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What are some differences between miniature basset hounds and standard basset hounds?

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The miniature basset hound was created in 2007 as a new breed of dog and is completely different than a standard basset hound. It is considered a basset breed, which means it has short legs, but it is not a shorter or smaller version of a standard basset hound.

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The miniature basset hound is a new breed called "Parva Os Lux Basset." This means it is a small, light-boned, short-legged dog. Miniature basset hounds are 100-percent purebred: they were not created as a mix of other dogs to be a "designer dog," but rather a new breed. Breeders utilized dogs with the genetic defect of dwarfism to create the miniature basset.

While the miniature basset hound is not a smaller version of the standard basset hound, it is named as such because it has similar features. The miniature basset hound is ideally 8 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and weights 10 to 35 pounds. There are many color combinations for mini bassets, including red and white, black and brown, and black and white.

Miniature bassets require leashed walks each day but do not need exorbitant amounts of exercise. They are bred as lap dogs and are very friendly; however, they do well as watchdogs since they bark to alert their owners of intruders.

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