A Noteworthy Nose: A Basset Hound Breed Guide

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Carrie Pallardy
If you are a fan of classic Disney movies, you might recognize Sherlock Holmes’s dog from “The Great Mouse Detective” as a Basset Hound. Basset Hounds are well known for their tracking abilities, thanks to their keen sense of smell. Long, floppy ears, soulful eyes, and an unmistakable howl are all part of the Basset Hound package. Learn more about the breed and what you can expect if you decide to live with one of these pups.

Short Legs, Long History

Basset Hounds are very low to the ground; their short legs are one of their most recognizable features. The breed can be traced back to the sixth century in France, according to the Basset Hound Club of America. The word “basset” roughly translates to “low” in French.
Friars who lived at the Abbey of St. Hubert developed the breed specifically to be low-to-the-ground tracking dogs, according to The Spruce Pets. The breed eventually grew in popularity as hunting companions for the French aristocracy. Basset Hounds became among the first breeds to be recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Breed Build and Coat

Basset Hounds might be short, but they are not particularly petite. They have a stocky build, with long, muscular bodies. Basset Hounds can weigh between 40 and 65 pounds, according to the AKC. The breed typically lives 12 to 13 years, during which they making loving and loyal companions.
The coat of a Basset Hound is close to the body and smooth; no fluffy, double layers for these dogs. The breed tends to be multicolored, a patchwork of colors including black, brown, white, tan, red, and yellow. Though the coat is short, Basset Hounds do shed. Regularly brushing your dog (about once a week) will help to keep shedding to a minimum. These pups love to get into trouble outdoors, so don’t be surprised if a semi-regular bath is necessary.

Loyal and Vocal

Basset Hounds are very loyal to their owners, but they do have a stubborn streak. The breed tends to be independent, and they love to follow their noses wherever they take them. It will take time and patience to train a Basset Hound, but the reward is well worth it. Basset Hounds are playful and affectionate, and they can be great companions to children. Keep in mind, the Basset howl is a signature of the breed. It is normal for these dogs to be vocal when they are excited.

What to Expect as a Basset Hound Owner

While bred as hunting companions, Basset Hounds are not as high-energy and driven as some other hunting breeds. A daily walk and some playtime will keep these dogs happy and healthy. Remember it will take dedication to properly train these oftentimes obstinate dogs. 
If you have your heart set on a Basset Hound, the Basset Hound Club of America offers rescue resources to pair owners with pups in need of a home. Additionally, Guardian Angel Basset Rescue serves Illinois, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri. Happy hunting for your Basset!


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  1. https://basset-bhca.org/about-bassets/history-of-the-basset-hound/


  1. https://www.thesprucepets.com/basset-hound-breed-profile-4795766


  1. https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/basset-hound/


  1. https://basset-bhca.org/find-a-basset/basset-rescue/


  1. https://www.bassetrescue.org/

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