Dog show enthusiasts have made such competitions both a serious and a highly enjoyable event. But what does it take to show basset hounds? Many details go into preparing for such a show but three main points of such a showing are the age and breeding of the basset hound, overall maintenance, and just the general benefits to showing. In this article we will take a look at these main points.
Age and breeding are essential parts of showing a basset hound. The dog must be old enough to compete and must be of the proper breeding. A dog must be at least six months old to show in a conformation show and to gain championship points. There are other types of showing and each has their own requirements that will be posted by the club holding the event. In addition to this, breeding quality dogs are purchased from special breeders who raise dogs specifically for these shows. These dogs are not meant to end up in someone's home but rather were born to compete. The dog's lineage has been checked for hereditary diseases and meets all the basic essential standards of the breed. Once this pedigree is established, it then has to be maintained.
Basset hounds have to be in good condition to compete. This means that all aspects of the dog's health and appearance must be well maintained. Of course, they have to be in good shape as a result of regular exercise and consuming nutritious fare. Also, their nails need to be neatly trimmed and teeth brushed regularly as well. The basset hound's ears especially need to be cleaned often. By maintaining all these odds and ends you can assure that your basset hound will be that much closer to being ready for competition. The next question is why you go to so much trouble.
Showing your basset hound can be a highly enjoyable experience. It's a chance to socialize and show off all your hard work. There is always the thrill of competition, but that's not all. By meeting with other dog owners, you get a chance to discuss your pets and share this common interest. You may find a whole new circle of friends based on your shared love of dogs. Another fun fact is that sometimes they give out interesting prizes at competitions. It's always fun to have something to take home as a souvenir of your experience. Showing basset hound is an involved endeavor. Dog shows are fun and competitive. A lot of preparation goes into showing basset hounds. Some key details include the age and breeding of the dog, the condition of the dog, and just the joy of competing. A lot may go into these shows but, for the serious dog lover, you get even more out of them.