The Basset Hound


The modern basset hound is credited to St. Hubert of Belgium, who bred his dogs at the Benedictine Abby In 1000 AD. They were known as St Hubert hounds at the time and eventually renamed “basset,” after the French word meaning “low.” Among St. Hubert’s litters were both bloodhounds and basset hounds.

The basset hounds were described as “slow, short-legged dogs with deep mouths.” It has been speculated that basset hounds were originally breed from genetic dwarf like dogs who were born in other litters of hunting dog.

The basset hound was a favorite in France and England for centuries, valued for its ability to hunt small game. The basset hound was one of the few slow hunting dogs. This allowed for hunters on foot to catch up with their game before the dog scared it away.

In Europe during the late 1800’s arguments began about whether the basset hound should be used as a show dog or kept as a hunting dog. America solved the problem by breeding basset hounds with both show and hunting traits.

It’s said that both George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte owned basset hounds.

Sizing up:

  • Weight: 50 to 65 lbs
  • Height: No breed standard
  • Coat: Short, smooth, soft
  • Color: Black, tan or white.
  • Life expectancy: 12- 15 years

What’s the basset hound like?

The basset has a reputation for being stubborn. In actuality he’s very easy to train but responds only to positive reinforcement and never to negative. The basset is a food hound and will do anything you ask so long as the reward is tasty enough.

The basset hound is good natured and easy going. His laid back personality makes him a great dog for children. He’s intelligent and can’t help manipulating strangers with his adorable looks.

The basset is a scent dog. Meaning he’ll chase anything he can sniff out. You want to take extra care to keep him out of the street.

The basset is bold and confident and you should be too when it comes time to train.

The basset hound needs to be properly socialized which should be fun for him because he’s a pack animal. He’ll do well around other pets but on occasion does require his own space.


There are several conditions that might hit the basset hound more often than other breeds:

  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Glaucoma
  • Thrombopathia
  • Patellar luxation
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Combined immunodeficiency

Takeaway points:

  • The basset hound is a pack animal
  • The basset hound will always follow his nose first
  • The best way to train a basset hound is with food

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

Best Diet & Nutrition For Basset Hounds

Feeding your dog the right type of food is extremely important when you’re looking to keep them as healthy as possible. This requires looking closely at the quality of the food that you’re giving them as well as the time of life that your dog is in. Giving them food that’s meant for their stage of life is going to get them the nutrients that they really need during that period of time. It’s also important to feed them the ideal amount of food as advised by your vet.

They will be able to help you with other questions about your dog’s diet as well. Make sure you avoid too many treats and also that you avoid too much human food (as well as certain types of human food) as these can be a problem for your dog. You’ll want to talk with your vet about what your dog’s ideal weight is and the amount of food that you should be feeding them to keep them healthy.

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It’s a tough decision. But when considering a new pup, you have to think about what’s best for you and your family: Do you live in a house or apartment? Do you have kids? Travel? These are all questions to think about.

One thing’s for sure: every Basset Hound mix will have his own unique look and personality to match. This list is a potluck of adorable pups– happy hunting!

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Long back, dolichocephalic (long face), short bowed legs, droopy eyes, floppy ears (naturally), body folds (wrinkles)

Exercise Requirements: Daily walk
Energy Level: Laid back
Longevity Range: 8-12 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: High Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: Low Social/Attention Needs: Moderate

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