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Cute Overload - The Basset Hound
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Originally from France, the "Basset" (derived from the French word "bas" meaning 'low thing' or 'dwarf') was developed as a hunting hound that could be followed on foot. By the 1700's, Basset Hounds were used extensively throughout France, differing somewhat in appearance from province to province. It is believed that at about this time, George Washington received a pair of Bassets as a gift from LaFayette, and in the 1800's Bassets were exported to England and then to the United States.
His temperament is mild, his devotion extreme. His scenting ability, second only to the Bloodhound, has made him an exceptional hunting and trailing dog. His long ears, facial wrinkles, deep muzzle and dewlaps help trap and hold the scent. Sturdy legs and loose skin help him track through thorny brambles and difficult terrain. While these characteristics might make him amusing in appearance, these characteristics are functional.
Bassets have easygoing temperaments, making both males and females excellent pets. They are strong-willed and intelligent, using these traits to their advantage. They are willing dogs, as long as what you wish of them is what they intended to do in the first place. Otherwise, you may begin to think your pet has a hearing problem. Patience, lots of praise, tenderness and perseverance (plus a cookie) work wonders.
Basset Hounds love to be loved, and they know how effective those sad eyes can be to manipulate their owners. Their droll expression has won them a place in advertising and entertainment and in the hearts of many families.
April 7th, 2013
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