The Basset Hound is generally a very healthy and long lived breed but over recent years it has come under much media scrutiny and as a direct result of this it has been placed on the Kennel Club’s list of High Profile breeds ,of which there are fourteen. The media raised concerns over the shape of the Basset Hound’s eye and the amount of ‘haw’ that was showing and also the Basset Hound’s height from the ground and excessive loose skin. They believed that these exaggerations were detrimental to the health and welfare of the Basset Hound as we know it today.
In light of the Basset Hound being placed on the list of high profile breeds, the Basset Hound Health Group was set up in 2011 and has been pro active in maintaining the well being of the breed. Whilst they acknowledge that care needs to be taken to limit exaggerations in the areas mentioned, their aim is to correct them where corrections need to be made but keeping just enough for the Basset Hound to fulfill its function of being able to hunt and being protected whilst doing this in undergrowth.
The Basset Hound Health Group is run under the auspices of the 8 UK Basset Hound Clubs, the Basset Hound Club of Northern Ireland being one of the 8 Clubs, and the Group is happy to be a part of the Kennel Club’s ’Fit for Function campaign’.
To find out more information about the Basset Hound Health Group and the dedicated work they are doing to protect and maintain the health of the Basset Hound, please visit their website: www.bassetsrus.co.uk . The website link can be found in Bookmarks on our home page.