Basset Hounds

At a glance
basset houndBasset Hounds are a long-bodied, low-legged, scent hound developed in medieval France.   One of the most distinct features of this breed is their prominent ears.  Although they can be stubborn at times, Bassets get along well with people, other dogs, pets and even children.  Moreover, due to their friendly nature, they are not ideal guard dogs and are welcoming to strangers. Despite their size, Basset Hounds are very lovable and are often happy being lap dogs.


  • Names –Basset Hound, Basset
  • Group – AKC: Hound Group; KC: Hounds
  • Size – medium
  • Life expectancy – 9 – 15 years (Basset Hounds live an average of 12 years).
  • Cost of ownership – medium
  • Ease of ownership – high
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – medium
  • Amount of Grooming – low
  • Ease of Training – medium
  • Obedience level – medium
  • Suitable for Children – high
  • Amount of Care Required – low
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – medium

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