Breed Organization Basset Hound Club of America Website: http://www.basset-bhca.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names Basset Hound Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size Average 8 Puppies Breed Group AKC Hound
Breed Appearance The Basset Hound is a long, low, scenting hound of French ancestry. His many admirers consider him to be among the most
beautiful and unusual of all hounds, his dignified look owing in great part to a large, majestic head adorned with long, velvety ears, a wrinkled
brow and dark, soulful eyes. The Basset Hound remains one of the most easily recognizable of all dog breeds.
Breed Description Head: Large, massive. Domed skull. Prominent occipital peak.
Moderate stop. Bridge of nose slightly longer than skull. Cleanly
cut muzzle. Strong jaws. Skin loose enough to form wrinkles. Flews
cover most of lower lip. Ears: Set on low, very long, longer than tip of muzzle when
outstretched. Very supple, thin, narrow, and well-curled. Eyes: Diamond-shaped. Dark to medium-brown in variety with
light-colored coat. Conjunctiva of lower eyelid showing. Body: Long and deep. Muscular neck with dewlap. Prominent
sternum. Broad chest. Well-rounded ribs. Very muscular, well-sprung
hindquarters. Fairly broad back. Tail: Fairly long, thick at the base and tapering toward the
tip. In action, carried raised, curved loosely in saber fashion. Hair: Short, smooth, dense, but not too fine. Coat: Generally tricolor (black, tan, and white); bicolor
(lemon and white), but all hound colors are allowed. Size: 33 to 38 cm (13-15 in). Weight: 25-30 kg (33-44 lb).
History English breeders crossed French bassets (the Artesian Norman Basset,
the Artois Basset, and the Ardennes Basset) to arrive at the Basset
Hound. The breed was shown for the first time in Paris in 1863 and
in England in 1875, where it was developed. A Basset Hound club was
founded in England in 1883, and the first standard was published in
1887. Basset Hounds were brought to the United States as early as
1883 and were very popular. In 1967, a Basset Hound club was founded
in France to establish the breed.
Behavior The tenacious Basset Hound hunts with his nose, works instinctively
in packs, has a deep, melodious voice, and is not afraid of
brambles. He has great endurance and is placid, never aggressive-his
strong will and stubbornness are legendary. He is a skilled pack
hound, trailing small and medium-sized game (including rabbit, hare,
wild boar, and deer). Affectionate and gentle, he is a prized family
friend. He needs firm training.
Health Do not overfeed these dogs because extra weight places too great a load on the legs and spine. A
problem area is possible lameness and eventual paralysis because of short legs and a heavy, long body. As they are prone
to bloat, it is also wise to feed them two or three small meals a day instead of one large meal. If they do eat a large
meal keep an eye on them for several hours for any signs of bloat.
Advice This athlete needs space and lots of exercise. He does not tolerate
solitude or heat very well. He requires regular brushing and
attention to the ears and eyes.