Basics of Dog Breed : Basset des Alpes

Posted on September 21 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Basset des Alpes

Breed Information:

Other names: Alpenländische Dachsbracke
Origin:  Austria
FCI Group: Common Dogs, Blood Dogs and Related Breeds
FCI number: 254
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Basset des Alpes is a very ancient breed , since the ancestors of this dog with a similar appearance were already used by hunters of antiquity. During the first half of the 1880s, he was Prince Rudolph of Habsburg's favorite hunting dog , so he routinely took them with him when he was beaten in Turkey and Egypt.

First called Basset of the Alps of the Erzgebirge, it was recognized by the Austrian cynological umbrella association as the third breed of red dog (search with the blood) in 1932. It is only 43 years later that the denomination current, that of the Basset des Alpes , will be adopted. This is the date on which the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognizes the race definitively. The FCI then reclassified it (in 1991) among the blood-finding dogs in group 6.

Physical characteristics

The Basset des Alpes is a robust hunting dog, of solid construction and low legged. It is also characterized by a firm musculature and a well-developed bone structure. His hair: very dense, well lying, covering the whole body. The coat is associated with a thick undercoat. Its color: dark fawn to red, with or without black labeling. Or black with red-brown marks on the head, chest, limbs, feet and inner side of the tail. His head:slightly curved skull and marked stop. The truffle is black and the muzzle strong. His ears :  

tied high, devoid of folds, broad, drooping, moderately long (reach the canines) and rounded ends. 
His eyes: dark brown. The eyelids are well black and well applied on the eyeball. 
His body: the ratio between the height at the withers and the length of the body is 2: 3. The trunk is solid, rather long and well muscled, the withers slightly out, the back straight, the kidney short and wide, the chest wide and well down, the belly slightly raised. 
Its tail: thick at its base, tied up, carried slightly low, of good length (reaches just the ground), topped with a longer hair on its inner face.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 15 kg and 18 kg Between 36 cm and 37 cm
Male Between 15 kg and 18 kg Between 37 cm and 38 cm

A Basset des Alpes breed dog is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Basset des Alpes is a dog awake , kind and giving a certain assurance. Courageous and tireless , he is a very good hunting dog in the alpine environment. He is also a nice family dog and can even be a good guardian .

Education ...
For this kind of rather independent and active dog, it is advisable to bring him an early education , made of a mixture of firmness and softness. Supported early enough, he learns quickly and well.


The Basset des Alpes is a robust and resistant dog. There is no particular susceptibility to disease in this breed , which also enjoys a fairly good life expectancy (between 12 and 15 years).

Maintenance & Hygiene


Although the Basset des Alpes has a double coat that gives it a good enough protection against the rigors of alpine landscapes, this dog is rather easy to maintain and does not require much effort on this point. The interview must however remain regular.

Outings ...
He needs to stay active and stimulated to be happy. Born hunter, he can not be content with brief outings. To satisfy it on this plan, long daily walks are necessary, ideally on countryside or wooded areas.

Hygiene ...
It is recommended to brush the dog every week to clean his coat and protect his skin. Its hanging ears are to be inspected after the outings and in a regular way.

Living conditions

The Basset des Alpes is the hunting dog par excellence. As such, it can adapt to a city lifestyle only if you can spend a lot of time and frequently. If so, it will make a great companion for the whole family, especially children. His favorite environment is a house with fenced garden.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 600 € 800 €

Recent Posts