Basset hounds have proven adaptable to nearly any situation. They’re small enough to live in an apartment, yet large enough to qualify as big dogs. They enjoy moderate exercise yet are also content with being lazy. And they make for loyal, loving family members that generally interact well with young children and other pets alike. If your life tends to be unpredictable and you need to maintain a high degree of versatility, then a basset just may be the ideal canine companion for you.
Common Diseases and Disorders
- Intervertebral disk disease is a disorder that affects the spinal disks resulting in pain, difficulty walking and possibly paralysis.
- Gastric torsion (bloat) is a sudden life-threatening illness associated with the stomach filling with air and twisting.
- Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint that results in pain, lameness, and arthritis.
- The basset hound is also prone to obesity, ear infections, and bladder stones.
In addition, although these occur infrequently, the following disorders have also been reported:
- Glaucoma is a painful and serious condition that causes pressure within the eye to increase. It can lead to blindness if not treated early.
- Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to lose transparency and can result in blindness.
- Progressive retinal atrophy is a disease that causes nerve cells at the back of the eye to degenerate. The condition usually begins in older pets and can lead to blindness.
- Lymphoma is a type of cancer that can occur.
- Wobbler’s syndrome is a malformation of the spine in the neck leading to weakness, staggering and potential paralysis.
- Ventricular Septal Defect – a congenital defect of the ventricular septum of the heart.
- Interdigital Dermatitis (Pododermatitis) an inflammation of the paws involving the feet and nails.
- Malassezia Dermatitis – is a yeast infection of the skin caused by Malassezia pachydermatis.
- Primary Seborrhea causes scaly skin. Some dogs are born with a defect of the normal keratinization of the skin.
- Congenital Hypotrichosis – is a congenital disease causing symmetrical hair loss.
- Temporomandibular Luxation – is a luxation of the temporomandibular joint (jaw).
- Ununited Anconeal Process – is the failure of the anconeal process of the elbow to unite with the ulna, resulting in fracture. This condition can cause lameness and arthritis.
- Discospondylitis is an infection of one or more vertebral discs and their adjacent vertebrae.
- Entropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes inward rolling. Lashes on the edge of the eyelid irritate the surface of the eyeball and may lead to more serious problems.
- Ectropion is a problem with the eyelid that causes eversion of the eyelid margin. It most commonly affects the lower central eyelid.
The average lifespan of the basset hound is 10 to 12 years.
We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.