Dog Profiles - Description of Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Description: Known as the "Hush Puppy" dog he has the head of a bloodhound and the body of a dachshund. The Basset Hound is a short-legged dog, heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed of dog. Movement is humorous looking and slow, but not clumsy. He is mild, never sharp or timid in manner but sometimes can be stubborn. He also can be vocal at times with his charming deep, sonorous bark. A lovely and amusing household pet for people with a good sense of humor. The Basset Hound is essentially a hunting dog with strong natural instincts and will power. Absolutely obedient and devoted to his master, he makes a wonderful family companion.

Height: 13-15 inches

Weight: 40-60 lbs.

Colors: Generally black, white and tan, but occasionally lemon.

Coat: Hard, smooth, short and dense.

Temperament: Independent, good natured, sociable, gentle. Good with children. A delightful pet for children. May show dominance to other male dogs. Good hound and family pet. Good watch-dog. Suspicious of strangers. Poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Minimal grooming of his coat. He can be massaged or brushed gently to remove dead hairs. Carefully attention should be paid to his long ears. He should be taught basic obedience during his early age as he can be self-willed and when his natural scenting ability tempts him, he will go off in hot pursuit. Plenty of moderate exercise will help keep him fit and trim.

Training: Learning Rate: Medium. Obedience: Medium. Problem Solving: Low.

Activity: Indoors - Low, Outdoors - Medium.

Living Environment: Will do well in a house or apartment as he is very sedentary indoors, but he will enjoy outdoor activities and needs daily exercise to prevent obesity.

Health Issues: Tends to be obese, but this can be controlled with proper diet. Obesity can cause spine and leg problems. Ears are susceptible to infections. May suffer from bloat and skin infections. Puppies are often delivered by cesarean section.

Life Span: 10-12 Years

Litter Size: 8 -10

Country of Origin: Great Britain

History: He appears to have origins that date back to the sixteenth century when French stag hounds were breed to short legged hounds. The French word "basset" means "low set". He then can be traced to crossing of the Basset d'Artois and the Basset Normand. In 1866 he was introduced into Britain. In 1892 he was crossed with a Bloodhound which made slight changes to the appearance of the breed.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 6), KC(GB)