Westphalian Basset

Other names: Westphalian Dachsbracke, Westfälische Dachsbracke

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The Westphalian Basset is a hunting dog of moderate length, of strong build, robust and collected. It resembles in several points the German Brachet, of which it is often taken for a reduced version. He is also characterized by a kind and attentive expression.



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Hair type Short
Origin Germany
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 14 kg to 15 kg From 30 cm to 38 cm
Male From 14 kg to 15 kg From 30 cm to 35 cm
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History of the breed

The Westphalian Basset is a dog of German origin . This breed originated in the historic region of Westphalia, between the Weser and the Rhine. It would probably have been obtained by crossing the German Brachet with various types of Bassets. The Westphalian Basset was recognized by the German Kennel Club (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen) in 1935. It was from this breed that the Swedish Basset, also called Drever, was developed. Today it is rather rare outside of Germany. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on November 29, 1954.

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Physical features

His hair: rough and tight all over the body. Short on the head, ears and lower legs, longer on the back, neck and lower part of the tail.
Its color: ranging from red to yellow, associated with a black saddle or coat and white markings.
His head: medium in size, noble in appearance, narrow, elongated. The skull is a little wider than the cheek area.
His ears: large, moderately long, well laid against the head, ending in rounded.
His eyes: dark in color and displaying a rather gentle, but serious expression.
Its body: the neck is strong and moderately long, the kidney wide and well developed, the croup sloping, the chest relatively narrow, the belly raised in front of the hind legs.
Its tail: set high, strong at its base, blending harmoniously into the line of the back, presenting a bushy brush hair on its underside, as well as a smooth, lying hair on its upper face.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Westphalian Basset is an energetic dog, enduring and able to evolve on a variety of terrains. Qualities that make it an excellent hunting dog , especially for game such as hare, fox or even wild boar. At home, he shows off his joie de vivre, his attachment to his master and his loyalty , even if he is not the most docile of dogs.

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The education of the Westphalian Basset should be both firm and gentle . The master must act as a pack leader in his mind, but without this implying the search for any balance of power.

Living conditions

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

The Westphalian Basset is first and foremost a hunting dog, but it is also an excellent family companion. It is intended for people who may be available to give it sufficient time and activity on a daily basis. This dog can adapt to all family situations and different lifestyles.


Ease of gaining weight

The Westphalian Basset is a dog that rarely gets sick. Robust in constitution, it is resistant and enjoys a fairly good life expectancy . His large floppy ears should nevertheless be watched in order to prevent the risk of otitis.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 7 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Westphalian 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

The Westphalian Basset is very easy to maintain . You just need to pay special attention to the inside of your ears, especially after going out.


It is recommended to brush the dog weekly to ensure the cleanliness of his coat and skin. His ears should be inspected systematically after walks because he may be a victim of ear infections.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of a Westphalian Basset is between € 500 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost


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

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Westphalian Basset requires a lot of exercise to get active . Hunting dog par excellence, he must remain active and alert. Long daily walks are recommended, but without going to the point of exhaustion. The main thing is to ensure that it is stimulated both physically and psychically with regular activities.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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