Bassett Hound

The Basset Hound has been an American favorite ever since Elvis Presley sang, “You Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog” to a Basset Hound named Sherlock on the Steve Allen show in 1956. This breed’s long ears and sad eyes have stolen the hearts of many families looking for a huggable puppy.

Common Characteristics

  • Size: 51 to 100 pounds
  • Lifespan: 6 to 15 years
  • Pet purchase cost: $501 to $1000
  • Allergies: Moderate
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Primarily suited for indoors


Common Reasons for Surrender

Often, Basset Hounds find themselves in shelters or rescues for reasons that have little to do with the breed—families move into housing that does not allow dogs, the owner passes away, or the individuals simply cannot afford to care for their Basset any longer. In some situations, the Basset exhibits behavioral problems, which can often be addressed with training.


Known for their long ears and droopy eyes, Basset Hounds have earned the reputation as an ideal family dog due to their gentleness, outgoingness, loyalty, and friendliness. While many people have the misconception that Bassets are inactive dogs, in reality, they love playing, walking, and interacting with their families.


Basset Hounds know what they want, and they aren’t afraid to vocalize it. Be prepared to deal with a very vocal dog and the stubbornness that is often common with the breed.


Short dogs with short legs, Basset Hounds can easily become overweight. To ensure a healthy weight, feed your Basset a high quality dry dog food, preferably without grain. If you opt to give your dog treats, which should be given in moderation, choose something that is high quality, not sold in grocery stores.


In addition to feeding in moderation, your Basset will also need daily walks to keep his weight down. Because Bassets are hound dogs, expect your dog to want to follow every scent he picks up during your walks.

Possible Health Problems

Health problems particular to the breed include ear infections, eye issues, and back problems.


Grooming your Basset can also provide the ideal time for bonding. A daily brush is essential to keeping your Basset Hound’s coat healthy while you should bathe him on a regular basis. Trim his nails as needed, and talk to your veterinarian about regular dental cleanings.


Because of their natural stubbornness, Bassets can prove a handful when training. Training may take longer, so go into it with a healthy dose of patience and positivity; most dogs respond best to positive reinforcement training.


Throw your Basset a ball, and he’ll happily run after it. Bassets love to play ball, and most love playing with other dogs. If you don’t have another dog, you may want to explore a local dog park that will allow your dog to play and get to know neighborhood dogs. Daily walks will also help keep your Basset healthy and happy.

We want to thank Arizona Basset Hound Rescue for help with this profile. 

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