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Basset Hound Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height – Female: 11-14.5” | Male: 12-15”
Weight – Female: 55-75 lbs. | Male: 44-80 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Basset Hound in the following colors:

  • Black, White & Tan
  • Tan, Lemon & White
  • Black & White
  • Black & Tan
  • Tan & White
  • White & Lemon
  • Lemon & Tan
  • Lemon & Black

The Basset Hound comes comes in virtually any combination of two or three colors.

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 8-12 years
Basset Hounds are one of the oldest breeds in the dog world, having been presented at a Parisian dog show in the mid-1800s. These pups have generations upon generations of descendants, each litter apt to be healthier and more vital than the last. However, like with any dog breed, the Basset Hound is prone to a few health issues. Most of the health problems that affect a Basset Hound are skin-related, as these pups have folds and wrinkles all over their face and body. These pups could also suffer from health problems, like heart disease, bone cancer, and heartworms, that can plague every canine, regardless of breed.


This bleeding disorder is caused by a lack of clotting agents in the bloodstream. Symptoms include excessive bleeding from the nose, mouth, and bottom, fatigue, dry skin, blue-tinged gums, a pale nose, and weakness. Treatments vary by severity. Worse cases require blood transfusions. Moderate cases need iron supplements and close vet care.


This condition is caused by a decrease in metabolic hormones from the thyroid gland. Symptoms include lethargy, hair loss, constant fatigue, skin blotches, severe weight gain, and excessive hunger. Common treatment consists of hormone supplements for a lifetime on a daily basis.

Other health problems that your Basset Hound might encounter include patellar luxation, a bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand’s Disease, elbow dysplasia, dermatitis, and immunodeficiency. The average healthy Basset Hound boasts a lifespan of 8 to 12 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

Basset Hounds are a gentle, loyal breed, but they are also sensitive and touchy. This could be a problem if anyone mistreats them, as negative behavior can make them shy, aggressive, and harder to train. For training purposes, keep your tone positive and kind with clear, strong commands that your Basset Hound can understand. Eventually, with determination and patience, your pup will learn compliance with your commands. Reward his obedience with meaty, bite-sized treats and tons of praise.

Exercise-wise, the Basset Hound loves to run and romp and play with his loved ones, albeit for short periods of time. These pups are packed with energy, but their small bodies expend that energy quickly. Some playtime in a fenced-in backyard would be ideal, but a few walks spread throughout the day works just as well. These purebreds are also good with children and other dogs, especially if they are raised alongside them.


Basset Hounds, overall, have an easy grooming regime. Their fur is often close-cropped and smooth with minimal excess hairs, so brushing is required 2-3 times a week. However, these purebreds are loaded down with folds, wrinkles, and very elastic skin. Take the time every single day to wipe your Basset Hound down with a baby wipe. Pay special attention to all of his creases and folds. Then, with a dry cotton cloth, go back over your wipe zones and dry.

Other basic care for your Basset Hound includes bathing him once every two months, or whenever he gets extremely dirty or smelly, clipping his toenails every 2-3 weeks, and cleaning his ears once a week. You should also brush his teeth 4-5 times a week.


Prone to problems with obesity, Basset Hounds need a set meal schedule to keep them feeling satisfied throughout the day. These pups, when left to their own devices, can overeat tremendously. And weight gain on their small frames makes a big difference in their movements and overall health. So, consult your vet to learn the nutritional needs of your Basset Hound.

On average, a Basset Hound needs two meals per day, one in the morning and one at night. Feed him 1 cup of dry, high-quality kibble for each meal. Make sure he has plenty of water nearby to wash it down afterwards, but don’t let him drink too much right away, as this could accidentally lead to bloat. Consider investing in an automatic water bowl, especially for the summertime. When you offer your Basset Hound treats, be sure they are meaty, bite-sized, and nutrient-rich.

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As an ancient breed, there is an abundance of Basset Hounds in the world. Several of which have been abandoned for one reason or another. Before you search for a reputable breeder, take a look at local animal shelters and rescue groups. You have the potential to offer a new, happier home to a lonely Basset Hound.

Adoption fees vary by county and state restrictions, but the average costs range from $75 to $250. Add in vaccinations, spay or neuter services, and an initial vet check-up, and you could shell out upwards of $500 to the local animal shelter. Also, bear in mind that most of your adoption fees will be used to purchase blankets, food, and necessities for other dogs in the shelter. It’s a win-win.

If you have your heart set on a new puppy, expect to pay between $350 to $700 for a Basset Hound. AKC show-quality Basset Hound puppies may be considerably higher in price, but the general costs really depend on the preferences and promises of a reliable, trustworthy breeder. Be sure to ask your chosen breeder for purebred documentation, parent breed’s health histories, and an AKC guarantee.

On another note, before you adopt or purchase a Basset Hound pup, consider the long-term costs. You should factor in nutritious food, toys, vaccinations, a microchip, a medical emergencies fund, and routine vet check-ups. Ensure you have the long-term income and commitment to care for a Basset Hound before you integrate one into your life.

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Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. Basset Hounds are a 1.5 on the integration scale. These purebreds are gentle, affectionate, and friendly, but they have a stubborn streak that might make it a bit of a challenge to train them. Don’t let this scare you. Be positive, determined, and patient during training sessions, and your Basset Hound will become the well-behaved, well-trained, loving family companion you know he can be.


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