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Breed Information: Basset Hound

Breed Description: The Basset Hound is a scenting hound with a majestic, domed-shaped head, long velvety ears and a body that is said to be half a dog in height, but twice a dog in length. The Basset Hound is a short-legged dog relative to its size and is heavier in bone than any other breed of dog. Second only to the Bloodhound, this breed has a keen scenting ability and makes a devoted companion.

Group: Hound Group

Purpose of Breed: Hunting rabbits and hares over difficult terrain

Country of Origin: French ancestry

Average Size: 40-60 lbs. and 13-15 inches tall

Color(s): Basset Hounds are typically tri-colored black, white and tan, and can also be lemon and white.

Coat Type: Short, smooth, shiny coats, with wrinkles of skin between their knees and feet.

Grooming: The Basset Hound's coat requires minimal brushing to stay in top condition. This breed requires standard care for eyes, pads and nails, but special care is needed for their long delicate, ears. They should be examined and cleaned with a cotton swap regularly.

Exercise Needs: This breed lives happily in either a house or an apartment, but needs regular exercise to prevent obesity. Extended periods of running or jogging, however, can cause damage to the dog's hips, legs and back. They tend to follow their nose into dangerous situations and are safest on a leash or in a secure, enclosed area.


Temperament: The Basset Hound is affectionate, gentle and extremely devoted. Known for their mild, sensitive nature, they can also be very stubborn and conveniently "hard of hearing." This breed gets along well with people and other pets, but possesses a pack mentality and does not prefer to be left home alone for longs periods of time.

Common Ailments: Prone to ear and skin infections and also to obesity, which can lead to hip, spine and leg problems.

Life Expectancy: average 8-12 years

Trivia: "Basset", when used to describe a dog breed, is derived from the French adjective "bas", meaning "low thing" or "dwarf."

More Information: Basset Hound Club of America

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March 27, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks for the thorough info sheet - I have 4 precious Basset babies! And I can attest to all of the above!

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March 27, 20060 found this helpful

Well, as you can see from my screen name I just
"lovethosehounds". Bassets are the best. We had one for 10 1/2 years and he was a dog comedian at heart. One of the saddest days of my life was the day we had to have him put down. He had gotten paralysis in his back end and there was nothing more the vet could do. He lives on in our hearts.

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