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What are miniature basset hounds?

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Miniature basset hounds are the same as standard basset hounds but smaller. Standard basset hounds average 13 to 15 inches tall and weigh 50 to 65 pounds. Miniatures are shorter and weigh around 35 pounds. Neither the American Kennel Club nor the United Kennel Club recognizes miniature basset hounds as a separate breed.

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Basset hounds, originally from France, have been around since the 1500s. With short legs and long bodies, the hounds are considered ideal for hunting. Their slow movement is more beneficial to hunters on foot than those on horses. The basset hound’s long ears drag on the ground, stirring up the scent of prey. They also have a keen sense of smell. Historically, hunters used packs of these dogs to drive rabbits and other prey into open areas where the animals could be caught with nets or clubs. As of 2014, this type of pack hunting is still popular in France and England. Basset hounds are intelligent, gentle, sociable and easy-going, but they can also be stubborn and demanding. They are good with children, friendly to animals and loyal to their owners. While their calm demeanor makes them attractive house pets, basset hounds can become inactive and may gain weight. Daily walks can help prevent weight gain.

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