The Basset Hound looks perpetually worried, with woeful eyes framed by some of the longest pendant ears in town. But it needn’t be – this gentle dog is adored far and wide. The Basset Hound has a heavy, low-slung body and an iconic set of wrinkles. A slow mover who can go on and on for long distances, this breed is known for being one of the most chilled-out of the hound types. Very good with families.
The very first Basset Hounds were supposedly bred as a hunting companion by French monks in the 16th century. Brits then refined the breed in the 1800s, crossing it with a Bloodhound to increase the dog’s size. ‘Basset’ is related to the French word for ‘low’, which is exactly what this breed’s bark is.
The average life expectancy of a Basset Hound is 8-12 years.
Most health problems associated with Basset Hounds are related to this breed’s heavy, short-legged stature. Weight gain can place undue strain on the breed’s spine – a proper amount of exercise will help you avoid this. Take extra care when your Basset Hound is around children, as any extra strain on the dog’s back will only make matters worse. Other problem areas include eye issues and hip and knee trouble. Watch out for bloat too, especially an hour or so after feeding.”
The gentle (mini) giant
Amiable is the word that comes to mind – with just the slightest twinge of stubbornness. Basset Hounds flee from conflict, making them popular family pooches, and they’re known for getting along like a house on fire with just about anyone.
A good mostly-indoor dog
Basset Hounds don’t need a huge amount of exercise. Playing in the garden and long leash walks are enough exercise to satisfy them most of the time – with an occasional foray into the woods to satisfy the breed’s hunting instincts. Take care when letting yoru Basset Hound off the leash, because when there’s an interesting scent to follow, they have a tendency to develop selective hearing!
The Basset Hound is a little on the drooly side. You’ll need to take extra care to ensure your dog’s wrinkles are kept clean, particularly to prevent any skin infections around the face.
Training a Basset Hound can be more difficult than average due to this breed’s stubborn streak. They need a firm and consistent owner to overcome this trait. They respond well to food rewards, but make sure you keep an eye on their weight.
Basset Hounds are reportedly difficult to housebreak.
Where to find Basset Hounds
Basset Hound Groups
Looking for like-minded Basset Hound owners to swap stories with? Find a Basset Hound breed group below.
The Basset Hound Club
The Basset Hound Club of Scotland
The Basset Hound Owners Club
Midland Basset Hound Club
The South of England Basset Hound Club
The Basset Hound CLub of Wales
Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire Basset Hound Club
South West Hound Club