Breed Spotlight: Bassett Hound

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Life Expectancy:  10 - 15 years
Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
Weight:  50 - 65 lbs.
Height: 14- 16 inches

Where Does the Bassett Hound Rank?

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.


The Basset Hound’s lazy and stubborn streak makes her difficult to train. With positive reinforcement, generally the use of treats, Basset Hounds can be trained.

Shedding Friendliness

The Basset Hound does shed throughout the year but, with weekly brushing, the amount of fur found around the house is minimal. 

Ease of Grooming

Your Basset should be brushed on a weekly basis to maintain healthy skin and coat.


The Basset Hound is susceptible to obesity, back problems, glaucoma, bloat and other issues which can make their health care costs higher than other dog breeds.

Exercise Needs

In comparison to other dog breeds, the Basset Hound does not require a significant amount of exercise and actually prefers not to exercise. You should be certain to exercise your Basset to prevent him from becoming obese.

Good with Children

The Basset Hound can be laid back and very good with children.

Barking Restraint

Barking is generally not a problem with this breed.

What You Need to Know About Bassett Hounds


The Basset Hound is extremely laid back. He gets along well with everyone whether they are people or other animals. They do not become excited often but may get up if they detect a scent they like. Although he is extremely calm, he does make an excellent watchdog.


Bassets are known to be challenging throughout their training. Housetraining a Basset may also prove to be difficult. Positive training methods are crucial. 


The Basset Hound has smooth, short hair. Their fur is dense enough to protect them against all types of weather. Their coat does not require extensive grooming. Weekly brushing is sufficient. They also rarely need baths but should be washed if you begin to smell a foul odor.

Health Problems

  • Obesity - Obesity is commonly found in Bassets. Bassets are extremely lazy and will overeat if given the opportunity. They should be given appropriate portions of food throughout the day to prevent obesity.
  • Bloat - Bloat is a life-threatening condition which is often caused by drinking or eating too quickly.
  • Panostenosis - Panostenosis is a bone disease sometimes found in young Basset Hounds. Puppies generally outgrow this condition by the time they are two years of age.
  • Glaucoma - Basset Hounds are prone to glaucoma which is a condition which results in high pressure in the eye. Glaucoma can lead to blindness if not treated in early stages.
  • Thrombopathia - This is a platelet disorder sometimes found in Basset Hounds which affects the ability of the blood to clot.
  • Invertebral Disc Disease - Basset Hounds are prone to back problems. This health condition may result in paralysis of the rear legs and loss of bladder and bowel control.

Common Health Issues for Basset Hounds

  • Otitis - middle ear infection
  • Dermatitis - inflammation of the skin
  • Masses
  • Periodontal Disease - infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone
  • Pyoderma - a bacterial infection of the skin
  • Gastroenteritis - inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract
  • UTI - urinary tract infection
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Conjunctivitis - pink eye

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