Basset hound

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The Basset Hound is a short-legged dog with a powerful, elongated body. Despite his unique physique, he is active and enduring.



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Hair type Short
Origin Britain
Template Big
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 30 kg From 33 cm to 38 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 33 cm to 38 cm
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History of the breed

If the Basset Hound is a dog with deep French origins. It was in Great Britain, and then in the United States, that the breed was developed and perfected. Result of the cross between, on the one hand the old Basset Artois and various other old breeds, and on the other, the Chien de Saint-Hubert, the Basset Hound has mainly spread in Great Britain from the end of from the 19th century, then across the Atlantic from the middle of the following century. Extremely talented and stubborn hunting dog, he gradually transformed into a pet thanks to his friendly and sociable character.

Basset Hound Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: smooth, short and tight, without being too fine. Should never be long or soft, or fringed.
Its color: black, tan and white dress if it is tricolor, lemon and white if it is bicolor. Any coat color specific to scent dogs is permitted.
His head: possibly marked with a few wrinkles on the forehead and near the eyes. The skin of the head should be elastic so as to form slight folds. The skull is domed and the occipital protuberance is prominent. The stop is moderately marked.
His ears: long, slightly exceeding the end of the muzzle, set low, narrow over the entire length, supple and slightly hairy.
His eyes: dark in color, but up to medium brown in light-colored subjects. Diamond shaped and giving the dog a false impression of sadness.
His body: elongated and low on legs; the withers and the kidney are about the same height. The back is quite broad, the sternum prominent, the ribs well rounded and extending backwards.
Its tail: quite long and well attached. Thick at the base, it tapers down to its end. The whip is carried upward in a gentle curve when the dog is awake, but not curling up.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Basset Hound is a placid, friendly dog, gentle with children as well as with his congeners (even those of the same sex) and the other animals he comes into contact with. He is never aggressive and is always ready to play despite his deceptively indolent appearance. His infallible flair makes the Basset Hound an excellent scent hound who tirelessly follows the fragrant tracks during hunting sessions, where he always shows himself to his advantage. His appearance is also deceptive as to his athletic abilities, since he can exhibit surprising endurance and strength.

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The Basset Hound is a peaceful and calm dog , but it can be quite stubborn . His education must therefore be firm , but fair and without excess. Naturally very close to other dogs and animals, he must nevertheless be socialized as soon as possible , as with all other breeds.

Living conditions

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

The Basset Hound is totally in its element when it lives in a family , with children and other animals. Living in an apartment and in the city is no problem for him, as long as he has no stairs to climb and he enjoys his walks every day . But the ideal would be to regularly offer him the opportunity to evolve in a natural setting.


Ease of gaining weight

The Basset Hound is a dog with a good lifespan , but who can suffer from back pain if not cared for. His elongated spine exposes him, in fact, to various problems related to overweight in particular. It is therefore necessary to ensure that his diet is balanced and without excess. It is also recommended to avoid too frequent ascents and descents of stairs, always because of its elongated back and its low legged bearing. The Basset Hound is also subject to possible eye infections , because its drooping eyelids promote the deposition of impurities and mucus. Finally, it should be noted that he has a predisposition to dermatitis due to Malassezia , a skin disease caused by the unicellular fungus of the same name. The Basset Hound is, with the West Highland White Terrier for example, one of the dogs most affected by this dermatological pathology.


Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 6 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 8 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Basset Hound is, on average, between 8 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The Basset Hound is not a particularly difficult dog to maintain in terms of coat, because its coat is short and smooth . On the other hand, his eyes and ears should be monitored and cleaned regularly.


In addition to weekly brushing , the Basset Hound needs regular cleaning of their long ears and eyes . A clean, damp cloth helps prevent dirt and mucus from building up on your eyelids. Do this once a day.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Basset Hound is between 700 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Basset Hound is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Basset Hound is originally a scent hound . This tireless track follower therefore lacks neither energy nor endurance. His need for exercise is satisfied with good daily walks and, ideally, a few rural outings. Dense terrains suit him perfectly: he can express all his natural talent as a hunter with a fine nose.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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