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Choosing A Basset Hound dog Breed For Your Family

Jun 13, 2008
The purpose of this article is to improve the public's knowledge about dogs, the basset hound in particular. Many people decide that they want a dog based off of appearance alone. While this may not be a terrible thing to do if the person has the ability to accommodate all types of dogs, for some individuals the care for specific types of dog breeds is not possible.

The best way to avoid any surprises after the adopting or purchase of a dog is to understand the breed and what it takes to care for it. We will go over some of the basic characteristics of the basset hound to help you get a better understanding of the basset hound as a breed and possibly a new addition to your family.

The basset hound is a pretty easy going dog with regard to all aspects. The basset grows to a weight of about 50 lbs and 43 lbs for the male and female respectively. Short in stature at about 15 inches, the basset hound is a very stocky animal. The basset can run at a quick pace but is better suited for a steady long jaunt. Grooming is very low maintenance, only requiring cleaning of the ears, often dirty due to lack of air circulation under the long floppy structure, and clipping of the nails.

This is a very placid breed of dog but does however make a sizable amount of noise with its very distinctive howl-type bark. This dog can put away quite a large amount of food for its size and will require a steady amount of exercise to prevent him from putting on excessive weight. The front legs are pointed outward sometimes causing limb problems. This is a good family dog with a lot of loyalty and love to give.

We hope that we have assisted you I your quest for knowledge and understanding of the basset hound. Please look below for some additional resources. The first thing you will want to do is see what the basset hound looks like. The next thing you will need to do is house train your basset hound. We find that one of the most common reasons that someone will get rid of basset hound's is that they are not house trained. There is a wonderful manual that can be used and you will find the link below. Lastly we want you to show off your new basset hound. There is a wonderful online dog community complete with a forum for you to post pictures to. Check it out.

The key to success is to love your basset hound and nothing will help you achieve that more than bonding with them. Spend time with your basset hound and make them a happy and healthy addition to your family.
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For more information on the Basset Hound or a full list of dog breeds take a look at this Dog Training website.
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