Basset Hound Research Paper

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Basset Hounds have short legs and heavy bones. They have loose skin with a hard, dense coat that comes in several combinations of colors such as white, tan, and black (Gerstenfeld and Schultz 204). The breed is around fourteen inches in height and should weigh anywhere from forty to sixty pounds (Colie 32). Basset Hounds have thick, hanging lips and soft, sad eyes along with ears that hang low to the ground. On its head, there is loosely wrinkled skin and a domed skull that is most clearly seen at the back of the head. The Hounds have a straight spine and a slightly curved tail. Also, large, round feet and short legs with wrinkled skin (Colie and Earle-Bridges 68-69). Historically, the Basset Hound is a stubborn hunting breed with various health …show more content…
However, the Basset Artesien Normand Hound most closely resembles the modern breed. The Hound was brought to England and America in the late 1800s. Following the French Revolution, ordinary people began to hunt and needed an easily followed scenting hound that would not scare the animals out of gun range. Bassets were bred to hunt rabbits and hare. By the mid-1900s, Bassets had become a typical home pet (Colie 32). The Basset Hound is also thought to be descendent of St. Hubert hounds. St. Hubert bred and developed a new breed of hound, which looks similar to today's Bloodhound. The Basset was a result of a mutation in this strand of Bloodhound. The genetic mutation of Bloodhound strain produced a short-legged, dwarfed hound ideal for on foot hunters in search of small prey (“Origin of the Basset Hound”). Human laziness also explains why the Hounds were developed. Bassets were bred during the Middle Ages by monks for out of shape french noblemen. These men were so out of shape that they could only easily follow a slow hound with short legs and crooked knees. The dogs are also thought to be bred by St. Hubert to help people too poor to hunt on horseback …show more content…
Originally developed in France as a short hunting breed that was easy for people to follow on foot, the Hound is thought to be developed from the St. Hubert genetic disorder. The hound is a loving breed that is very well tempered with family, kids, and other animals. Although, this breed is very stubborn to train and requires a lot of patience. The Hound should be fed a steady amount of food twice a day and exercised regularly to avoid health problems. The Basset requires lots of care and grooming to keep a healthy coat and nails. The Basset has a life expectancy of eight to twelve years and has various health problems, most of which can be avoided through frequent trips to the vet and careful oversight of the

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