My next door neighbour’s dog is one of the naughtiest dogs I have ever known! It chews anything, raids the outside bin at least once a day and humps everything it can get its paws on! But the only question on my mind is this: Is it just my neighbour’s dog being a bit daft or are all basset hounds silly! Well, it seems it might be the latter of those two things…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Basset Hounds
10 – “Ohh! Look at me, I’m scary. Seriously, Halloween sucks can we go home now?”
FACT: The humble Basset Hound originated in medieval France and was a popular hunting dog!
9 – “I swear it just attacked me! I was just looking for some loose crumbs in the toy box!”
FACT: Basset Hounds were bred to hunt in packs. Therefore, they are very social and affectionate. They are also calm, mild-mannered, and gentle.
8 – “Elementary, my dear Watson! …Oh! Your names Frank is it!? Oh well.”
FACT: Basset Hounds can be both sensitive and stubborn. They may get upset when scolded and at times may behave as though they don’t hear your commands.
7 – “OK, I know this looks bad but I can explain…It all started with a strange smell.”
FACT: After the French Revolution (1789), the Basset Hound was a favoured hunting dog because it was a slower moving hound that could more easily be followed on foot and was useful in tracking small game.
6 – “Why did you throw this innocent stick away? What has it ever done to you?”
FACT: Basset Hounds have great endurance and can follow a scent for hours. But, since they also love naps and don’t mind spending the day lounging around, they have a tendency to become overweight. Therefore, a Basset Hound needs regular exercise to keep its weight in check.
5 – “If Dumbo can do it so can I…believe!!!”
FACT: Because of the extremely long ears of Bassets they are prone to ear disease. If their ears are allowed to dangle on the ground or in food on a daily basis they are capable of developing chronic and potentially fatal ear diseases.
4 – “Why are you lot walking on the ceiling?!?”
FACT: Bassets might howl or bark when they want something or to suggest that they think something is wrong (like a storm is coming). They also use a low, murmuring whine to get attention, which sounds to many owners as though their Bassets are talking.
3 – Why did the Mexican throw his girlfriend off a cliff? TEQUILA!!!
FACT: Because of their droopy eyes, the area under the eyeball will collect dirt and become clogged with a mucus. It is best to wipe their eyes every day with a damp cloth. This helps to lessen the build-up and eye irritation.
2 –”Stay cool human, I attacked that newspaper that was going to kill us all!”
FACT: The Basset Hound is an old breed which is a direct descendant of the Bloodhound and has a nose that is almost as outstanding. Some sources suggest the Basset Hound may have originated from genetic dwarf dogs that were born in litters of different types of hunting hounds.
1 – “Stop laughing at me, I’m nesting.”
FACT: The first use of the word “Basset” in describing a breed of dog with short legs can be found in early French text written in the sixteenth century.