Breed description: Basset hound

Origin: England
Group: Ongoing dogs
Height33 to 38 cm height at withers
Weight: 23 kg
ColourThis breed can be tricoloured (black, white, reddish brown) or pale to brown with white.

Dealing with children

Dealing with other dogs

Dealing with other animals


The Basset Hound originated in France and is said to have got its name from the French word ´bas´ because this dog stands so low on its legs. Starting in 1800, it arrived in England with the Basset Artésien Normand as its ancestor and was crossed there with the Bloodhound. As a hunting dog, he earned great merits and achieved worldwide fame from the 1950s onwards.


As we said, the Basset Hound was originally a hunting dog, perhaps a little slower because of its stature, but with an excellent nose, perseverance and determination. This dog still likes to be outside, loves to run and is indeed sporty. But it is also a real family dog. He is sensitive, gentle, patient and a real children's friend. Although its typical melancholic look suggests otherwise, it is a cheerful and playful dog. But beware, he can be stubborn at times and needs a patient owner who can still educate him strictly. The Basset Hound is not a watchdog, but its typical heavy voice can sometimes scare someone.


The Basset Hound is easy to maintain, it has a short-haired coat. Eyes and ears should also be checked regularly to prevent infections.

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