The Basset Hound is a charming breed known for its long ears, droopy eyes, and a keen sense of smell. Originating from France, they were originally bred to hunt small game like rabbits with their excellent noses. Their short legs allowed them to squeeze through undergrowth and thick foliage, and they ran slowly enough for hunters to easily keep up with them. After the 1863 Paris Dog Show, they were taken to America and became very fashionable pets. Basset Hounds have a short, dense coat that requires minimal grooming. They are gentle, affectionate, and have a laid-back personality. The comic strip character Fred Basset has ensured the breed's popularity remained high for many decades.
While they are intelligent, they can be very stubborn and difficult to train. They tend to please themselves in a very laid-back way. They require consistent and patient training which may take a long time to produce results. Basset Hounds are great loyal companions for families and individuals who enjoy their amiable and low-energy nature. Daily short walks are important to prevent obesity, which this breed is prone to due to their lethargic nature, especially as they grow older.
Their strong nose can lead them to relentlessly follow scents, so they should always be walked on a leash or within a secure area. Additionally, their droopy eye folds also require regular eye cleaning.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Basset Hound, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.