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Basset Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Basset Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Basset Hound have? The dog breed also known as...
Basset, Hush Puppy
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Basset Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Basset Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Basset Hound breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Basset Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Basset Hound price:
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Basset Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Basset Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Basset Hound gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Basset Hound size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Basset Hound weigh? Basset Hound weight:
Male: 50-65 pounds (23-29 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Basset Hound? Basset Hound average weight:
Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Basset Hound? Basset Hound height:
Male: 12-15 inches (30-38 cm), Female: 11-14 inches (28-36 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Basset Hound average height:
Male: 13.5 inches (34 cm), Female: 12.5 inches (32 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Basset Hound have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Basset Hound's coat?
TanGrayTricolorBrownRedWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Basset Hound and how often?
Easy to groom: The Basset Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Basset Hound is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Basset Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Basset? Basset Hound shedding level:
Basset Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Basset Hound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateFriendlySweetTemperedDevotedGentleTenacious
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Basset Hound? Are they intelligent?
Low: The Basset Hound if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with this dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey for the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Basset Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Basset Hounds are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Basset Hounds are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Basset Hound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Basset Hounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Basset Hounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Basset need? Basset Hound social needs:
Basset Hounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Basset Hound dogs bark a lot? Why does my Hush Puppy bark?
Average: The Basset Hound barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Basset Hound good as a watchdog?
Basset Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Basset Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Basset Hounds can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out from the duty of protection your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Basset Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Basset? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Basset Hound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Basset Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Basset Hound do?
Basset Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Basset Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Basset Hound to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Basset Hound roam?
Basset Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Basset Hound have high prey drive?
Basset Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Basset Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Basset Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Basset Hounds are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Basset Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Basset Hound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Basset Hounds are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Basset Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Basset Hound and children:
Basset Hounds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Basset Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Basset Hounds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Basset Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Basset Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Basset Hounds are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Basset Hound can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Basset Hounds good office dogs? Do Basset Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Basset Hounds be ofiice dogs?
No
Basset Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Basset Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Basset temperament with senior people? Are Basset Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Basset Hounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Basset Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Basset Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Basset Hounds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Basset Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Basset Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Basset Hound be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Basset Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Basset Hound be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Basset Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Basset Hound be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Basset Hound breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Basset Hound be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Basset Hound breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Basset Hound be a boat dog?
Not really
Basset Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Basset Hound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Basset Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Basset Hound dogs have health problems?
The Basset Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Basset Hound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Basset Hound breed? Health risks of Basset Hound:
AllergiesBloatCherry EyeEar InfectionsEctropionEntropionGlaucomaHip DysplasiaIntervertebral Disk DiseaseObesityPanosteitisPatellar LuxationThrombopathiaVon Willebrand's Disease
Life Expectancy
How long do Basset Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Basset Hound be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Basset Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Basset Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Basset Hound have?
Basset Hounds have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Basset Hound dogs require per day?
Basset Hounds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Basset Hounds like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Basset Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Basset Hound risk for obesity:
High: The Basset Hound breed has a strong tendency to overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the Basset Hound more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Basset Hound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
High
The Basset Hound has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Basset Hound drool?
The Basset Hound drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Basset Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Basset Hound puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Basset Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Basset Hound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Basset Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-8 puppies

Pros & Cons of Basset Hound

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Basset Hound doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Adaptability: Basset Hounds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Basset Hounds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Basset Hounds are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Basset Hounds are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Basset Hounds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Basset Hound if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Hypoallergenic: Basset Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Basset Hounds are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Drooling tendency: The Basset Hound drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Basset Hound has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Weight Gain Potential: High: The Basset Hound breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
  • Watchdog Ability: Basset Hounds are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Basset Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Office Friendly: Basset Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Basset Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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