Basset Hounds are scent hounds, originally bred to sniff out hare and other prey for their hunting masters. Their scent tracking abilities are almost unparalleled by any other breed. Basset Hounds are known to be a generally healthy, long-living breed. They don’t suffer from many of the joint issues that many mid or large sized dogs do. Their primary concerns are with skin.
Primary Health Conditions of the Basset Hound
Basset Hounds tend to develop yeast infections in and around the ears and lip folds. Baths with gentle medicated shampoos recommended by a veterinarian can help prevent or soothe these skin concerns. Keeping those long droopy ears clean and dry can help prevent yeast issues as well.
Secondary Health Conditions of the Basset Hound
There are some genetically inherited conditions that can be avoided by working with a reputable breeder. Breeders can have their sires and dames analyzed for all genetic conditions prior to breeding, and should be able to provide documentation that their lines are disinclined to any genetic maladies. Common problems may include canine Thrombopathia, which means that when a Basset Hound is wounded, the blood may have a hard time clotting, and excessive bleeding may take place; or elbow dysplasia, which can cause lameness in the front legs, but that can usually be treated. Adopting a mutt whose dominant breed is Basset Hound is a great way to avoid some of the purebred genetic concerns.
Basset Hound Exercise and Walking Needs
As compared with other breeds, Basset Hounds are fairly low maintenance when it comes to exercise. Two to three moderately paced walks a day should do the trick to keep your hound fit and satisfied. They’re a notoriously snuggly and lazy breed, and love to curl up for long naps. They are playful, and enjoy the company of other dogs and humans, but don’t require frequent runs or complicated routines. Because Basset Hounds don’t typically express frustration from lack of exercise the way other dogs might (inappropriate chewing, roughhousing), owners may get lax in their exercise routines. Early on, establish exercise as a part of your hound’s life.
Basset Hound Nutritional Needs
Basset Hounds are notoriously eager eaters, and often stray from the kitchen in their quest for edibles - or inedibles. They’ll gobble down even the most bland meal, but don’t be fooled. Filling their bowls with high protein, low processed foods will help your hound stay healthy for longer.
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