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A Basset Hound may look like this tiny, sad dog that is perennially depressed but its real nature is just the opposite of that. Basset Hounds are known to be very even-tempered and affectionate. They usually like being around people and bond very easily with kids and also with other pets. Despite that sad-looking face, it is a very friendly and happy-go-lucky breed.
The average life span of a healthy Basset Hound is about 12 years. As with most breeds of dogs, the Basset Hound too needs some special care and attention for a healthy and active life. Since you, as a pet parent, are responsible for your dog’s overall well-being, here are a few tips that will help you care for your Basset Hound better.
Keep in check
Basset Hounds were originally bred as hunting dogs and have a powerful sense of smell. They can catch any scent and start following it out of instinct. But leaving your dog to follow every scent it wants to may be risky as it might get lost and Basset Hounds are not very good at finding their way back home. So, keep your dog on a leash or let it play around in an enclosed area so that it cannot escape into the streets, for its safety.
Keep it away from pools
Due to its short legs, the Basset Hound is not a very good swimmer. So, don’t let your dog near a swimming pool or any other water body, unattended.
Engage in activity
Although Basset Hounds require lesser exercise than most other breeds of dogs, yet their chances of getting obese are quite high. To avoid this, engage your dog in moderate activity daily. You can take it for a walk and keep plenty of toys in the room to play with at other times. You can also let it use its sense of smell to keep it active by hiding some treats in the yard or in the room for your dog to sniff and find.
Maintain a healthy diet
Since a Basset Hound’s level of activity is low, it should be given a limited and well-balanced diet to avoid obesity. Do not give your dog too many treats or table scraps, as these extra treats may make it gain pounds gradually.
Visit the vet and the groomer
Basset Hounds are prone to certain breed-specific illnesses like glaucoma, disc problems, and elbow dysplasia. It is important to schedule regular appointments with the vet to ensure that your dog is healthy and take care of any illness at an early stage. Also, grooming is very important for this breed of dog. They have an oily coat which requires them to be bathed frequently. Also cleaning its ears, teeth and trimming its nails is important for overall health.