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Basset Hound

The Basset Hound originated from Belgium when the area was occupied by the French. The breed was developed by the Friars at the Abbey of St. Hubert in the sixteenth century. The goal was to develop a dog that would be able to hunt small game in dense bushes. The breed would also need to keep to a walking pace that could be maintained by humans, who would follow the dog on foot while hunting.

The Basset Hound is a direct descendant of the St. Hubert?s Hound, which is now extinct. The St. Hubert?s Hound was also a close relative of the Bloodhound, which is why Bloodhounds and Basset Hounds have a number of characteristics in common. In 1866, the Basset Hound made its way from France to England, where they were used to found the hunting pack developed by Lord Onslow.
Genetic Diseases that can be tested for:

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Thrombopathia

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Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy / Krabbe’s Disease

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Please be aware that other genetic diseases or developmental abnormalities may still be present. A genetic test does not replace the need for ongoing clinical assessment by a veterinarian. Disease penetrance and clinical assessment of affected animals can only be performed by a qualified veterinarian.

Disease Statistics provided by breed club health committies and member bodies