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Basset Hound - Breed Profile:

Origin: France
Colors: Tri-color, red & white, honey/lemon & white, blue/grey, black & tan
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Not a barker, but can bay

Physical characteristics

The Basset Hound looks like a smaller version of the Bloodhound. The most distinctive difference between the two dogs is their size: the Basset Hound weighs 55 to 65 pounds, which is way less compared to about 100 pounds of the Bloodhound. Basset Hounds are heavy-boned stocky dogs with a long body and tail, deep chest, and short legs. The massive head is large with a rounded skull and long muzzle. The pendent ears are very large and velvet to the touch. The skin is extremely loose and falls in many folds all over the body; the lips hang down as well. The teeth should meet in a scissor or level bite. The eyes are brown. An overall appearance of Basset Hounds makes them look kindly and genial.
The height of these dogs can be up to 15 inches.


The gloomy expression of Basset Hounds is deceptive: these dogs are exceptionally friendly, affectionate, gentle and sweet. They literally love everyone. Also, they are naturally well-behaved, peaceful, and do very well with other pets. Great with children. Even though Basset Hounds can be really stubborn, a proper socialization and training help reduce this behaviour. The breed can be slightly difficult to train, so you will have to be patient. Basset Hounds best respond to positive reinforcement, and love doing tricks for food. They require a lot of exercise despite their low-energy demeanor: Basset Hounds are much more agile and lively than they look! Apart from anything else, they love to sniff the ground, so make sure your yard is fenced so that the excited dog does not wander away.

Coat and grooming

The coat of Basset Hounds is short, sleek, shiny, but can be a bit harsh. It sheds constantly, so the dog needs a lot of grooming. Also, Basset Hounds usually have a specific doggy odour, though some individuals do not have it.
These dogs come in all Hound colours: tri-color, red & white, honey/lemon & white, blue/grey, black & tan.


The droopy ears of Basset Hounds require regular cleaning to avoid infections. Also, a regular check for parasites should take place because the dog can often pick them up due to its love to sniffing the ground. Eye problems are typical for this breed. Prone to obesity - do not overfeed.
The lifespan of Basset Hounds is 10 to 12 years.