Basset Hound Hardcover – 20 Jul 2000
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Known for his long, pendulous ears, his short, powerful legs and his sweet and somehow sad expression, the Basset Hound has wormed his way into the hearts of dog lovers around the world. This is a noble and determined scent hound, capable of hunting for hours on end, who thrives on being involved daily in his owners' life. The Basset Hound is regarded as an ideal family dog, adaptable and affectionate, protective and trainable. For an owner seeking an easygoing, steady companion and watchdog who requires quite little of his owner, the Basset Hound will not disappoint. This book provides the much-needed factual information about the Basset Hound and his ancestry, character and standard, as well as proper selection, feeding, training, preventative health care and showing. The new owner will welcome advice about puppy-proofing the home, preparing for the pup's arrival and preventing puppy problems. In addition to an extremely authoritative text, this book presents over 135 photographs in full colour, which prove to be as informative as they are attractive. Helpful hints and important information are highlighted to provide easy access to everything the reader needs to know about life with a Basset Hound. Whether it's basic training problems, allergies or fleas, this book is the way to prevention, providing the reader with the necessary guidance an owner needs from puppyhood through the senior years. Recommended by top breeders and trainers, this book is the responsible first choice of every new owner of a Basset Hound. Topics discussed include: history of the Basset Hound, characteristics of the Basset Hound, the Basset Hound breed standard, your Basset Hound puppy, everyday care of your Basset Hound, housebreaking and training your Basset Hound, health care of your Basset Hound, your senior Basset Hound and showing your Basset Hound.
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The origin of the Basset, like most other hound breeds, cannot be positively traced; it certainly appears buried in antiquity. Figures found on the monument of Thothmus III, who reigned in Egypt more than 4000 years ago, are of dogs of long, low stature, the same proportions we see in the Basset Hound of today. Similar figures were also found in early Assyrian dog sculptures. Dogs of similar Basset type but differing coat textures, one smooth, the other rough, were sent from Assyria to the Rhone district of western France between 125 and 200 AD. Writers describing these dogs told of their use as tracking and trailing traditional Basset game, the rabbit and the hare. Onomasticon, a Greek dictionary in ten volumes, written by Iulius Pollux in the second century AD, mentions the dog being used by man for hunting purposes about 1300 BC. The ancient Greek author Xenophon made references in his writing of about 450 BC to small hounds used to hunt the hare on foot.
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