Basset Hound

Hound Group

Basset Hound lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

<14 in

Weight

40-60 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-13 yrs

History

The Basset Hound's ancestors were French hounds bred in the 6th century by St. Hubert of Belgium. Around 1000 CE, early Basset-type hounds were known as St. Hubert's Hounds. Until after the French Revolution, only nobles could hunt on horseback, making short-legged dogs that could be followed on foot highly desirable. The name "basset" comes from the French word "bas", meaning "low". The modern Basset Hound was developed in England during the late 19th century by crossing French and English bassets with Bloodhounds.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Basset Hounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆☆

★★★★☆

★☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★


Energy Level

★★


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Friendly, happy, calm, and low energy at home

May be stubborn and difficult to motivate during training

True pack animals that love being around family and other pets

Can become nuiscance barkers or otherwise destructive if bored of left alone for long

Known to wander and become oblivious to their surroundings once they catch a scent, which can lead them straight into traffic