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Bassett Hounds have sad faces and lovable personalities. They have long been recognized as the symbol most associated with Hush Puppy shoes. These good-natured dogs are good with children and make loyal family pets. They are sweet, peaceful, and affectionate dogs that rarely bite but may be a bit stubborn at times. Urban environments are good for these dogs since they have a moderate activity level. They can be very obedient when trained properly but sometimes they loose their focus if they pick up an interesting scent they want to follow. They are not very well suited to being watchdogs but they typically will do tricks for rewards of food. Housebreaking may be a little difficult at first but with positive reinforcement and patience it can be accomplished.

These stocky dogs have short but sturdy legs that are covered with loose folds of skin. Their weight is centered toward the front of their long barrel-shaped bodies. Male dogs are typically about 12 to 15 inches tall (30-38 cm) and they weigh about 50 to 65 pounds (23-29 kg). Females are typically about 11 to 14 inches tall and weigh about 45 to 60 pounds (20-27 kg). The average life expectancy for this breed is around 10 to 12 years.

Bassett Hounds have shorthaired coats that come in a variety of color combinations including white and tan, black and tan, and occasionally tan and lemon. Chestnut and other sandy colored shades also appear in this breed. Their ears are very long and velvety. Weekly brushings will keep these dogs looking well groomed. Special care should be given to the ears and feet to keep them clean and free from infections. Trim the toenails regularly as well. Only bathe or dry shampoo if it is necessary.

Moderate activity and exercise will keep these dogs healthy and happy. Jumping should be discouraged to avoid placing added stress on the short front legs. Bassett Hounds are prone to overeating and their food intake should be monitored to prevent bloat. It is advisable to feed these dogs two or three small meals per day instead of one large meal. Besides, obesity and ear infections, Bassett Hounds are also susceptible to skin infections like seborrhea. Skin and ear infections may also cause the dogs to smell bad at times.

Most Basset breeds were originally from France but the Bassett Hound was developed in Britain about 100 years ago or so. Bassett Hounds first acquired fame in 1863 when presented at a Paris Dog Show and it became so popular that breeders began to dispute whether the breed should remain a hunting dog or if it should be transformed into a show dog. American breeders tried to accomplish both by producing dogs that were suitable companions that had not given up their hunting abilities. This breed is still known and respected as a hunting dog because it has a unique ability to pick up a scent quickly and stick with tracking it.