Rosie at our Vallejo Clinic

Campfire song to the tune of ‘Turkey In the Straw’
Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie ’em in a knot?
Can you tie ’em in a bow?
Can you throw ’em o’er your shoulder like a Continental Soldier?
Do your Ears . . Hang . . Low?

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Here from our Vallejo clinic is a perfect Basset Hound named Rosie with her human. Rosie is not only perfect looking, she has a perfect coat with irresistible ears and the sweetest personality imaginable. Those ears and those short legs are classic. Basset Hounds (French for Low Hound) are long and low scent hounds bred in France for the purpose of hunting rabbit or hare, although historically there are pictures of short legged hunting dogs from the Middle Kingdom of Egypt in 2,000 BC. The long ear flaps are to protect the ear from the brambles and burrs through which they scramble in pursuit of their prey. Additionally those long ears and the copious dewlap aid in detection and possibly the retention of the scent of prey. The exceedingly short legs are the intentional result of breeding which has favored the genetic condition of Osteochondrodysplasia or Achondroplasia which is reduced bone and cartilage growth. Bassets share this trait of Osteochondrodysplasia with Doxies. Short legs notwithstanding, the Basset Hound has a superb sense of smell which is second only to that of the Blood Hound. (Bassets have 40X the olfactory receptors compared to humans!) They make great, if not somewhat noisy, pets and are good with children.

– Geoffrey Antipa


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