Social Media Icons

Follow Us:

Main Content

Stumbleupon Mixx it! Email icon

Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is a strong scenting-hunting breed that is friendly and active. They require a moderate amount of exercise.

Try out our new Dog Breed Chooser Tool to help you select a breed.
Physical Characteristics
  • Medium, heavy build
  • Long, velvety ears
  • Wide, long head
  • Large paws with thick, heavy pads
  • Coat: Loose skin covered with short, stiff, sleek hair; comes in tricolor and lemon/white
  • Height: 13-15 inches
  • Weight: 45-65 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Well-behaved, even-tempered, gentle, smart, affectionate, friendly
  • Interaction with people: Good with children
  • Training: Obedient with proper training
  • Bark: Can be highly vocal
Medical Conditions
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • OK for apartments
  • Needs daily exercise
  • Enjoys running and playing outside
  • Easy to groom
  • Frequent shedder
  • Clean ears every week
  • Trim toenails regularly
Other Facts
  • 'Basset' comes from the French word "bas" meaning "low thing" or "dwarf"
  • In "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Shakespeare described the hounds as having "ears that sweep away the morning dew"
  • Excellent sense of smell
  • Second most accurate sense of smell in trailing (bloodhound is first)
  • Popular companion pet in the U.S.
Breed History
  • Native to France
  • Descended from dwarfed bloodhounds - possibly from dwarfed Saint Hubert hounds
  • Historically used to steadily trail animals for hunters traveling on foot
  • Became a popular pet among the working-class after the French Revolution
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Basset Hound Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit North Texas Basset Hound Rescue, Inc.
Introducing Pet-Pods...

Veterinarian with small dog FREE downloadable PDF files providing a comprehensive review of some of the most timely pet health topics: Allergies, Fleas, Summer Safety Hazards, and Vomiting and Diarrhea.

Newsletter Signup

Get FREE Pet Insurance Quotes Now!

Search For A Vet