History & Overview
Originally bred as a scent hound for areas with dense cover, the Basset Hound is a “big” dog with short legs, huge ears, wrinkly skin, massive paws and droopy eyelids. They are well known for having a very keen sense of smell second only to the Bloodhound.
Despite not being a watchdog, they will bark at the approach of strangers if taught to do so. The Basset is a great family dog. He is gentle with children and very tolerant of their activities. He loves everybody equally and gets along with most other pets.
The Basset is powerful and heavy for his height and should not be considered by owners who want a small dog. He is gentle in disposition and devoted to master and family. Bassets have a deep, baritone musical voice that is loved by hunters but not always by neighbors in an urban setting.
Although normally placid, he has surprising agility and energy on the hunt. Being an independent dog by nature, he needs discipline training to be an ideal house pet. He also needs a lot of exercise to avoid obesity.
At A Glance
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FCI Classification: Group 6: Scent hounds and related breeds; small-sized hounds (with working trial)
AKC Classification: Hound Group
13 – 15 inches at shoulders (FCI)
14 inches maximum (AKC)
The AKC Standard: Any recognized hound color is acceptable and the distribution of color and markings is of no importance.
FCI Standard: Generally black, white and tan (tri-color); lemon and white (bi-color); but any recognized hound color acceptable. The FCI standard is based on the standard of the member club of the country of origin or patronage.