Hello again, today I am going to be talking about the differences between the Basset Hound and the Labrador.
The Basset Hound
Basset hound Temperament & Personality
The Basset hound originated in France. They were bred to hunt in packs. They have a very sweet temperament so they are very social and affectionate. They are also calm, mild-mannered, and gentle. Basset hounds are very social animals, and prefer the company of other pets and family members. They also might get lonely if they are left alone frequently for a long period of time. Bassets can be both sensitive and stubborn. They may get upset when they are given out to, but they can also ignore you and act like they haven’t done anything wrong.
Bassets have great endurance and can follow a scent for hours. But, since they also love naps and don’t mind spending the day lounging around, they have a tendency to become overweight. Therefore, a Basset Hound needs regular exercise to keep its weight in check.
The Basset Hound Coat
The Basset hound’s fur is smooth, short and thick with loose and elastic skin. The Basset Hound’s short coat is easy to care for and does not require the elaborate grooming needed by longer haired breeds. But, Basset’s do shed. Weekly brushing helps in limiting the amount of hair that ends up in your house. A Basset Hound’s coat is either bi-colored or tri-colored.
Here is an example of how sweet and innocent Basset hounds can be!
Basset hound Health and Care
A healthy Basset hound can live up to 10-14 years., with an average of 12 years.Routine grooming is necessary to keep your Basset Hound happy and healthy.
- The Basset Hound is one of the breeds that is more prone to becoming overweight and obese as it ages. Proper nutrition and regular exercise are necessary.
- The Basset Hound has short legs but, it is not a small dog.
Origin of Labrador
Many breeds are named after the place of their origin, but the Labrador is an exception to this rule. The breed originated in the 1700s a bit south of Labrador, on the island of Newfoundland. It was known as the St. John’s dog, named after the capital city of Newfoundland.
The Labrador is famous for its love of water, which is no wonder as it was a helper for fishermen, fetching nets and rope or retrieving fish escaped from the nets from the icy sea.
From Newfoundland, the breed spread to England, starting with the second Earl of Malmesbury who brought over some of the first St. John’s dogs around 1830. The third Earl of Malmesbury was the first person to call the dogs Labrador and the name stuck even when the breed regained popularity in North America.
Health and Care of Labradors
Generally, Labrador Retrievers are considered one of the healthiest dog breeds. When they are nourished properly and exercised on a regular basis, these dogs tend to live peacefully, uninhibited by disease for an average of 10-14 years. However, like every breed, the Labrador is susceptible to certain injuries and ailments.
Inherited disorder: Unlike infectious diseases and viruses which may be caught and passed from animal to animal, inherited disorders are unfortunate health problems that are passed down through generations. The diseases and physical strains which plague a Chow Chow might not affect an Italian Greyhound the same way.
Labrador Temperament & Personality
As a group, Labradors are universally deemed loyal, as they have been dedicated hunting companions, working as retrievers and gun dogs for centuries. These basic purposes of the breed’s development have greatly affected their traits as a whole. Retrievers stay close, and are observant and obedient. They want to please their master, and consistently prove to be attentive followers, no matter how severely the fierce terrain or weather may attempt to deter them. They are very cooperative, and highly intelligent dogs, able to understand countless commands, and learn numerous tricks. They rank as one of the top ten smartest dog breeds and have gained countless distinctions in agility, tracking, hunting, and retrieving, etc. They are family orientated and are very good pets.
So, which breed is better? I really can’t say as I have only ever had a Basset hound. I would love to have a Labrador someday.
Here is a video of a Basset and a Labrador playing together:
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