Basics of Dog Breed : Basset Hound

Posted on September 21 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Basset Hound

Breed Information:

Origin: UK
FCI Group: Common Dogs, Blood Dogs and Related Breeds
FCI number: 163
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Round

Race history

If the  Basset Hound  is a dog with deep French origins. It was in Great Britain and then in the United States that the breed was developed and perfected. Fruit of the cross between, on the one hand the old Basset Artois and various other old races, and on the other, the Dog of Saint-Hubert, the Basset Hound was mainly spread in Great Britain from the end of the 19th century, then across the Atlantic from the middle of the next century. An extremely talented and stubborn hunting dog, he has gradually become a pet thanks to his friendly and sociable character.

Physical characteristics

The Basset Hound  is a short-legged dog with a strong, elongated body. Despite his singular physique, he is active and enduring.

His hair: smooth, short and tight, without being too thin. Must never be long or soft or fringed. 
Its color: black dress, fire and white if it is tricolor, lemon and white if it is two-colored. Any color of dress proper to common dogs is allowed. 
His head: possibly marked with some wrinkles on the forehead and near the eyes. The skin of the head should be elastic so as to form slight folds. The skull is domed and the prominent occipital protuberance. The stop is moderately marked. 
His ears: long, slightly protruding from the tip of the snout, tied low, narrow all the way, soft and slightly hairy. 
Their eyes :dark in color but medium brown in light-colored subjects. Diamond shaped and giving the dog a false impression of sadness. 
His body: elongated and low on legs; the tourniquet and the kidney are about the same height. The back is wide enough, the sternum protruding, the ribs well rounded and extending behind. 
His tail: quite long and well attached. Thick at the base, it goes down to its end. The whip is carried upward by drawing a gentle curve when the dog is awake, but without winding.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 25 kg and 30 kg Between 33 cm and 38 cm
Male Between 25 kg and 30 kg Between 33 cm and 38 cm

A Basset Hound dog is classified as a large dog .

Behavior and character

The Basset Hound is a placid dog, friendly, gentle as well with children as its congeners (even those of the same sex) and the other animals it is brought to rub shoulders. He is never aggressive and is always ready to play despite his seemingly indolent appearance. His infallible flair makes the Basset Hound an excellent, everyday dog ​​that tirelessly follows the odorous tracks during the hunting sessions, where he always shows his advantage. His appearance is also misleading as to his athletic abilities, as he can demonstrate surprising endurance and strength.

Education ...
The Basset Hound is a peaceful and calm dog, but it can be quite stubborn. His education must be firm, but fair and without excess. Naturally very close to other dogs and animals, it is still socializing as soon as possible, as with all other breeds.


The Basset Hound is a dog with a good life expectancy, but who can suffer from the back if not preserved. His elongated spine exposes him, in fact, to various problems related to overweight in particular. We must therefore ensure that his diet is balanced and without excess. It is also recommended to avoid too frequent climbs and descents, always because of his elongated back and his low leg. The Basset Hound is also subject to possible eye infections, as its drooping eyelids promote the deposition of impurities and mucus. Lastly, it has a predisposition to Malassezia dermatitis, a skin disease caused by a single-celled fungus of the same name. The Basset Hound is, with the West Highland White Terrier for example, one of the dogs most concerned by this dermatological pathology.

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Basset Hound  is not a dog with particularly painful maintenance on the level of the dress, because his hair is short and smooth. On the other hand, his eyes and ears are to be monitored and cleaned regularly.

Outings ...
The Basset Hound is, originally, a running dog. This tireless track follower does not lack energy or endurance. His need for exercise is satisfied by good daily walks and, ideally, some outings in rural areas. The dense terrain suits him perfectly: he can express all his natural talent as a hunter with a fine nose.

Hygiene ... In
addition to weekly brushing, the Basset Hound needs regular cleaning on its long ears and eyes. A clean, damp cloth helps prevent deposits of dirt and mucus on her eyelids. To do once a day.

Living conditions

The Basset Hound  is totally in his element when he lives in a family, with children and other animals. Life in an apartment and in the city does not pose any problem for him, as long as he has no stairs to climb and that he enjoys every day of his walks. But the ideal would be to regularly offer him the opportunity to evolve in a natural setting.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 700 € 1000 €

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