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Basset Hound

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 60 lbs.

Height: 14"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Health Problems: Prone to illness and require more veterinary care than most dogs. Patellar luxation; elbow dysplasia; ectropion/entropion; glaucoma; otitis externa; cervical vertebral instability; epilepsy; bleeding disorders; lymphoma

Origin: France

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting, Show Dog

Exercise Needs

The Basset Hound requires moderate exercise.

Grooming Needs

The Basset Hound needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing. Must check ears regularly.


Basset Hounds are a friendly and easy-going breed.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children, these dogs are happiest when with their families.


A descendant of French scenthounds, this breed dates back to the 16th century when it was used as a pack hound to hunt small game.