Basset Hound Dog Breed

Basset Hound Enjoying Outside
  • Other names:
  • Basset
  • Hush Puppy

The basset hound is a short large breed dog most famously known as Hush Puppy dog. The breed is a scent hound and was originally bred for hunting rabbits and other small game. Today the basset hound is still used as a small game hunter, but they are more common as a house dog.

Basset hounds have a short coat and their body has some unique features which help the breed excel with their scent tracking. Characteristics such as heavy wrinkles and long ears help them funnel scents to their nose while their short legs prevent them from out pacing hunters following on foot.

Basset hounds are loyal and somewhat lazy house dogs. They want to be with their family and can develop howling tendencies if left alone for too long. The breed can be stubborn and has a tendency to overeat, but regular training and frequent exercise can solve these issues.

Basset Hound Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred10-12 yrs.12-14 in.45-65 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the details and specs on the basset hound dog breed.

Basset Hound Breed Description

The basset hound is likely the shortest large dog breed. Adults can weigh as much as 65 pounds and still be 10-12 inches tall from ground to shoulder. Of course, nearly all of this weight is carried in their elongated bodies which makes it very difficult to pick up a basset hound.

Basset hounds are generally a mild mannered dog breed. They rarely get upset or snappy, which many people say is due to their laziness. They were bred to hunt game with a large pack of other dogs so the basset hound desires companionship and suffers from separation anxiety if left alone for too long. The breed is very friendly and does well with children and other pets.

The basset hound's coat is short, smooth, and waterproof, making it extremely easy to keep clean. However, regardless of how easy the coat is to maintain the breed is so low to the ground that their stomach can come in contact with a large variety of dirty things which may require their owners to bathe them more frequently. The breed does shed year round, but brushing the coat weekly can dramatically help reduce the amount of shed.

Basset Hound Coloring

Basset Hound Photos

Below are pictures of the Basset Hound dog breed.

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Basset Hound Dog Breed
Black Tan & White Basset Hound
Black White & Brown Basset Hound
White Black And Red Basset Hound
White And Lemon Basset Hound
Black And Brown Basset Hound
White Black & Brown Basset Hound
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Basset Hounds Having Fun Outside

Basset Hound Health

Below are health issues and concerns most common in Basset Hounds

  • Allergies
  • Bloat
  • Cherry Eye
  • Ear Infections
  • Ectropion
  • Entropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Obesity
  • Panosteitis
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Thrombopathia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
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Basset Hound Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Basset Hound as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • American Kennel Club
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • National Kennel Club
  • New Zealand Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
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