Dog Breed: Basset Hound


Playing With Your Dog

No matter what breed of dog you have, your pup is going to want to have some love, affection, and play from its owner. Of course, you need to take your dog out for its daily walks to get it exercise. But it’s also fun to play a game of fetch just to blow off some steam. Hey, playing with your dog is free too, and given that we may be going into one of the worst recessions in years, anything that is free is especially nice right now!

Besides playing fetch, you can teach your dog tricks. Generally, the easier tricks are the ’sit,’ ’shake,’  and ’speak,’ followed by ‘rollover’ which may be a little more difficult to teach your dog. After you teach your dog these tricks, it gets a bit tougher to tackle the higher end tricks.

There are other fun ways to play with your dog. Posing your dog in funny pictures is always fun. There are some really cute pet costumes you can get for your dog. Lots of people like to dress up their dogs in their favorite football team’s jersey and have their dog root for their team on Sundays. There are also lots of cute costumes out there online, such as an Indiana Jones costume. Hey, who knows, maybe your dog will be fighting Nazis and discovering ancient artifacts!

Basset Hound – Breed Information

Breed Information: The Basset Hound has a short, shiny coat, and while there are no specifications on coloration, they usually have a white base with reddish-colored markings and or red and black markings on white, and occasionally lemon and white. The skin of the Basset Hound is loose and hangs in folds behind the head. They have long ears that will meet past the end of the nose if pulled forward, sad-looking eyes and lips that hang down past the lower jaw. The Basset Hound also has a very deep chest that extends past his front legs, and a pronounced dewlap.

  • Size: Dogs Height: 12-15 inches/Weight: 50-65 pounds Bitches Height: 11-14 inches/Weight: 45-60 pounds
  • Breed Specific Health Issues: The only problems usually associated with Basset Hounds are the strain on their legs and back because of their very long body and very short legs. These problems can be kept to a minimum if a proper diet is fed allowing a Basset Hound to become overweight will put unnecessary strain on their bodies.
  • Life Expectancy: Basset Hounds average life span is around 10 to 12 years.
  • Grooming Requirements: The Basset Hounds coat is very easy to care for, needing only the occasional, once weekly, grooming with a stiff brush. Bassets do shed year-round, but not as heavily as other breeds. Also, due to the long-hanging ears, cleaning inside the ears is very important to keep them clean.

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