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Basset Hound

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I've got a grand basset griffon vonde.  Ellie

   The short stocky Basset Hound, originally bred to hunt rabbits, is a quiet dog in the house but likes to be active when it gets outside.

Basset Hounds make great pets. They are friendly, gentle, and well behaved. They are very affectionate and respond well to consistent training. Basset Hounds are prone to hip, knee, and elbow problems, so it is important to consider this when choosing one. Hereditary disorders include Von Willebrand disease and hyperthyroidism.

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris
Basset Hounds
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Basset Hounds Dogs 101

Common Name(s) Basset Hound

Breed Type The Basset Hound is a small scent hound. The Basset Hound was originally bred to hunt rabbits, and they are still used for that purpose today.

Background Basset Hounds originated in France, and are a descendent of the St. Hubert's Hound, which was similar to the Bloodhound. They were favored by rabbit hunters because of their short stature and excellent sense of smell. In the early 1900s, efforts were undertaken to develop a hunting line and a companion line of these dogs. Today's standard is a combination of both.

Description Basset Hounds are usually white in color, with black and tan, red, honey, or lemon markings. They have long, droopy ears, large heads, long muzzles, and loose skin. Males average 12-15 inches long and 50-60 pounds, while females are 11-14 inches long and 45-60 pounds.

Care and Feeding Basset Hounds thrive on foods containing poultry, lamb, wheat and corn. They are prone to bloat, so it is advisable to feed them three small meals each day.
They shed constantly, so regular brushing is important. They should be shampooed as needed, and their toenails need regular trimming. Basset Hound breeders often have their dog's dewclaws removed at around 3 days of age.
Annual checkups are recommended, and vaccinations should be administered as follows:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

If you keep your Basset Hound indoors, regular vacuuming will be necessary. These dogs also have a distinct scent, so frequent cleaning of carpet and furniture is a must.

Housing Your Dog Basset Hounds can be kept indoors or outdoors. They are inactive when kept inside, but enjoy running when outdoors. This breed makes a good apartment dog, but it needs regular exercise.

Social Behaviors Basset Hounds are very easygoing, and they can get along with just about anyone. They also do nicely with other animals, and they are great with kids.

Handling and Training The Basset Hound can be slow to housebreak and stubborn. They are good at learning obedience and tricks, however, as long as you train them gently and consistently.

Activities Basset Hounds are not excessively active, but they do need plenty of exercise. Long daily walks are necessary, and they also need to play often. If they have a place to play outdoors, they will do so with little encouragement.

Breeding/Reproduction When looking for a mate for your Basset Hound, it is important to check bloodlines for Von Willebrand disease and reproductive problems. This breed often has large litters, sometimes producing 15 or more puppies.

Common Health Problems Basset Hounds are prone to joint problems, and this can be exacerbated by their tendency to jump up and down. Regular checkups can help ensure that their joints stay healthy. Other concerns include possible paralysis due to their body structure. This is somewhat preventable by making sure your dog maintains a healthy weight.

Availability Basset Hounds are fairly easy to find, with breeders in most areas. They may also be found in pet stores. Prices average $500-$700.

References "Basset Hound", Wikipedia, Copyright 2008
"Basset Hound", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
Cusick, William D., ""What to Feed a Basset Hound", Referenced online, 2008
Welton, Michelle, "Basset Hounds: What's Good About ‘Em? What's Bad About ‘Em?", Copyright 2000-2008
"Basset Hound Puppies for Sale", Copyright, LLC, Referenced online, 2008

Lastest Animal Stories on Basset Hound

Ellie - 2013-02-10
I've got a grand basset griffon vonde.

  • Ellie - 2013-02-10
    He's called brioche!
  • Catherine - 2016-03-27
    Hi Ellie, We have a GBGV also. He is our first. We always had Rotties or Danes, but now me being in a wheel chair, when our last BIG guy died we found this guy from Sidekick Kennels in Florida at the recomendation of the Dane breeder in Va.This could happen in any setting.We live in the woods so this is life and death. After he mastered obedience training I got him a Sportsdog brand training collar,and we use the vibration and beeping settings to help him learn our property lines. Works very well. We have never used the shock and would only in extreme danger such as a bear, bob cat, or coyote. Rufus is mr. Personality plus, happy happy, boy, loves all people and all living things.Wonderful companion.There is a GBGV club on line.Corey Bennedict and Brent Humphries are the breeders and would be overjoyed to hear from you!
Marie - 2009-08-04
Basset Hounds... There is so much to say about the beautiful, loyal, funny, adorable hound. I can talk 24/7 about bassets. :) I have the pleasure to share my life with two bassets, who are my pride and joy. They add so much joy to my life, I could never be without my much loved bassets.

  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-10
    These dogs like to bark.  If they get a scent be prepared for a lot of barking.  If barking is an issue for you, this is not the right dog.
  • john - 2012-08-10
    we are thinking of adopting a 1 year old basset, but are afraid that he might bark alot?? also do they bark alot when outside, if we go to the store? thankyou john
r c lee - 2011-06-28
Our SPIRIT, the human dog, as we call him is just over 9 years old. He is easily the best dog and friend anyone can ever have. He is smart but still laid back enough for our aging years. Great dog. Will never have any other kind.

  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    It is so great when we have our human pets as part of our family. Glad you enjoy.
knoten - 2009-04-19
Basset hounds are the best dogs! I have always had a basset and will never want another breed.

  • Bassett mama - 2011-01-05
    I have adopted a lovely new member into our family named Meatloaf! I have changed his food from Beneful to Wellness whitefish and potatoes which he loves. My dilemma is that he produces too much oil and has a yeast smell. What do you normally feed your hounds? I would like to get an idea of what works well for oily skin and a healthy diet.