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Basset Hound Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Basset Hound is a short-legged, strong boned dog bred to track and hunt. The head is of medium width with the length being longer than the width. The skin on the head is loose and floppy. The muzzle is deep, strong and not at all sniped. Eyes are sunken, with a prominent haw. Eye color ranges from light to dark brown. Ears are very long and set low with slightly inward curled ends. The teeth are even and strong, and there is a very prominent dewlap around the mouth. The body is markedly long and straight, the tail long and carried high. The coat texture is short-haired and smooth and can vary in color. Shades of white, black and brown are common for the Basset Hound. The dog is heavier in bone than any other breed of its size.

Basset Hound Fast Facts

9 - 12 years
16th century
45 - 60 lb
40 - 55 lb
13 - 15"
Bassett Hound, Baset Hound, Bassit Hound or Basut Hound.


The Basset Hound is a gentle and devoted dog that is ideal for households with children....

They are brave yet mild in temperament, friendly and obedient when trained properly. These dogs can be sensitive and require gentle but firm handling. They enjoy working for positive reinforcement. The dog is deliberate and inquisitive in its play, and enjoys exploring large areas at its own pace. Because they have a penchant for following scent, they should be kept either in a fenced yard or on a leash when being walked.

Caring For a Basset Hound

Because the Basset Hound coat is smooth, short and weatherproof, very little grooming is required....

Use a brush with firm bristles and only wash the dog when it is dirty. Bassets do shed quite a bit, and a quick regular brushing can help alleviate the level of shedding. Because the ears are large and sensitive, it's very important to keep them clean. The nails will need regular trimming also. Basset Hounds need regular exercise but nothing too strenuous. A nice daily stroll is plenty to keep your Basset happy and healthy. Recurring health problems in this breed include hip and elbow dysplasia, glaucoma, von Willebrands disease, gastric torsion, entropion, ectropion, osteochondritis dissecans and thrombopathy. Patellar luxation can also occur in this breed.

Basset Hound History

Breed History

The recorded history of the Basset Hound dates all the way back to a 16th century French text about badger hunting....

The Basset Hound was developed by the friars of the French Abbey of St. Hubert, who wanted to breed a dog that was similar to the Bloodhound but smaller and slower moving, allowing humans to follow it on foot. The term "Basset" is derivative from the French bas, meaning "low" or "dwarf." At the beginning of the 18th century, these dogs were extremely popular in France. Legend has it that Lafayette gave a pair of Basset Hounds to George Washington, making him the first man to introduce the breed to North America. The Basset Hound was recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1882, and the English Basset Hound Club was formed in 1884. The American Kennel Club followed suit in 1885, accepting the Basset Hound as a breed. The Basset Hound Club of America was founded in 1935, and breed standard was created in 1964. In the US today, these dogs are primarily used for rabbit hunting, but will hunt and track just about anything. The breeds ubiquitous appearances in books, magazines, movies and even as the mascot for Hush Puppies footwear is a tribute to their continued popularity and admiration.