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Basset Hound Dog Breed

The Basset Hound is a direct descendent of the Bloodhound. It was introduced in the 16th Century by nobles for the purpose of hunting small game such as badgers and rabbits.

Basset Hound Physical Characteristics

The Basset Hound has a heavy build with short legs and a large head. Its ears and eyes are most notably droopy.


Like other hounds, the Basset Hound is tri-colored.



Basset Hound Personality and Temperament

Activity Level

Low to Medium


The Basset Hound has a gentle demeanor and is good with kids or other pets.

Things to Consider

Like other hounds, the Basset Hound does howl, bark and drool frequently.

Basset Hound Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Basset Hound fares well in the country or city.

Special Requirements

Due to its predisposition for obesity, the Basset Hound requires regular exercise.

Basset Hound Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Basset Hounds:


Basset Hound History and Background

The Basset Hound was first mentioned in 16th-century text, which spoke of badger hunting. However, people have used short-legged breeds since ancient times. When such dogs were bred successfully to create the Basset Hound is anyone’s guess.

The pre-Revolutionary French used short-legged dogs for hunting, but not much was documented about these dogs. After the French Revolution, many common hunters required a dog that could be followed on foot. This dog also had to be strong, heavy-boned, and short-legged, with good scenting ability.

The Basset was a good choice, as the dog moves slowly, thereby allowing the hunter to attack the quarry easily. Although it normally used to hunt rabbits and hares, the Basset could hunt larger mammals as well. Four types of short-legged hound were eventually created, of which the Basset Artesien Normand was closest to the modern day Basset Hound.

The Basset was crossed with Bloodhounds in the late 1800s, in order to increase the dog’s size. The result was then crossed with the Artesien Normand. It was during the same period when the first Bassets were introduced to America and England, leading to the breed’s popularity. In the mid-1900s, the Basset became popular as a pet and also in the fields of entertainment and advertising, for its funny expression.

Because of its gentle, non-confrontational nature, the Basset Hound remains a favorite among dog fanciers, hunters and families today.

By: Chewy Editorial