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Quiz about Basset Hound Blues
Quiz about Basset Hound Blues

Basset Hound Blues Trivia Quiz


The basset hound is one of the most recognizable breeds. Many of the myths and legends about this dedicated hunter are untrue. The sadness caused can clearly be seen in his face. Can you help restore this noble breed's reputation?

A multiple-choice quiz by toughynutter. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
toughynutter
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
252,582
Updated
Sep 20 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Difficult
Avg Score
4 / 10
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1654
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Question 1 of 10
1. The basset hound's name is derived from a French word meaning what? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which breed was not likely to have been used as foundation stock for the development of the basset hound? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which is not a typical color for the basset hound? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. What would NOT disqualify a basset hound from an American show ring? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. What is the typical temperament of a basset hound? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. All basset hounds are afflicted with a genetic condition known as hypochondroplasia. Which one of the following breeds does NOT have this condition? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which of the following legends about basset hounds is true? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which of the following statements is true? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Basset hounds have a prominent haw. What is a haw? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Basset hounds are scent hounds, tracking, and flushing game by scent. What animal is NOT typical game for the basset hound? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The basset hound's name is derived from a French word meaning what?

Answer: Low

A quick glance at a basset hound will tell you the reason for the name. In French, bas means low and was applied to all short-legged dogs, not just the one we now know by this name.
2. Which breed was not likely to have been used as foundation stock for the development of the basset hound?

Answer: basset fauve Bretagne

The basset bleu de Gascogne was interbred with the basset ArtÚsien Normand prior to its importation into England to form the foundation stock of the basset hound. At least one cross breeding with a bloodhound occurred to rejuvenate and increase the size of the breed. The basset fauve Bretagne is another of the French basset breeds. It is noted for a wiry coat.

A more detailed history of the basset hound can be found in Eva S. Balogh's article "The Early History of the Basset Hound in England, 1874-1921".

http://www.basset.net/balogh2.html
3. Which is not a typical color for the basset hound?

Answer: orange

AKC {American Kennel Club} and FCI's {Federation Cynologique Intenationale) breed standards call any hound color acceptable. Hound colors are, white, black, tan/red/liver/mahogany and the dilute colors lemon, and grey/blue.
4. What would NOT disqualify a basset hound from an American show ring?

Answer: It has no flag. ( no white tip on end of tail)

While a white tipped tail does make spotting a hound in heavy cover easier, the AKC's breed standard states "the distribution of color and markings is of no importance."
5. What is the typical temperament of a basset hound?

Answer: placid, never sharp or timid

Basset hounds are routinely called the clowns of the dog world. They are bred to be independent thinkers, so they are not eager to please. An intruder would not be hurt unless he tripped over a basset hound. Being bred as pack animals, basset hounds are mild and even-tempered. They get along well with all manner of dogs, animals and humans.

The descriptions of the ideal temperament of various breeds can be found in AKC's breed standard. The poodle is very active, intelligent,and with an air of distinction and dignity. The Labrador retriever is kindly, outgoing, and eager to please. The Australian cattle dog is loyal and protective.
6. All basset hounds are afflicted with a genetic condition known as hypochondroplasia. Which one of the following breeds does NOT have this condition?

Answer: bloodhound

Hypochondroplasia means faulty development of cartilage. Afflicted breeds are predisposed to suffer from back related injuries, because, their disks are more likely to herniated. In humans hypochondroplasia manifests itself physically as dwarfism but to a lesser extent than achondroplasia. The degree of disproportionate limb shortening is highly variable in hypochondroplasic dogs. It is why some breeds appear to be dwarfs like the dachshund and basset hound, while, others like the beagle don't.

The source for most of the information contain in the question is from
"Canine Intervertebral Disk Disease" prepared for The Dachshund Club of America, Inc. by Patricia J. Luttgen, DVM, MS Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Specialty of Neurology and is an excellent reference for this disease regardless of breed.

http://www.dachshund-dca.org/discbook.html

http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/saortho/chapter_57/57mast.htm
7. Which of the following legends about basset hounds is true?

Answer: Elvis Presley sang "Hound Dog" to a real basset hound on the Steve Allen show.

Shakespeare and Lafayette were deceased long before the basset hound breed existed. The dogs describe in each account were one of the other low set hunting breeds in France and England at the time. They were not basset hounds. The breed did not exist until it was recognised by the Kennel Club in 1882.

The description of the hounds Lafayette gave to George Washington is "bench-legged beagle"
8. Which of the following statements is true?

Answer: Basset hounds will follow a scent for miles.

Basset hounds are notoriously heavy shedders requiring frequent brushing. Basset hound puppies are highly active, much to the dismay of many new owners who thought they were getting a couch potato, only to find the house turned into a racetrack for the "Basset 500". They are said to have two speeds, comatose, and supersonic.
9. Basset hounds have a prominent haw. What is a haw?

Answer: third eye lid, nictating membrane

The haw is prominent in the basset hound because the skin around their eyes sags. It is what makes the eyes look bloodshot. It just adds to their naturally sad expression. Also prominent is the bump on the back of the head. It is called an occipital protuberance and is often referred to as a smart bump by owners.

A small toe higher up on the leg is a dewclaw and the extra skin about the neck is called a dewlap.
10. Basset hounds are scent hounds, tracking, and flushing game by scent. What animal is NOT typical game for the basset hound?

Answer: bear

The basset hound was bred to track rabbit/hare deliberately, so the rabbit does not hole up, giving the hunter a chance to make a shot. The first pack established in the USA hunted badger also. The basset hound is not aggressive or fast enough to tangle with a bear.
Source: Author toughynutter

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