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A Basset Hound may look like this tiny, sad dog that is perennially depressed but its real nature is just the opposite of that. Basset Hounds are known to be very even-tempered and affectionate. They usually like being around people and bond very easily with kids and also with other pets. Despite that sad-looking face, it is a very friendly and happy-go-lucky breed.
average life span of a healthy Basset Hound is about 12 years. As with most
breeds of dogs, the Basset Hound too needs some special care and attention for
a healthy and active life. Since you, as a pet parent, are responsible for your
dog’s overall well-being, here are a few tips that will help you care for your
Basset Hound better.
Hounds were originally bred as hunting dogs and have a powerful sense of smell.
They can catch any scent and start following it out of instinct. But leaving
your dog to follow every scent it wants to may be risky as it might get lost
and Basset Hounds are not very good at finding their way back home. So, keep
your dog on a leash or let it play around in an enclosed area so that it cannot
escape into the streets, for its safety.
it away from pools
to its short legs, the Basset Hound is not a very good swimmer. So, don’t let
your dog near a swimming pool or any other water body, unattended.
Basset Hounds require lesser exercise than most other breeds of dogs, yet their
chances of getting obese are quite high. To avoid this, engage your dog in
moderate activity daily. You can take it for a walk and keep plenty of toys in
the room to play with at other times. You can also let it use its sense of
smell to keep it active by hiding some treats in the yard or in the room for
your dog to sniff and find.
a healthy diet
a Basset Hound’s level of activity is low, it should be given a limited and
well-balanced diet to avoid obesity. Do not give your dog too many treats or
table scraps, as these extra treats may make it gain pounds gradually.
the vet and the groomer
Basset Hounds are prone to certain
breed-specific illnesses like glaucoma, disc problems, and elbow dysplasia. It
is important to schedule regular appointments with the vet to ensure that your
dog is healthy and take care of any illness at an early stage.
Also, grooming is
very important for this breed of dog. They have an oily coat which requires
them to be bathed frequently. Also cleaning its ears, teeth and trimming its
nails is important for overall health.