Basset Hound

Also known as: Hush Puppy, Basset
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General description

Those who want a tame dog, capable of living in fairly small homes and fond of relaxing walks spent enjoying the natural environments will choose a Basset Hound. This is certainly a sensitive breed capable however of showing great loyalty and gratitude towards the owner. Basset Hounds can sometime be assertive when stimulated but they remain calm and tame even amongst other people and/or animals. Strong health and need for regular care. Within the average for a breed this size.

Basset Hound in short

Aspect and attributes

Characteristics accepts by FCI:

  • Colors: white, black, orange, seal
  • Hair: thick, smooth, short, long
  • Coats: double color, tricolor

The Basset Hound is one of the favorite breeds for owners of fairly small homes. We're talking about a rather small breed which stands out thanks to an almost "regal" tameness. This breed can discretely move around and, although its unique looks feature an elongated body and short, chunky legs these traits shouldn't fool you! Basset Hounds are actually quite heavy. This breed's bone structure is rather developed making the Basset quite a heavy dog.

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Costs and maintenance

Basset Hounds must be kept under control as it regards food. A Basset's size tend to deceive on its true greed. This is why Basset Hounds should be fed regular meals twice a day. This will also help keep your monthly food expenses under control and within range. There are no particular considerations as it regards aspects such as a Basset's general health, vaccines as a puppy, grooming or potential diseases that it may develop. This may also depend on owners and their ability to regularly check their dog.

Food is a Basset's weak spot but quite within the average

Characteristics Summary


Suitability to apartment life

Despite their heritage which positions them amongst the best pointers, Basset Hounds are perfect domestic pets. On top of being the perfect size to live in any type of apartment (even the narrowest one), it adapts to living in a block of units with a great sense of responsibility. Basset Hounds are capable of showing their calm and relaxed demeanor even in fairly noisy environments, making these qualities the prerogative for choosing this as the perfect breed in similar type of living arrangements.

Perfect in various size of apartments

Tolerance for solitude

This breed's tolerance towards being alone is one of its weak spots although, this aspect should be explained in detail. Basset Hounds are not inclined to complain when left alone, however they can become destructive and loud if left alone for extended periods of time. Although it is not a fussy type of dog, a Basset Hound doesn't tolerate being alone too well, especially if left with no easy access to food and water, nevertheless this breed will normally be responsible enough to understand the reasons of the owner's absence.

Always next to the owner

Suitable as first pet

One of the best qualities of this breed is the great companionship. It behaves well in the family environment, even if this is made up by a large number of people. Obviously, as any dog breed, it requires care especially early on however it is not considered dangerous or unsuitable to an inexperienced owner. As many other dog breeds, it is capable of being friendly even in crowded spaces without any sort of issue. Nevertheless, it is important to pay attention during training as Bassets require a certain amount of patience in this sense.

Suitable for different type of environments


A Basset Hound displays stoic calmness. This relatively small and apparently tame breed provides a great example of good temperament. The downside of this trait in a Basset will display during training when it can really challenge the owner's patience. Basset Hounds can sometime feel entitled to ignore the owner's commands. Nothing to worry about however it can be enough to keep owners busy trying to manage their own self-control.

Generally tolerant but rather sensitive at times

Tolerance for cold temperatures

Basset Hounds tolerate outdoor living quite well. However, this is not a breed suitable for those living in cold climates. This is why other breeds were more often chosen over Basset Hounds to assist man during hunting trips. A Basset Hound can be strongly affected by extreme climates however this is not an excuse to keep your pet locked up in the house all day during cold winter afternoons. Cover your Basset with a jacket and take it for a stretch.

A breed that is more comfortable in the house

Tolerance for high temperatures

Extreme heat is not suitable for a Basset Hound. Despite the weather and due to its general relaxed and calm behavior inside the house it may be difficult to tell if your pet is suffering from high temperatures. Another reason to strengthen your knowledge on this breed and understand a Basset's needs, especially during extremely hot weather or sultriness. This means owners should pay close attention to their pet's hydration and diet to avoid making the Basset Hound uncomfortable.

Little towards extreme heat

Friendliness and sociability

Affection towards family

One of this breed's strong points. A Basset Hound's affection towards its family is among the standards for the breed. Growing up with this breed means forming a special bond that shows in all the typical daily activities, such as waking up in the morning, going for a walk or bedtime. This kind of bond strengthens with time and grows thanks to this breed's great intelligence and ability to interact even with children in a constructive way.

Very affectionate with its family

Friendly towards children

Absolutely adorable with children. This love is returned by children who are always curious and drawn to the Basset Hound, both in the house and outdoors, thanks to its unique facial expression. Basset Hounds don't mind being admired and always take the opportunity to interact with children in a playful way. It's important to remember that no dog should be left alone with children as they could approach the pet in the wrong way and trigger an unwanted bite.

Absolute love towards children

Relationship with strangers

As many other dog breeds, Basset Hounds should be raised and trained through proper socialization. The Basset Hound needs to learn to coexist with others even outside the house and amongst strangers or less familiar people. This fundamental aspect won't be difficult to ingrain in this breed thanks to the intelligence that defines it.

Very tolerant in various environments

Friendliness towards other dogs

The same directions already clarified in regards to the Basset Hound's ability to socialize with strangers should also be applied when socializing it with other dog breeds. It is helpful to clarify that Basset Hounds are quite tame even amongst other dogs and they're capable of developing a constructive interaction without causing any trouble for the owner who will nevertheless need to remain alert.

Perfect with proper training

Care and health

Coat care and shedding

As it regards shedding, this is a breed with a fairly short coat. Quite an advantage if we consider that Basset Hounds love spending their days in quite "sensitive" areas of the house such as carpets or even worse, couches and where different amounts of hair can easily build up. Nevertheless, Basset Hounds are quite easy to manage, provided that the owner is able to give them adequate and regular attention, specifically in the neck area.

Little shedding thanks to regular care

Salivation and drooling restraint level

Despite what one may think, this is one of the downsides of this type of dog. The face structure of a Basset is one of the criteria defining its salivation. This is an issue that requires special attention from a caring owner and which occurs during specific instances of this amazing dog's daily life. Other than that, the Basset Hound falls within average excluding episodes of intense activity to which this breed is quite reluctant anyway.

Depending on the situation but within the average

Easiness to clean

In this regard, Basset Hounds are quite "well-mannered" and ready to understand situations that may cause it to get excessively dirty. This breed is not particularly fond of the countryside or any environment in the wilderness. A Basset appreciates the owner's attentions who should concentrate on regular grooming of this dog's most sensitive areas while in the house: the ears which are quite long and big as well as the skin around the jaw.

Special care of certain areas

Health and diseases

It is quite safe to say that a Basset Hound's general health is rather good throughout its entire life. As for any typical disease affecting other dog breeds, there should never be a lack of care on behalf of the owner. Especially in certain situations. For this reason it is advisable to closely monitor a Basset Hound after every meal as this is when most of the hassles and issues may arise, although they are still quite rare occasions.

Generally good health with some care

Tendency to gain weight

Some owners may turn their nose up when considering two features that perfectly intertwine: due to some clear physical impediments, Basset Hounds don't particularly care for jumping and running after objects or other animals. and they will only do so if motivated and stimulated by the environment however, in the majority of cases Bassets are calm and relaxed pets in any context. This is where the owner's ability to motivate a Basset to exercise at least once a day will be put to the test. A Basset Hound that doesn't exercise much will tend to put on weight and quite evidently.

Watch out for a Basset's figure

Learning skills

Intelligence and training

If you're thinking about getting away with little or no training for this breed, you are quite wrong. Basset Hounds need to be monitored and, sometimes, restrained. This unique trait can only be managed through early training, especially to soften some of the roughest features of the Basset Hound's nature which could turn it into a potential threat for fragile ornaments in the house. You can rely on the Basset's smooth intelligence.

Well developed intelligence requiring some patience during training

Loyalty and inclination to escape

Another aspect related to the owner's organizational skills during training. Bear in mind that Basset Hounds are quite quick in getting comfortable with the home environment, their spaces and their bed. This behavior goes hand in hand with the great display of affection towards the owner, the family and familiar people. There are not many chances in which this breed will venture too far away from the owner or for long periods of time.

Very loyal and little inclined to escaping

Inclination to bite

This trait in Basset Hounds is connected to the owner's ability to ingrain certain inputs that can help manage the interaction with other people. Basset Hound can sometime misunderstand signals coming from other animals or strangers, therefore on top of appropriate training it is important to understand when this breed requires closer attention. Always bear in mind that Basset Hounds are generally very tame and fond of relaxation.

Great control with proper training

Hunt drive

As it regards the ability to hunt a prey down or chase another animal that sparked its attention we must remember to clarify this breed's background. Basset Hounds were originally used to hunt and perform other tasks thanks to their perfect sense of smell however, nowadays this is no longer a feature connected to this breed's talent. Yes, this is a curious breed by nature that retains a certain desire to chase other animals nevertheless this is a type of activity that a Basset performs only sporadically.

Curious and with a great sense of smell

Inclination to bark or howl

It often happens that a Basset Hound becomes curious in different situations. A Basset Hound's immediate reaction in these situations is to bark quite abundantly. Certain context may incite this reaction, specifically when in relation to prolonged solitude in spaces such as the house or perceived as quite small and dark throughout the entire day. This is clearly an extreme example that should be avoided so to not negatively affect your dog's mental health.

Withing average, never too loud

Exercise requirements

Energy level

Owners should be able to evaluate the amount of energy displayed by the Basset Hound. An owner that doesn't particularly care for a hyperactive dog may find that everyday life with this tame and calm breed is quite relaxing and satisfying. A Basset Hound can be quite smooth in its movements, for example there won't be a need to control tension nor an uncontrollable rush even when on lead. Basset Hounds know how to be moderate in any situation.

Apartment type of dog that needs stimulation


Strength is not a prerogative in a Basset Hound. In the majority of situations in which this breed will find itself on a daily basis there are no signs of a particularly vigorous behavior. A Basset will perfectly adjust to its owner's pace on its daily walk with no tendency to engage in any strenuous activity. Nevertheless, it is important to train a Basset as a puppy in order to avoid unwanted behaviors and, most of all, exposing it to any stressful situation.

Great self-control and tameness

Exercise requirements

This trait in Basset Hounds is linked to the possibility of becoming quite evidently obese, if raised in too much of a sedentary and comfortable lifestyle especially in relation to their daily diet. Never pander excessively to this calm breed's habits. Daily walks must be consistent to maintain a perfect health and pleasant figure. A habit that Basset Hounds will learn to develop as young puppies.

Regular exercise to keep your Basset fit

Tendency to play

Enabling playtime further develops a Basset Hound's need for daily activity. Although it is not a defining trait in this breed, Basset Hounds can be great playmates if motivated by the owner. This is why it's important to refer to a type of training that stimulates this kind of activity, to avoid raising a bored dog and to further motivate its socialization with people and other animals.

Responsive only if stimulated

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