Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Breed Fact

Other names: Basset, Hush Puppy
Country of Origin: France, Great Britain
Hypoallergenic: No
Height: Female: Female: 28–36 cm, Male: 30–38 cm
Weight: Female: 20–27 kg, Male: 23–29 kg
Color: Brown & White, Tri-color, Red & White, Black & White, Lemon & White, Black & Brown
Life Expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Devoted, Gentle, Tenacious, Friendly, Sweet-Tempered, Affectionate.
Litter Size: 2 - 7 puppies
Health Problems: Do not overfeed these dogs because extra weight places too great a load on the legs and spine.

A Basset Hound can follow a scent trail which is hours old.

The head is large, with a rounded skull and pronounced occiput. The plane of the muzzle is parallel to the top of the skull.

The skin is loose-fitted and falls in folds on the head. The velvety ears are very long and should meet beyond the top of the nose. They should fold and not appear flat.

The large teeth should meet in a scissors or level bite. The lips hand down with loose flews. The sad brown eyes should show prominent haw. The expression should be kindly without any harshness. The Basset has a very pronounced dewlap. His chest is very deep and extends in the front of the forelegs. The paws are big and the hindquarters are round.

Dewclaws may be removed. The dogs movement should be deliberate, but not clumsy. The coat is short, hard and shiny. There are no rules concerning color, but it is usually white with chestnut or sand-colored markings.