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Basset Hound Dogs for Sale
If you're seeking a laid-back, affectionate dog with simple care requirements, a basset hound may prove just the pooch for you. These low-profile pups boast characteristic black-and-tan markings on their coats with liberal amounts of white and cream, and their long ears, droopy eyes and sad-looking face imbue basset hounds with an instantly recognizable look.
Never in a hurry to get anywhere due to their short legs and slow gait, basset hounds make excellent dogs for those with more sedentary lifestyles. Without attention, however, they may get very vocal or dig where they shouldn't, so they do need owners willing to spend time with them daily.
Whether you're looking for basset hound puppies for sale or just want to learn more about this breed, read on to discover more.
Originally bred in the 1500s in pre-revolutionary France, basset hounds were used for hunting rabbits due to their low-slung yet heavy-bodied frames. The 1800s saw the British fine-tuning this breed with a focus on their excellent sense of smell and a slow enough gait that hunters could keep up with them on the chase.
In 20th-century America, however, the basset hound won over family hearts due to its endearing look, making it a popular pet breed. Their laid-back nature consolidated their place indoors, as they prove an excellent companion to both people and other pets.
Size and Health
Part of the hound group of dog breeds, basset hounds stand up 15 inches tall and weigh between 40 and 65 pounds. Females are typically smaller than male dogs, but usually, the difference is nominal. Lifespans for basset hounds range between 12 and 13 years.
Obesity is a big risk with basset hounds due to their short, stocky builds, and their long, droopy ears prove prone to infection because of the lack of airflow. Due to their deep, narrow chests, this breed is also at risk for gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), also known as bloat, and eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts often afflict older basset hounds. Additional health issues to watch out for include heart disease, Addison's disease, back problems, joint issues and neurological disorders.
Care and Grooming
Due to the many common ailments that afflict basset hounds, owners should watch out for any out-of-the-ordinary issues. Likewise, annual vet checkups can help you address, track and treat any problems your pooch encounters. Additionally, daily walks and frequent play can help this breed maintain healthy body weight.
To ward off ear infections, make sure to check their ears frequently and clean them as needed. Short coats make basset hounds simple to groom. Just run a brush through your pet's fur a couple of times a week to capture any shedding and keep its coat glossy. The breed's characteristic droopy eyes tend to collect matter at the edges, so wipe that out frequently.
Friendly dogs with easygoing natures, basset hounds are great around kids and other pets and simple to integrate into bigger families. They're intelligent dogs, but their stubborn attitudes may make them harder to train than some other breeds. Patience and a firm hand often help owners overcome this issue.
Keep in mind that basset hounds are very vocal dogs, known for their characteristic bellowing bark. Also, they're bred for hunting, so when they get on the trail, they aren't easily discouraged. This means you need to keep a close eye on these pooches when exploring the great outdoors.
If you want to know more about adoptable puppies in our care, call 813-444-4365 for information. For those seeking basset hound puppies for sale, we have dogs available all around the greater Bay area, including Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Bradenton and Wesley Chapel.