Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is a dog breed from the scenthound family that was originally bred for hunting and tracking small game such as hare, rabbits, and foxes. This breed has an extremely good sense of smell, one of the best in the whole canine kingdom. These laid back, cool dogs are not the most active of breeds, but you should try and keep them active as their behavior makes them extremely susceptible to obesity. They are very adaptable and loving house pets that get along great with all family members, even the children.

They have been used for marketing purposes as well and are known around the world for their role as the leading dog in Hush Puppy commercials. They are not just for their acting but also for their hunting abilities. They have a keen sense of smell that helps them follow trail long after it has been left. What they lack in speed they definitely make up in tracking and perseverance. When these dogs are not hunting, they are extremely lovable and a bit lazy house pets. They are very friendly and calm. They were bred as pack dogs and hunters, so being around other dogs come naturally to them. They thrive on the company of both other dogs and humans.

Basset Hound


13-15 in (33-38 cm)

Basset Hound


50-65 lb (22-30 kg)

Basset Hound


Great Britain

Basset Hound

Life Expectancy:

12-13 years

Breed History

Basset Hound dogs were most popular with French aristocracy and after the French revolution, these were hunting dogs for commoners who didn’t have access to horses and who hunted on foot. By the middle of the 19th century, Basset Hounds were imported into England.

These dogs came to the US in colonial times but the breed as we know it today was started to develop in the 20th century. American Kennel Club officially recognized Basset Hounds in 1916.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI standard

The Basset Hound is a relatively “old” breed that has probably come to life in the 16th century. Their place of origin is Great Britain. This breed is fully accepted and registered by the FCI and it has a standard in place that describes them as being well-balanced and short-legged but with plenty of substance. This standard places this breed in Group 6 (Scent hounds and related breeds), Section 1.3 (Small-sized hounds). The Basset Hound is required to undergo a working trial. The required size according to this standard is 13 - 15 in (33 - 38 cm) for both sexes.

They have been registered by the FCI on the 28th of April 1955.

AKC standard

The American Kennel Club also registered and accepted this breed and allowed them to become a full member of the AKC family. This is a governing cynology association for the United States of America and their Basset Hound standard describes these dogs as quite heavy compared to their general size. They have a slow movement but are not clumsy. This standard describes a required size for this breed and it is only described as being a maximum of 15 in (38 cm) for both sexes.

This breed was registered by the AKC in 1885.


Basset Hound has smooth and short hair that is dense enough to keep the dog isolated from weather conditions. Their skin is elastic and loose and they have a droopy dog appearance.

These dogs shed year-round and weekly brushing will help to keep the amount of hair under control. Their coat is repelled and they rarely need baths – only if they roll into something smelly or dirty.

Wrinkles and ears

Basset hounds have wrinkles on their face and they need to be cleaned regularly to prevent infections. If your dog gets wet be sure to dry out wrinkles.

Their ears require a high amount of care. Their ears are long and floppy so they can get very dirty and can easily develop infections. At least once a week you will have to clean their ears to prevent ear infections.

They will also need other basic care; brush their teeth at least three times a week and trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.

Basset Hound coat colors.

  • Any recognized hound color and distribution of markings and colors are not important


Basset Hounds are not highly active dogs and they only require a few daily activities or walks to be happy and healthy. You shouldn’t ignore your dog and not provide him with daily activities because he could easily get overweight. A few daily walks will do the trick and keep Basset Hound in good shape.


When socializing a Basset Hound, you shouldn’t have too many problems because these dogs have been working with other dogs for years, and they generally get along great with them. They can be shy when it comes to strangers, but early socialization can teach them that strangers are nothing to be afraid of.

Socialization can even be done at home. Dress differently; wear glasses, hats, and baggy clothes so your puppy can’t recognize you right away. Teach your puppy to stay alone for a while and not make a fuss about it. It is the best way to make sure your puppy will grow up to be a stable, confident, and well-behaved dog.

Basset Hound and kids

Basset Hound are excellent family dogs that will get along with every family member including children. Children should never be left alone with any dog, no matter what breed it might be. You should make sure that your children understand how to approach dogs of this breed and understand how to interact and play with them properly.

Basset Hound and animals

These dogs are a hunting breed, but they learned to hunt in packs, which makes them quite tolerable of other dogs; they love having company. The Basset Hound was developed to hunt in coordination with other dogs and hunters. 

If you are thinking about getting one of these dogs, it might be useful to think about getting them some company. They will get along with just about any breed and with dogs of both sexes.

Health problems

The Basset Hound is generally considered a healthy breed, but they are prone to some health issues and concerns like any other dog breed. These dogs have an average lifespan of 12-13 years. 

When getting any breed, the breeder must show you health tests that they have done for their breeding dogs. Dogs must be adequately tested because taking a chance and hoping that the puppy’s parents are healthy is a risk no one should ever take. Only healthy dogs should be bred because that is the only way to assure that bloodlines will remain healthy and without any problems. Health problems associated with this breed are;

  • glaucoma
  • Hip dysplasia - Genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy - Group of diseases that affect the retina and cause it to deteriorate over time.
  • Ear infections - Especially for dogs that love water, you need to check their ears regularly for signs of infections or redness.
  • Von Willebrand's Disease - Problem with blood clotting, can affect humans and dogs.
  • Gastric Torsion - Also known as bloat. A dangerous condition that causes the stomach to twist (torsion).
  • Allergies - these dogs are prone to have allergic reactions to specific foods, products, or medications.
  • Patellar luxation
  • Panosteitis
  • Thrombopathia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Obesity - The Basset Hound is prone to gaining weight if they are not properly exercised.
  • Cherry eye

Basset Hound breeders

Before you start looking for Basset Hound breeders, make sure to make a thorough research and be sure that this is the breed for you. These dogs have to have a proper diet as they are prone to weight gaining. They are lovely dogs and we are sure you will make a great choice if you decide to go for them. Make sure you ask the breeder as many questions as possible about caring for this breed and all potential health problems. A breeder can be a great help during your dog’s life.

Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money, but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy. If you are unable to buy a dog, we advise you to search for local animal shelters because there is a chance you can find Basset Hound dog in it.

If you are unsure whether this is the breed for you, check out this FREE GUIDE that will help you decide which dog breed is right for you.


World Dog Finder team


Updated at17.06.2020.