Miniature Basset Hound
A new small Basset breed.Also known as the
Parva Os Lux Basset
The Parva Os Lux Basset or Miniature Basset Hound originated in the United States and is a relatively new breed. EBH Founder & CEO Juan Johnson started the development of this breed in the early 2000s. His vision for this breed and the breed’s purpose was to be an excellent tracking dog for hunting that could swim and a loveable smaller sized dog with big long ears. With his background and resources, he was able to efficiently breed down the Basset Hound breed by using specific bloodlines of Basset breeds. This vision was made a reality in 2007 when he finally created the Parva Os Lux Basset. As he progressed in his development and research of this new breed, he created the company now known as Elite Basset Hounds in 2010 with, his now husband, Michael Johnson. With newly added resources and thanks to new leaps in technology and genetic testing, the breed was able to take huge leaps in improvement that would have typically taken decades to accomplish 20 years ago. Using new breeding techniques and genetic testing the breed’s standards can and will improve and solidify in the years to come.
The Miniature Basset Hound is a light-boned dog, unlike the Basset Hound which is heavy boned due to its breed development of being mixed with the Bloodhound. The goal is to increase is agility and speed of the dog making it excellent for tracking and hunting small game. The ears range from wide and long to long and skinny. Ears can also be medium length but large instead of long. This is an acceptable trait but not preferred standard. The ears can set high or flat and can be considered a fault of the breed. The ears should be able to overlap over the nose, and this feature of the breed is difficult to see without actually performing the act. The body should be lean and smooth from the ribs to the back. A medium size build for the frame is preferred. There should be very little loose skin except for the forearm to trap scents. The head should be smooth, and snot should be elongated to a slight degree. Its head length from occiput to muzzle should be greater than the width at the brow. Misalignment of a dog's teeth is considered a fault. The overall head can appear domed or slightly oval. The coat should be smooth or wavy. An MBH can have a rough coat. However, this is not within the breed’s standard. A rough coat is only a disqualifying factor for conformation shows. The tail should never be docked and should have a white tip to its end. No white tip is a disqualifying flaw. Any faults only disqualify said dog from a conformation show and not any field sports. The MBH is not a registered breed with any of the major kennel clubs and there are no plans for the breed to be. Right now the breed is recognized by the MBHC which handles show conformations and field shows.
They are excellent watchdogs, as they will usually bark at strangers or intruders, but rarely do anything beyond that. Many owners of the MBH are hunters a report that the breed is an excellent hunting dog, and sometimes used for hunting rabbits. In Europe, they have been known to be used to track badgers. Miniature Basset Hounds are 8 to 14 inches at the shoulder and weigh under 35 lbs. Under the breed standards. Over 35 pounds. Overweight Is not a fault and up to 10 pounds. Over the breed standard is acceptable. They do come in some of the same colors of Basset Hound breed. This breed is very loyal and clings to their owners. They are excellent with children of all ages as reported by several owners with newborns to teenagers. They are independent, stubborn and love to follow their nose. A home with a fenced yard or farm with a wireless fence is preferred, but they can live in smaller settings such as a condo/apartment without any problems.
Miniatures do not require an excessive amount of exercise but should be taken for a couple of walks on a leash each day, or a right amount of playtime outside can also satisfy their energy output. It is best to let them sleep inside at night (despite the snoring). They do shed a great deal and do require proper grooming. To decrease shedding it is recommend giving the dog (1) fish oil every week. Although, like most dogs, they will enjoy the attention that good grooming provides. Mini bassets love affection and love to be held. Most will climb right into your lap. This breed was created to be a lap dog. They love human interaction. The MBH, as well as the other Basset breeds, make loving pets. They are exceedingly friendly and loyal, excellent with children, and probably the calmest and relaxed dog you are ever want to meet. The MBH has much energy because unlike the Basset Hound breed the MBH weighs less which means there is not much stress on their bodies. The MBH is prone to joint problems, so we do recommend keeping their activity level down until their bones have fully developed around 12-18 months old. A new owner should not let them run up/down stairs or jump on furniture.