Basset Hound

Group 4: Hounds
Height: 33 – 38 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate – Low
Original Function: Scent hound
Lifespan: 10 – 12 yrs

Recommended for: Families, elderly.

Basset Hound

About This Breed

Most Bassets originated in France, the word “bas” means low, but the Basset Hound was developed in Britain only about 100 years ago. Its ability to concentrate on particular scent quickly earned it respect as a hunting partner. They were used to trail foxes, rabbits and game birds, their shorter legs, making it a slower pace and therefore less likely to scare the prey.

They’re an independent breed with a sense of humour, extraordinarily intelligent, affectionate, and entertaining. They are good natured, sociable and gentle animals. They fit in well to family life and are good with children.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Medium sized, long barrel shaped body, with short stocky legs. Skin is loose & folded. Head long & narrow. Eyes dark. Ears hang to the side of the head. Tail long stern, carried upright.

Temperament: Loyal, Placid, never aggressive or timid. Affectionate.

Characteristics: Tenacious hound of ancient lineage which hunts by scent, possessing a pack instinct, a deep melodious voice and capable of great endurance in the field.

Colour: Generally black, white and tan (tricolour); lemon and white (bicolour).

Coat: Smooth, short and close without being too fine.

Grooming: Easy to keep coat brush and bath when needed, wipe under the ears weekly and trim nails regularly.

Exercise: Should be given plenty of exercise but discourage it from jumping and stressing the front legs. This breed will run and play by the hour when given the chance.

Health: Overfeeding can cause extra weight, which will cause too much stress on the spine and legs. This breed can be likely to get ear infections, also prone to bloat and can suffer from skin diseases.