Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds: fact or Myth?
Today we will focus on the Basset Hound. Basset hounds can be one of the most challenging breeds to own, but they can be one of the most rewarding family members that you can ever have. Not only are basset hounds loyal, hypoallergenic, small to medium in size, low in energy and friendly with every other pet you can find, but they are great with kids too. Basset hounds are charming, to say the least.
Unlike most breeds, basset hounds stand out like a sore thumb. You can tell them from a mile away and they have very unusual characteristics.
What does a basset hound look like?
Basset hounds have solid body mass and an extremely heavy weight in consideration to their body weight. They are low to the ground and have stumpy legs.
Basset hounds are one of the few true breeds that are recognized in France.
Benefits of a Basset Hound
Basset hounds are a great dog for hunting and they have an amazing sense of smell. They are considered hypoallergenic and they love to play. Which makes them a great pet for kids. They come in many different colors, including bicolor or tricolors, but these colors rarely occur.
Basset hounds are gentlemen and ladies of the dog world. They are extremely cordial and they are very friendly with people in general. They do not make very good guard dogs, unless they are charged with caring for children. They are easy to train and are extremely food driven animals.
Basset hounds can learn commands easily, but they do not respond well to strict punishment. Unless you are prepared for a lifetime of gently swaying a dog away from behaviors, a basset hound is not for you. If you punish a basset too harshly, they will withdraw, shut down and become permanently stubborn.
Caring for your Hypoallergenic Basset
Many dogs can be considered hypoallergenic, but it does take some work to keep them that way. They require regular washing and brushing to keep loose hairs from shedding. You must keep around their eyes wiped continuously, since they are prone to eye infections.
Since you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog, you will understand their great strife. Basset hounds can easily develop allergies to many things. These allergies affect their ears, eyes and skin most often. It is important that you keep these areas clean, or they can begin to develop a bad odor from the bacteria.
It is important to keep around their mouth’s wiped as well, as the folds of their skin can easily build up yeast, causing an infection in this area that spreads to their mouth. This area should be wiped several times per day with a dry towel to prevent yeast build up and to prevent them from developing an infection.
The Downside to the Basset
The basset hound is a very prey driven dog. It should not be housed in an area that contains chickens or other animals that can be considered small prey. They will chase squirrel and cats that they are not familiar with.