Instantly recognizable by their short legs, heavy bodies and ridiculously long ears, the Basset Hound is the quintessential multipurpose dog. They were developed in France to trail small game as hunters followed and were brought to the United States by the Marquis de Lafayette as a gift for our very first President: George Washington used these sweet dogs in his hunting expeditions!
Today, Bassets are better known as companion animals. Though they are still occasionally used for hunting, their “do-it-all” personalities help them to excel at obedience, conformation, field trials and of course, tracking.
The Basset Hound’s keen sense of smell goes well with its strong hunting instinct. If you have a Basset Hound, you are well aware that this breed actively follows scents, making short walks a bit more time consuming than you would think!
Basset Hounds are sweet and gentle dogs, and are great additions to families with children. Their short coats require little grooming, though they do need baths from time to time. As previously mentioned, they will chase scents willingly, so proper restraints and identification such as a microchip are a must.
Although this nose-worthy breed loves to track, they are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions which may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Bassets are prone to include blood conditions such as thrombopathia; skin issues such as seborrhea; spinal diseases such as cervical vertebral instability; elbow problems such as elbow dysplasia; and bone diseases such as panosteitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Basset inherits more than just an uncanny ability to sniff out the treat stash, you’re protected.