat them like family since my folks are elderly.Would be nicve to have one but management of the apartment wont let me.Nicely done friend!

  16. SharifaMcFarlane

    On June 21, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Thank you for an interesting read on their strengths and weaknesses.

  17. Ebbin Jose

    On June 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    So cute

  18. Phoenix Montoya

    On June 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Cute, napaka-boring lang ng mga mata. Good post kuya :)

  19. mtrguanlao

    On June 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Love them idol! Nakakaawa po kasi silang tignan palagi,haha!

  20. iamhanifah

    On June 22, 2011 at 4:29 am

    oh such a lovely dogs…

  21. Likha

    On June 22, 2011 at 4:44 am

    They are dogs I would love to have. They have a soft look on their faces. So good for therapy.

  22. Eunice Tan

    On June 22, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Thank you for the beautiful photos of hush puppies

  23. sanataryal

    On June 22, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Nice article…cute pictures.

  24. pruelpo

    On June 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Another interesting article to read with amazing photos dude. Ang lalaki ng mga ears. They are really different from normal dogs and puppies. They look so friendly.

  25. isloooboy

    On June 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

    So cute and nice puppies very well written article thanks for sharing

  26. lonelyplanet

    On June 23, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Very cute puppies.

  27. dame016

    On June 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Cute naman. I love dogs! :)

  28. sweetblue

    On June 24, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Good share thank u

  29. kimberlyds

    On June 24, 2011 at 5:25 am

    they are sooo cute!!

  30. yellow rose

    On June 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

    dog is man’s best friend..good share

  31. Melody SJAL

    On June 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

    They look so tame and gentle.

  32. Rosettaartist1

    On June 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I love all animals

  33. bobie

    On June 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    they look like sady type of dog….

  34. Eiddwen

    On July 2, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Brilliant article.

  35. rico

    On July 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    funny ears :)

  36. beingwell

    On July 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    He looks adorable!

  37. erwinkennythomas

    On August 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    excellent share!

  38. Joe Ram

    On August 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    thanks for the information.

  39. LCM Linda

    On August 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Lovely dogs. A little bit surprise to know that they belong to the lazy type.

  40. FX777222999

    On September 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Beautiful dogs and pictures too. Thanks for the info.

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