Height: 13-14 in
Weight: 40-51 lb
Temperament: active, affectionate, excellent with
The Basset Hound originated within the country of France,
where the word basset means ˘low to the ground÷. The
Basset Hound is a descendant of the Bloodhound. In
appearance, their legs are short, with the hide falling in
wrinkles over their lower legs. There is also wrinkled
skin above their eyes. Their ears are rather long, low
set, reaching far down along the sides of their head.
Basset Hounds have a very heavy bone structure.
Their coat does shed and needs to be bathed and brushed on
a regular basis. The coat hair is hard, short and smooth.
Their skin is loose and elastic. Colors: any recognized
hound color, but it is usually black and white with
chestnut markings. They are hunters of rabbits, hares,
fox, opossum and pheasant. This dog is tireless when
hunting out in the field. The Basset has an excellent
sense of smell, but has slow reflexes. They make a
good-natured companion dog and are wonderful with children
as well as with other pets and other dogs.
The Basset Hound tends to gain weight, so the dog owner
will need to watch its diet. Regular daily exercise should
help keep the weight in check. Basset owners also need to
prevent their puppy from leaping off of tall objects, such
as couches and chairs. They can easily damage their spinal
column. This caution should be exercised throughout the
Basset's life. Can be stubborn; needs socialization and
obedience training. Adaptable to their owner's lifestyle.
The Basset is quite versatile in its activities! They can
enter conformation classes, field trials, agility,
tracking, as well as obedience trials. Owners of a Basset
Hound are sure to find an activity that they will enjoy
right along with their dog!