Basset Hound 101
Here at Kenne Björkwood we have one sole aim: to breed healthy, happy basset hounds that will go on to live in loving homes.
If You’re Thinking of Buying a Basset Hound
We’re happy to talk to you and show you our dogs. If you’ve never been owned by a basset hound before it’s a good idea to come and see what the reality is like. Although basset hounds are incredibly loving, easy-going dogs they do have some issues: for example, drool rules! Your nice walls and cupboards will get splashed with drool very frequently and if that’s a problem, that bassets probably aren’t for you.
Bassets also tend to have a rather unique aroma. Thankfully, we’re pretty immune to it now because we have so many but come the rainy season even we remember just how much bassets can smell. You’re going to need to invest in plenty of fragrant oils and candles to keep your home smelling sweet.
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Taking on a Puppy
If you’re lucky enough to welcome an 8-week old puppy to your home then you’re in for a fun but also slightly frustrating time. Because bassets are effectively a large-breed dog on short legs they require lots of gentle care during their first year. No walks, no jumping off the sofa, no running up and down stairs. You have to be very watchful to ensure they don’t over do it and hurt themselves unintentionally.
Ideally, you live in a house with a garden so your young basset can play. If you live in an apartment you’re going to have to be careful not to over-exercise your young woof.
Aside from ensuring your pup doesn’t over do it, you’re going to have to toilet train it. And that’s not always easy. We’ve seen one or two “naturals” who grasp the concept very quickyl. But bassets often take a long time to get the hang of toilet training. Such characters will test your patient and it’s important that you are always calm and positive handling a basset.
Young bassets are also heavy chewers. We’ve seen table legs, walls, cupboards and jumpers all suffer at the hands of pups.
Living with a Basset
If there is one thing we have learned being owned by bassets is that you can never be in a rush. Forget about that quick ten minute walk round the block before you have to get to an important meeting. That’s the walk your favourite pupster will decide to refuse to move. Or sleep on the pavement. Or sniff instead of pee when ordinarily he can’t wait to do his business. Bassets have a knack of working to their own agenda. When you’re relaxed and have plenty of time, this isn’t a problem. It can even be quite endearing. But when you have something else to do than hang with your hound he’ll infuriate you.
We find that adult bassets work best with a regular routine. At Kennel Björkwood the woofs get a walk first thing in the morning and a long walk in the forest in the late afternoon. In between they’re pretty happy chewing on a bone or playing with a Kong. Sleeping is a favourite pastime too. Any variation from this routine and they tend to get mischievous. Thankfully, working from home as a communications consultant, I don’t have to vary things too much but from time to time I have meetings in town or with clients and that’s when I really have to plan things carefully. You can never rush out with a basset.
Aside from not over exercising a pup or young basset, you have to be prepared to deal with a number of health issues if you take on a basset.
Ears need to be cleaned once a week, preferably with a good non-alcohol cleaning solution. Eyes must be kept clean daily. Although bassets don’t have shaggy coats they do drop hair very frequently so you’re going to get to know your vacuum cleaner very well.
A basset should never be exercised after it’s just eaten. All deep-chested dogs like bassets, Labradors, Alsatians (Schaffer) have a tendency to bloat so you it’s important they don’t exercise on a full stomach.
We recommend that you rest your dog for 2 hours after meals.
Bassets can also have problems with their skin. It’s important to towel dry a basset after a walk in the snow or rain. Never let moisture linger on a basset’s coat: it will just smell and serve as a breeding ground for bacteria.
Why You Should Consider a Basset
If you’re new to bassets, in spite of all the hard work and care they require, they are the most wonderful of breeds. I personally can’t think of as loving a breed of dog. Bassets are wonderfully social and tend to get on with other dogs, cats, children, friends and family. Yes, they bark and sometimes howl. Usually at the most inconvenient moment. But they’re loyal and friendly and will make you smile.
If you’d like to know more about basset hounds, you’re very welcome to get in touch for a chat and possibly come and see our woofs.