The Basset Hound is a low maintenance, and easily cared for dog. Here are some general grooming tips for proper care of your Basset Hound Puppy.
The long droopy ears of the Basset Hound inhibit air circulation within the ear, and thus create a moist environment that is prone to infection. Ears should be cleaned weekly to prevent infection from developing.
Cotton balls, paper towels, kleenex or baby wipes can be used to clean away the dirt. Only clean as far into the ear as you can see. Wipe away all of the grime to leave the ear nice and pink. Cleaning solution from your vet or local pet store may be squirted into the ear before cleaning.
The droopy eyes of the Basset can catch dust, especially when playing outside in dusty or windy areas. Clean gently with a damp cloth.
Toenails should be trimmed monthly. Start with your Basset Hound puppy at a young age with patience and gentleness to teach your puppy that this is a necessary part of grooming. There are many types of Nail clippers available. Ask your veterinarian or breeder to show you how to properly clip your puppies toenails.
Teeth should be brushed and checked for tartar on a regular basis. Heavy tartar build-up should be removed by a veterinarian. We provide our dogs raw bones from the butcher, the dogs love to chew on them, and the teeth become beautifully clean and white again!
A Basset should be bathed bi-weekly, or as needed to keep him clean. Do not bath your dog too frequently, as bathing dries out the skins natural oils. Always use a canine shampoo. Human shampoo is not pH balanced for use on a dog.