At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 60 lbs.

Height: 14"

Life Span: 10 - 12 years

Basset Hound

Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Hound

Origin: France

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting, Show Dog

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
Basset Hounds are a friendly and easy-going breed.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
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

Special Needs
Exercise: The Basset Hound requires moderate exercise.

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


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