The Easy-Going Basset Hound

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Dog breed info

Basset Hound
Weight: 40 — 55 lbs
Height: 13” — 14”
AKC Rank 2008 #33
Lifespan: 8—12 yrs
Group Hound 3/8
Origin France

ABOVE - Rudy, a Basset
Puppy from Glendale, Ca
sent in by his master.
Thanks, Don.

Dog breed info -- The Basset Hound

Ummm - I don't wanna walk very far, okay?
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Breed Overview

Basset Information for fun or research: The name “Basset Hound” comes from the word "bas" which means “low thing” or “dwarf.”

In the late 1800’s and again in 1930, crosses with Bloodhounds were made to increase size; the results were then tempered with subsequent crosses to the Artesian Normand. The first Bassets were brought to England and America in the late 1800’s. The American Kennel Club registered the Basset Hound in 1885.


Has a stubborn streak. Hunting, yes. But standard obedience training, not really. The Basset Hound kind of does his own thing. Since he’s not aggressive and is slow moving (when not chasing prey) this dog is not much of a problem if left untrained. (I've never met a trained Basset!)

Nutty Basset Hound
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Crate Training

Want to crate train your Basset Hound? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

Basset Hound puppies can be difficult to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.

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Basset Hound's are among the most good natured and easy going of all the breeds. They are generally comfortable with other dogs, people and children. Basset Hounds are calm inside but require regular exercise to stay out of trouble and maintain their health.

The dog will track scents, which it is best known for, and take his time doing it. This is a talented and determined tracking dog, second only to the Bloodhound. Bassets are known for getting on scent trails and following them so far out that they become lost.

Friendly Toward Other Dogs

Gets along fairly well with other dogs. The Basset Hound is not aggressive so there is not much reaction in the field where other dogs are present.

Friendly Toward Other Pets

Seldom a problem with household pets.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Generally likes strangers.


Somewhat. Not the most playful, but does get along with kids and will fun and chase with them.


Basset Hounds are quiet, calm dogs that bond fairly well with their family. However, in spite of their affection for their humans, they must be watched because they are first and foremost hunters and if they see a squirrel or rabbit, they can lose track of everything and chase it to the end.

Good with children

Yes. The Bassets are quite tolerant and laid back so the antics of kids don't bother them too much.

Children must be cautioned NOT TO PUT STRAIN ON THE BASSET’S BACK. The spine is long and delicate, subject to damage from downward pressure.

Good with Seniors over 65?

Yes. All the Basset needs is some walking and quiet play time. He's affectionate enough and loves his family so a bond with a senior should work just fine and he's a good watch dog too.

Living environment

Home with a small, fenced yard, or a farm. The Basset will dig his way under a fence to chase a ground hog or whatever, so you have to keep them secured in some fashion.

Energy level

Low energy dog. On a scale of 10, the Basset is about a 4.

Exercise needs, daily


Needs only a walk a day or some play in the yard.


Pretty good. Will bark up a storm (some bay like crazy) and make a lot of noise.

Hey! Who says high chairs
aren't for us Bassets?

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Guard dog

Not really. However, they can make so much noise an intruder might want to leave.




Brush out the dead hair several times a week.

The face needs constant cleaning around the mouth and wrinkles. Bassets DROOL.


Suggested Reading - The Basset Hound

The book on the right is by the American National Red Cross and deals with dog illness, emergencies and injuries. It's a valuable;er reference manual for all dog owners.


Basset Hound Breeders

In the event you decide to go looking for Basset Hound puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they're doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training. It's not often that Bassets turn up in dog pounds and shelters but you might check anyway.
Basset Hound Breeders with puppies for sale.

Basset Hound Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of a Basset and are looking for a Basset Hound Rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Dog Rescue - (Nationwide) Double check for dog health issues in the past of any dog you adopt.
Adopt A Pet You may have some luck with this site. If not, surf the web and check your local dog pound and SPCA and look for Basset Hound Rescue groups.

Dog Health Issues For Basset Hounds
Below: Important Basset Hound information: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems as listed by various vets.

This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog illness / medical issues this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

Other health problems could occur with your dpg. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. The Basset Hound information on this website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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