When you think of the Basset Hound, chances are two things come to mind. The first thing most people think of is their long ears that nearly touch the floor. Secondly, you might remember their keen sense of smell. While those are some great qualities that this breed does possess, it does not stop there. Their personalities, cute stature, adorable droopiness, and peaceful demeanor are additional reasons that make people love the Basset Hound.
Here are four fun facts that make Basset Hounds awesome.
Basset Hounds Have Powerful Sniffers
The Basset Hound is considered a scent hound, meaning its nose is better at picking up scents than those of other breeds due to selective breeding. According to the American Kennel Club, the Basset Hound is second only to the Bloodhound in its tracking and scenting abilities and is very proficient in detecting odors and following trails.
This breed was originally bred in France to hunt by scent rather than sight. Its build is perfectly designed to capture scents. The name Basset Hound comes from the French word bas, meaning “low”. Being low to the ground and having long ears sweeping the floor, the Basset Hound can bring scents upward to his powerful nose. The loose skin around its head helps to trap scents as well.
If a Basset Hound catches a scent while outside, they may try to follow it at all costs–whether it is dangerous or not. Make sure always to have your Basset on a leash or in a fenced yard. Training your dog with tasty treats to understand commands is important, but remember to be patient and calm, as they don’t respond well to harsh training techniques.
You Can Take Them “Basseting”
For those familiar with the basset hound breed, you may have heard of this. Due to their excellent scent-trailing skills, many people will place their Basset in organized tracking events known as “basseting.” Basseting is a centuries-old tradition that draws people of all ages. These events take place primarily in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Basseting is a great way to show off your Basset Hound’s natural abilities in tracking, hunting, and field trials.
Basset Hounds Drool…a Lot
These dogs tend to drool quite a bit and often slobber while drinking and eating due to the loose skin around their jaws and mouths. It is good to be aware of this before owning a Basset because this can be a problem for people if they don’t are not prepared. They often will drool when they become hot during walks in the summer, or when they are waiting to eat or be given a treat as well.
This Breed Makes a Great Family Friendly Pet
Basset Hounds are typically calm and peaceful dogs. As pack dogs, they love to be around their family and owners as much as possible. Even if it is just hanging around the house or relaxing on the couch, the Basset loves to be in on the action. If left alone for long periods of time, they may start to howl or become destructive. These dogs get along great with other animals, family, and friends. Although they may howl or bark at the most inconvenient times, they are a joy to be around.
The Basset Hound makes a great pet. Whether you want to be in the great outdoors or the sometimes even greater indoors, this breed is a gentle and sweet companion to have in any dog lover’s life.