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Basset Hound

History


The first mention of a “basset” dog appeared in La Venerie an illustrated hunting text written by Jacques du Fouilloux.It is believed that the Basset type originated as a mutation in the litters of Norman Staghounds, a descendant of the St Hubert’s Hound

French basset hounds were being imported into England at least as early as the 1870s. While some of these dogs were certainly Basset Artésien Normand, by the 1880s linebreeding had thrown back to a different heavier type. Everett Millais, who is considered to be the father of the modern Basset Hound, bred one such dog, Nicholas, to a Bloodhound bitch named Inoculation through artificial insemination in order to create a heavier basset in England in the 1890s.

The first breed standard for what is now known as the Basset Hound was made in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century and then the standard was updated in 2010.

A Few Facts

About Bassets


  • One of the best know dogs in the Hound group
  • They are often lazy and trip over their long ears
  • They use their wrinkles to trap scents to track longer
  • Daily exercise for health to ensure they don’t get overweight
  • Despite being short the Basset Hound is still considered a larger breed.
  • In the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, a Basset Hound called Flash served as a companion to Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.

Breed Features


The earliest known depictions of short-legged hunting dogs are engravings from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt. Mummified remains of short-legged dogs from that period have been uncovered in the Dog Catacombs of Saqqara, Egypt. Scent Hounds were used for hunting in both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. The modern Basset Hound was bred to hunt rabbits and hare in France, a country known for its development of many breeds of scent hound. Hunting with a pack of bassets is still not uncommon in France and the UK, although it seldom occurs in the United States.Basset-type hounds became popular during the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. The breed has two bloodlines, American & European. The word “Basset” means low to groundThis breed, like its ancestor the Bloodhound, has a hanging skin structure, which causes the face to occasionally look sad; this, for many people, adds to the breed’s charm. The dewlap, seen as the loose, elastic skin around the neck, and the trailing ears which along with the Bloodhound are the longest of any breed, help trap the scent of what they are tracking. Its neck is wider than its head. This, combined with the loose skin around its face and neck means that flat collars can easily be pulled off. The looseness of the skin results in the Basset’s characteristic facial wrinkles. The Basset’s skull is characterized by its large dolichocephalic nose, which is second only to the Bloodhound in scenting ability and number of olfactory receptor cells. The Basset’s short legs are due to a form of dwarfism. Their short stature can be deceiving; Bassets are long and can reach things on table tops that other dogs of similar height can not. Because Bassets are so heavy and have such short legs, they are not able to hold themselves above water for very long when swimming.

The Basset Hound is very stubborn which means it will take them longer than other breeds to master training such as housebreaking and obedience. Even a well trained Basset Hound will choose just not to listen. This breed is not very active so keep that in mind as they do need daily exercise such as walking or playing in an enclosed play area. This breed does not do well off leash.

The Basset Hound is very low maintenance. They just need weekly brushing and a proper diet to have a healthy coat. Bathing once a month is recommended using a natural shampoo.

It is best to avoid products with grains, chicken, peas, and legumes as they may have a bad skin allergy to these products in food. The Basset Hound is known to be prone to skin issues and digestive system issues. If you can add some raw meat to their diet that will greatly help their overall health.

The Basset Hound is considered a large breed dog. This breeds breed standard for weight is 40-80 lbs but there can be Basset Hounds outside of this standard. The Basset Hound should also be below 14 inches at the shoulder according to the breed standard.

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  • Continiential Kennel Club
  • United Kennel Club
  • APRI

Price Packages

Our prices are separated into four packages. The standard package is what our kennel has always offered plus a couple of new perks. If you would like a puppy from our breeding program, you must get on our pre-order program to get your free puppy along with a lot of additional free items and perks. Our kennel no longer sells puppies post whelp anymore so this is the only way to get a puppy from our breeding program. Because we do not operate like your typical kennel feel free to visit our group page to chat with past clients to put your mind at ease, our program is not designed for everyone so please review all information on our site before making a decision.

Basic

Non-Training Package
$1,500 List Reservation

This is the program price to reserve a spot as a client on our MBH program client list. This package does not have an initial program fee.  This package includes the following:

  • Reserved Spot on the MBH program client list
  • 1 microchip implant
  • 1-year limited warranty on selected puppy

Standard

Training Package-Level 1
$2,500 $500 Deposit

This is the program price for reserving a spot as a client on our Basset Hound program client list. The required initial program fee for all of our packages is $500. The remaining balance is due after selecting a puppy. This package includes the following:

  • 1 Free puppy
  • 1 Free Microchip
  • 1 Free GPS tracking device
  • Free Genetic Health Test screening
  • Free Gift Package: (1 big toy, 2 medium toys, treats, 1 training book, and 1 breed book)
  • 5-year health warranty (accidental death, theft, eligible health coverage, and eligible $100 vet cost reimbursement annually)
  • Free 30 days of pet insurance
  • 3 weeks of training towards the goals listed on the EBU page
  • Puppies are typically released around 16 weeks old

Advanced

Training Package-Level 3
$7,500 $500 Deposit

This is the program price for reserving a spot as a client on our Basset Hound program client list. The required initial program fee for all of our packages is $500. The remaining balance is due after selecting a puppy. This package includes the following:

  • Everything in the Elite Package
  • 10-year health warranty (accidental death, theft and eligible health coverage with vet cost reimbursements annually up to $500 per year in eligible cost)
  • Includes Obedience training Goal. The puppy will begin to start mastering training goals of commands such as sit, stay. come here and others. The puppy will also have house and socialization training. Learn More
    • Due to training, the puppy will be at the kennel additional months. This package includes 12 weeks of training in the EBU training goals listed.
  • Puppies are typically ready between 5-6 months old

Premium

Specialty Training
$10,000 $500 Deposit

This is the program price for reserving a spot as a client on our Basset Hound program client list. The required initial program fee for all of our packages is $500. The remaining balance is due after selecting a puppy. This package includes the following:

  • Everything in the Advanced Package
  • Specialty training in the areas for showing, hunting or other services.
    • This will increase you not getting your puppy until it is 6-12 months old when training is finished
  • Puppies will have training mastered.
  • Puppy genetic preservation
  • Warranty now includes eligible vet cost reimbursements of up to $1000 per eligible year.

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