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Basset Hound

General Description

Short legs, characteristic long droopy ears. They have smooth short coats and can be red and white or tri-coloured. Powerful, heavy boned and robust animals.

General Health

Bassets can suffer from bone and joint disorders and deformities, lameness in the front legs and shoulders. They can also suffer from ear infections.

Hereditary Illnesses

There have been cases of epilespy, and hip dysplasia. Also recorded, Von Willebrand disease.


Character and Temperament

They are calm and playful, which makes them an ideal pet to have around children and other animals. Although bassets will bark at intruders, they are not aggressive. They do not like being left on their own so the constant company of either another dog or a human is needed to keep this breed happy. They do have a tendency to be stubborn and will not listen especially if they pick up a scent trail when out and about.


Bloating caused by too much food and not enough exercise is common in Bassets so small meals little and often are recommended. Calcium supplements should not be given without consulting a vet. Puppies may require certain supplements in large litters.


Daily walks, on a lead recommended, as when off the lead can follow scents to wherever they may go!


Bassets like mud, so brush whenever neccessary. Their ears need checking regularly for signs of infection.


Bassets were bred in France in the 1600's and then brought to England at the end of the 1800's where they became popular with royalty.


Queen Alexandra won Crufts with a basset in 1909.

Bassetts are not easy to mate and whelping can be slow.


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Average Litter Size

8, although 15 is not unheard of!

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