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Bassett Hound


Basset hounds look adorable, and they have personalities to match. They are sociable, easygoing and very affectionate. Their gentle natures make them a good fit for homes with children and other pets. When being trained, Basset Hounds need snacks as rewards. Punishments should be avoided, as they will not learn, and only have their feelings hurt. Encouragement and affection will make your Basset Hound a very well behaved friend - and a loyal and loving one as well.

Adult Size

  • Medium

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Normally

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Can Be Left Alone

Breed Group

  • Hound Group

Coat Length

  • Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Smooth Coat


  • Black & White
  • Black Brown & White
  • Black Tan & White
  • Black White & Brown
  • Black White & Tan
  • Brown Black & White
  • Lemon & White
  • Mahogany & White
  • Red & White


  • Drools Occasionally

Energy Level

  • Would Rather Not Go Jogging With You

Exercise Needs

  • Rarely Needs Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 10-13″

Full Grown Weight

  • 51-55lbs
  • 56-60lbs
  • 61-65lbs

General Health

  • Not a Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Great First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Does Well in Hot Weather

Good With Children?


  • Doesn’t Require Grooming


  • Not the Brightest Bulb in the Closet


  • Affectionate
  • Somewhat Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate


  • Sometimes Playful
  • Stick in the Mud

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Gonioscopy
  • Thrombopathia (Optional) OFA Evaluation Auburn University Veterinary Pathobiology

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Sometimes with Other Dogs
  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 10 years
  • 11 years
  • 12 years

Training Tendencies

  • Difficult To Train
  • Relatively Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Frequently