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13 Interesting Facts About Basset Hounds

Posted in Basset Hound with tags on 2012/11/27 by bassetthounds


1- Basset Hounds usually howl when they’re left alone for long periods of time.
2- They were originally bred for hunting small game.
3- The male Basset Hounds (when adult) usually weigh from 55-75 lbs.
4- Basset Hounds should be brushed every week so they won’t shed hair as much.
5- The Basset Hound’s coat is made to be used in all weather conditions.
6- A Basset Hound’s ears were created to hold the scent of the animal they’re hunting for its strong nose to smell.
7- Since a Basset Hound has large paws, it is most likely to have disorders in the paws, like fungus infections between the toes.
8- The Basset Hound is short-legged and has heavier bones (considering its size) than any other dog.
9- The Basset belongs to the Hound group.
11- Bassets have a tendency to get fat because their sad look makes their owners feel bad for them and feed them more than usual.
12- When Basset Hounds become fat, it may result to back problems or heart trouble.
13- The inside of a Basset Hound’s ears should be cleaned once a week.


Top 10 Reasons It’s Good to be a Dog

Posted in Basset Hound on 2012/07/28 by bassetthounds

1. If it itches – you can scratch it – even in public

2. No one notices or cares if you have hair growing in some weird places as you get older

3. Personal Hygiene ain’t too bad – its not like you have to bathe everyday & somebody else combs your hair

4. Having a wet nose is a sign of good health

5. You don’t need fancy entertainment systems – you got a bone

6. You can spend hours smelling stuff

7. You can spend all day sleeping, if ya want!

8. It doesn’t take much to make you happy. You’re excited just see the same old people day after day. Heck all they have to do is leave the room for 5 minutes and come back in – and you’re happy

9. You never have to pay for lunch or dinner – OR worry about your table manners AND ……………………

10. If you gain weight – it’s someone else’s fault!

How do you Spoile your Basset Hound

Posted in Basset Hound with tags on 2012/05/15 by bassetthounds


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New toy for my Basset wooohooooo

Posted in Basset Hound with tags on 2012/05/02 by bassetthounds


Duke has hit that stage where he gets so fired up that he chases his tail, run laps around the couch at lightening speed, and literally hops straight into the air when battling it out with his green stuffed PetSmart dog toynamed “Squeaker.”  Now imagine if you will a 20 pound Basset Hound all of 12 inches tall hopping up off the ground with all four paws in the air at the same time and long ears flapping in the wind.  It is indeed a sight to behold.

Well, after a long and stressful day at work, I have this energizer bunny in the shape of a Basset staring me down and guilting me into play.  Naturally a romp in the yard and the chasing of a ball is not enough for this log on legs and he meanders over to where I just kicked off a pair of old Doc Marten boots.

You would think it was a scene from Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom.”  I have never seen a dog stalk and attack a pair of boots with such ferocity.  Man, he sassed that boot and, once brave enough, finally grabbed it by it’s long lace and dragged it onto the rug. That’s when he went in for the kill.  After about five minutes of growling and biting at the boot, I guess he figured it was mortally wounded as he wrestled it under the coffee table (his Dog Cave) and began alternately chewing and napping.

A Prayer For Basset Hounds

Posted in Basset Hound with tags on 2012/04/30 by bassetthounds

A Prayer For Basset Hounds

 “Dear Lord as we start each day
There’s just one gift for which I pray

Please watch over all Basset Hounds everywhere
And bless them with someone to care.

Watch over the pups with plenty to eat
And the hungry strays out on the street
Those getting treats each time they yap
And those who struggle for every scrap

Those that sleep on a nice soft bed
Those with hard ground under their head
Those who play with girls and boys
And those who never have any toys

Those kept clipped and brushed and clean
And scruffy ones that don’t smell too keen
Those who get to ride in cars
And those that sit behind cage bars

Those that flunk obedience school
Dig up the yard, snore and drool
Chew up your stuff, chase the cat
And they’re still loved in spike of that

And those that are as good as gold
But left out to shiver in the cold
Chained up and forgotten there
They long for a warm home to share

Please God, as we end each night
Help more people do what’s right
For each Basset Hound they meet, to do their best
And send your comfort to all the rest.”


Basset Hounds Obedience Training Video Really Good One!

Posted in Basset Hound on 2012/04/27 by bassetthounds



Great Basset Hound Training Video Enjoy !


The droopy eyes and floppy ears, who could resist the face of a basset hound? These enthusiastic, all-purpose dogs were developed to flush out game for hunters in 16th century France and were a gift to George Washington.

While they are low to the ground, basset hounds are not small and weigh in between 40 and 75 pounds on average. They are sturdy, heavy boned, capable of surprising endurance in the field, with a mild fun loving temperament. As with all hounds, they love to be outside, sniffing everything.

While basset hounds make great family pets, they are prone to a few health issues that can be avoided and managed.

Obesity is very common among basset hounds and can best be prevented with daily exercise and a strict feeding schedule. Slow down their eating so they won’t swallow a lot of air, and feed them smaller portions throughout the day to prevent bloat.

A tear gland issue called ‘cherry dye’ is also common and should be addressed by a veterinarian to prevent infection. A basset’s floppy ears, while part of their charm, can trap moisture and cause ear infections. To help prevent an ear infection, be sure to dry their ears after a bath or going in water.

If you think a basset hound might be the right breed for you, do research, meet a few and consider adoption first. There are basset hound rescue groups across the country with lots of dogs waiting for a forever home.

It’s a dog’s life: To make it better, university veterinarian says add exercise to canine’s daily routine Manhattan, KS Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Posted in Basset Hound with tags , , , , , on 2012/04/26 by bassetthounds
It’s a dog’s life: To make it better, university veterinarian says add exercise to canine’s daily routine
Manhattan, KS
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
 MANHATTAN, Kan. — Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from daily exercise. A Kansas State University veterinarian says dogs need it, too.

“Dogs should get exercise at least twice a day, generally around 15 to 20 minutes each session for small dogs and 30 to 40 minutes or more for large dogs,” said Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor at the university’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

However, how long and the type of exercise depend on the type of dog, its age and its health, Nelson said.

“It really depends on what the dog can do,” she said. “For short-legged or arthritic dogs, walking is good. Running is good for dogs that are bigger and are in good shape, but how much running to do depends on the dog and how in shape it is. Remember, you can’t run a basset hound like you would a Great Dane.”

Choosing the type of exercise for your dog depends on how fit it is and if it has any health conditions that limit its activity level. For example, running and jumping aren’t good for a dog with arthritis. Waking and hiking are good low-impact activities. Swimming can be good for many dogs, especially those who have joint mobility problems — but make sure the dog knows how to swim first, Nelson said.

In general, Nelson said small dogs can walk up to a mile or two, while large dogs may be able to handle three or more miles of walking or running.

Just letting a dog out to play on its own in a fenced-in yard isn’t good enough. The dog should be kept active while exercising, so playing a game of fetch with a ball or flying disc are good forms of exercise, Nelson said.

While getting your dog active is good, Nelson said it’s also important to make sure your canine friend isn’t overdoing it.

“Some signs to look for include an obvious limp, if they are tugging on their leash and don’t want to go forward, or if they start to lag behind,” she said. “As the weather gets warmer, watch out for overheating your dog. Signs include panting really hard; producing thick, ropey saliva; and getting a dark, red tongue. Taking water breaks along the way is a good idea.”

If your dog gets weak, collapses or seems to struggle while exercising in warm weather, it’s important to get them cooled off and to a veterinarian quickly, Nelson said.

Once temperatures climb into the 80s, Nelson said monitor your dog closely when exercising and consider switching your sessions to early morning and evening when temperatures are cooler. For some dogs even temperatures in the 70s can be hazardous to their health.

“Don’t forget about humidity levels in the heat, too,” she said. “High humidity can make it tough for dogs to breathe and they can’t get proper cooling through panting. This is especially true for dogs with short, stubby noses like boxers and bulldogs.”

Nelson said dogs with these types of noses can have a hard time moving air in and out, and the tissues in their throats can start to swell when they have to pant a lot.

“It is a vicious cycle that can lead to overheating because they just can’t pant as effectively as dogs with longer noses,” she said. “Very young and very old dogs also don’t have a high tolerance for the heat.”

Heat can be hard on a dog’s feet, too, Nelson said.

“As the weather gets warmer, pavement and asphalt can get hot and burn the pads on their feet,” she said. “Gravel can be a painful surface, too, especially if they aren’t used to running on it. Many dogs will develop severe injuries to their pads if they aren’t conditioned to run on rough surfaces.”

Another concern at this time of year are fleas and ticks, so make sure your dog is protected against them before heading outside.

If your dog did fine on its walk or run but woke up stiff or lame afterward, Nelson recommends having a veterinarian check it out to ensure it’s not something exercise will continue to aggravate.

Scheduling a physical with a veterinarian is a good first step before starting an exercise routine for your dog, Nelson said, especially if the dog is overweight or has had a sedentary lifestyle.

“You want to make sure your dog is ready to exercise. You may have to start slow to build up their endurance,” she said. “But once you get started, it can be fun. For example, you can get creative and set up things for your dog to find along the way — search activities. The important thing is to get them up and going.”

Erinn Barcomb-Peterson
Director, News & Editorial Services
Kansas State University Media Relations
Manhattan, KS
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