Basset Hound Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Hush Puppy dog
  • Size:Medium
  • Ease of Training:Low
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Low, may or may not bark at strangers
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:40-60 lbs
  • Height:14 inches
  • Coat Colour:any recognized hound colour

Basset Hound Coat

The coat of the Basset Hound should always be short, never long. The coat is dense, hard, and smooth making it weather resistant. Hair should also always be straight and firm in texture.

Basset Hound Character

The long ears of this rather lazy breed are sensitive, which makes him best for a life with older and more respectable children. The Basset Hound has the tendency to be stubborn, but never timid. Should never display signs of aggression, as this is a naturally fun loving and gentle dog.

Basset Hound Temperament

Affectionate, lazy, devoted, quiet, and peaceful, the Basset Hound does exceptionally well with a family. This breed loves children, and generally does well with other animals. They can be taught tricks, but tend to be stubborn so patience is key.

Basset Hound Care

Combing and brushing with a firm bristle brush should keep shedding to a minimum as this breed sheds constantly. Toenails should be trimmed regularly as this breed is lazy which can neglect the nails. Cleaning under the folds of skin works best, and the ears should be cleaned regularly.

Basset Hound Activity

Basset Hounds have the tendency to overeat therefore should be given plenty of exercise to keep him healthy. Normally a lazy breed, this dog should be taken on regulated walks and should be allowed a free roam in a safe, fenced in area.

Basset Hound Health and Life Expectancy

The Basset Hound has a life expectancy of around 10-12 years. A number of health problems and issues are associated with this breed and this includes luxating patella, PRA, ectropion, entropion, epilepsy, elbow dysplasia, spinal problems, bleeding disorders, glaucoma, vWD, thyroid problems, and ear infections. Both parents of your Basset Hound puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.