The membership of this dog breed is disputed by multiple countries. Its origins are undoubtedly to be found in Europe, between France and England .
Originally the bassethound was a hunting dog , given its excellent nose and usually used for hunting fox, hare, pheasant.
It is a dog suffering from a form of dwarfism , evident in the very short limbs.
Unlike the dachshund, which is a proportionately small dog, it is a medium-sized dog , where the dystonia of proportions of the limbs is evident. It is from the French dachshund, to which the English bloodhound breed was mixed that the Bassethound derives.
Appearance and main features
The stature of a Bassethound at the withers is between 33 and 38 cm , for a weight of about 30kg , it has a long and tapered muzzle. Her skin generates folds in correspondence of the forehead and eyes and the upper lips of the mouth largely cover the lower ones.
Its appearance is also characterized by very long ears , which exceed the size of the muzzle, which gives it a funny look. The limbs , although short , are well placed and powerful and, usually, the skin of the lower limbs may have folds in correspondence with the legs. Finally, the coat is smooth and short , tricolor (black – fire – white) or two-tone (white – lemon).
The Bassethound is a very calm and patient dog. For this reason he is more than suitable for growing up in families with children , with whom he relates lovingly. It makes a perfect companion dog , and adapts easily.
Excellent companion for long walks if you have a dynamic owner, excellent sofa companion for those who love to laze around the house. Its main character trait is stubbornness . He is a stubborn dog, which always manages to get what he wants, therefore it is certainly useful to train him from a puppy. However, it is an easy to train dog .
Diseases and pathologies typical of the breed
The Bassethound has an average life span of 8-12 years and unfortunately is subject to some diseases that are often serious. Among these the Osteochondritis dissecans: a necrosis that affects a part of the articular cartilage, with inflammation and formation of necrosis. The diagnosis is not always simple and the remedy is necessarily of a surgical type; Elbow dysplasia : this is an alteration in the formation of the dog’s elbow joint . This pathology favors the onset of arthritis. The gastric torsion syndrome: it is a sudden increase in the volume of the stomach, accompanied by a rotation on itself. If not treated immediately in the emergency room (where however there are equally mortality rates up to 30/40%) our friend Bassethound is destined to die. To avoid the possible onset of this pathology, several good rules must be followed , starting from the fact of not feeding too abundant meals. Finally, obesity is also a common problem in the breed.
Pay attention once more to the correct nutrition of the dog . We at Nuova Fattoria know something about this and that is why we offer a healthy and balanced diet.