Alpine basset

Other name: Alpenländische Dachsbracke

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The Basset des Alpes is a robust hunting dog, of solid construction and low on legs. It is also characterized by firm musculature and well-developed bone structure.



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Hair type Short
Origin Austria
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 15 kg to 18 kg From 36 cm to 37 cm
Male From 15 kg to 18 kg From 37 cm to 38 cm
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History of the breed

The Alpine Basset is a very old breed , since the ancestors of this dog with a similar appearance were already used by hunters in antiquity. During the first half of the 1880s, he was Crown Prince Rudolf of Habsburg’s favorite hunting dog , so he always took them with him on his hunts in Turkey and Egypt.

First called Basset des Alpes de l’Erzgebirge, it was recognized by the Austrian umbrella cynological association as the 3rd breed of red dog (blood test) in 1932. It was only 43 years later that the name current, that of Basset des Alpes , will be adopted. This is the date on which the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) recognizes the breed definitively. The FCI then reclassified her (in 1991) among the blood test dogs in group 6.

Basset des Alpes Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: very dense, well laid, covering the whole body. The outer coat is associated with a thick undercoat.
Its color: dark fawn to red, with or without black labeling. Or black with red-brown markings on the head, chest, legs, feet and inner side of the tail.
His head: slightly domed skull and marked stop. The nose is black and the muzzle strong.
Its ears: set high, devoid of folds, wide, hanging, moderately long (reach the canines) and rounded ends.
His eyes: dark brown in color. The eyelids are very black and well applied to the eyeball.
His body: the ratio of the height at the withers to the length of the body is 2: 3. The trunk is solid, rather long and well muscled, the withers slightly extended, the back straight, the loins short and wide, the chest wide and well let down, the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: thick at its base, set on high, carried slightly low, of good length (just reached the ground), furnished with a longer hair on its inner face.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Basset des Alpes is an alert , amiable dog with a certain confidence. Courageous and tireless , he is a very good hunting dog in the alpine environment. He is also a pleasant family dog and can even be a good guardian .

For this kind of rather independent and active dog, it is advisable to bring him an early education , made of a mixture of firmness and gentleness. Taken in early enough, he learns quickly and well.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Basset des Alpes is the hunting dog par excellence. As such, it can only adapt to a city lifestyle if it can be spent long and frequently. If so, it will make a great companion for the whole family, especially children. His favorite environment remains a house with a fenced garden.


Ease of gaining weight

The Alpine Basset is a robust and resistant dog. There is no particular predisposition to a disease in this breed , which also enjoys a fairly good life expectancy (between 12 and 15 years).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 9 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of an Alpine Basset is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

Even if the Alpine Basset has a double coat which gives it a fairly good protection against the rigors of alpine landscapes, this dog is rather easy to maintain and does not require great efforts on this point. Maintenance must however remain regular.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly to clean his coat and protect his skin. His hanging ears are to be inspected after trips and on a regular basis.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 600
800 €

The purchase price of a Basset des Alpes is between € 600 and € 800.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Alpine Basset is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

He needs to stay active and energized in order to be happy. A born hunter, he cannot be satisfied with brief outings. To satisfy him on this level, long daily walks are necessary, ideally on expanses of countryside or woods.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1975


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