Basset Hound Dog Breed Information


Basset Hound Quick Facts
Basset Hound
Breed Group: Hound
Origen: France
Nickname: Basset
Weight: 40-60 lbs
Height: 14 inches
Color(s): Any recognized hound color


Basset Hound Appearance

The Basset Hound is a compact dog, with long ears and lugubrious expression. The Basset Hound has a heavy body and short legs. The skin hangs loose like elastic and falls in folds on the head. He has a pendulous lips and brown eyes that are slightly sunken with a prominent haw. The chest is very deep extending in front of the front legs. The ears are extremely long, low set, and when drawn forward, fold well over the end of the nose. The tail is slightly curved and carried relaxed. The breed is known for its strong hunting instinct and, if given the opportunity, will chase or follow a scent willingly. He tends to move smooth and powerful with his nose to the ground.

The Basset Hound has a smooth, short-haired coat. Any recognized hound colors are accepted. Bassets are generally tricolor (black, tan, and white), open red and white (red spots on white fur), closed red and white (a solid red color with white feet and tails), Honey And White (honey colored back, light brown spotty nose and legs, light brown tails with white tip) and lemon and white. The weight of the Basset Hound is around 40-60 pounds and the height is around 14 inches.

Basset Hound Temperament

The Basset Hound is among the most good natured and easygoing of breeds. He is sweet, gentle, devoted, peaceful and naturally well-behaved. They are very entertaining, fun and known as the clown of the canine world. They love to be part of the family and are excellent pets for children. They are also good with other dogs, cats and household animals. The Basset Hound is famous for being stubborn and strong-willed. Early socialization and obedience training is important. The Basset Hound is the hardest to train of all dog breeds. He learns new commands slower than all other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.

Is Basset Hound the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Basset Hound needs moderate daily exercise. While Bassets can be lazy and love to sleep for hours, they also love to go for long, slow walks. A Basset needs to be kept on a leash or safe in a fenced-in area all the time. He will often follow a scent that interests him, which can sometimes lead him into dangerous situations. The Basset hound will do okay in an apartment without a yard, but should be given plenty of opportunities to run and play to keep him healthy.

Basset Hound Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Basset Hound is around 8-12 years.

Basset Hound Health problems

The Basset Hound is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associate with this breed is CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), bloat (gastric torsion), thrombopathy, elbow dysplasia, entropion, ectropion, glaucoma and otitis external. They could also be prone to intervertebral disc disease and patellar luxation. Overfeed these dogs can easily cause them to gain weight and could place great a load on the legs and spine. As with all breeds the Basset Hound will need regular vaccinations, worming, flea and tick treatment to keep him healthy.

Basset Hound Care and Grooming

The Basset Hound doesn’t require too much grooming and his coat is easily maintained. You can simply brush his coat once or twice a week to keep it in good condition and remove dead hair. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. Clean and check their ears regularly to prevent infections. To avoid gastric Torsion it is better to feed two or three small meals a day rather than one large meal.

Basset Hound Shedding

The Basset Hound is a constant shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.