The Basset Retriever, a breed of medium-sized dog, is the offspring produced as a result of a cross breeding between a Basset Hound and a Golden Retriever. It has a long and sturdy structure with a large muzzle, dark round-shaped eyes, short legs, and long, floppy ears. Like its parent breeds, it has a great sense of smell making it useful for tracking and hunting. It can also do well in competitive obedience and agility since it is a natural athlete with plenty of vigor.
|Other names||Basset Vertier, Basset Hound-Golden Retriever Mix|
|Coat||Smooth, soft, shiny, straight; dense enough to withstand all kinds of weather|
|Color||Light brown/golden, dark brown/chocolate, brown and white, black|
|Group of Breed||Hounding, Sporting|
|Weight||40-70 lbs (18-32 kg)|
|Size and Height||Medium; Male: 13-20 inches
Female: 10-12 inches
|Size of Litter||4-5 puppies|
|Temperament||Calm, gentle, affectionate, energetic|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||France|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DRA, DDKC, DBR, ACHC, IDCR|
Sweetness, calmness, and friendliness are the distinguished traits of this breed. The mild-natured Basset Retrievers are never inclined to irritability or marked by anger. Instead, they are always eager to help and please their owners. They enjoy the company of children and adults and live in harmony with other household pets. Though these dogs are quiet and peaceful indoors, they are alert enough to warn and protect their masters from impending dangers.
They are the happiest when interacting or playing with their owners. Do not leave them alone persistently for long periods, as it could make them stubborn and develop unwanted behavior. In such cases, keeping a fellow pet dog for company might help.
It is important for your pet to learn to communicate with unfamiliar dogs as well as with unfamiliar people. Early socialization will teach your Basset Retriever social skills. Make sure that you adopt a patient and consistent training method while house training your dog. Obedience training is also necessary to help it learn to respond to commands like sit, stay, come, down, heel, etc.
Given a chance, it is likely that your pet will overeat. Therefore, it is advisable to measure its food depending on its age, size, and activity level. A regular amount of 1.5-3 cups of dog food split into two meals is sufficient.