|Interesting Breed Facts:
||33rd in ranking for 2008; with 5,277 registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).
|First recognized as a breed:
||First recognized in 1875 by the Kennel Club (Great Britain) and by the AKC in 1885.
||Height should not exceed 14" at the shoulder for either sex. Weight for these heavily-boned dogs is surprisingly heavy: for males, between 55 to 70 lbs.; for females, 45 to 65 lbs.
According to the AKC breed standard, the ideal Basset Hound is a short-legged dog that is heavier in bone than any other breed of dog when size is considered. His tail has a slight curvature and is carried high. He has a hard, smooth, short coat, with loose skin. Ears are long and set very low. The head is large with a well-domed skull. Eyes are soft and slightly sunken and often carry a sad look. Any recognized hound color is acceptable and Bassets range from mostly black to lemon yellow and white. Pattern of markings is unimportant.
|#1 Preventable Health Problem:
||Obesity. Basset owners report that their dogs are so good at giving "the look" when there's food around that they are practically mesmerized. But obesity can lead to a variety of problems especially in this breed, including stressed joints, heart conditions, and back problems.
||A family to love him and plenty of interesting smells.
||Devoted to his family, and easy to keep.
|Biggest challenge to owners:
||Obedience training. Although it can be done, like many hunting dogs, the Basset was bred to think for himself, plus has a strong instinct to follow his nose.