Height: 13”- 15”
Weight: 40 - 60 lbs
Lifespan: 9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size: 8
Basset hounds are good hunters. They are scent hounds, bred to hunt by scent.
This breed has the stamina to hunt day after day in widely varying terrain, often with dense undergrowth and in all weather conditions.
The name Basset derives from the French word "bas" meaning "low" or "dwarf".
Basset hounds has short coat. It is dense, hard and smooth making it water resistant. Generally, bassets are tricolor (black, tan, and white),
open red and white (red spots on white fur), closed red and white (a solid red color with white feet and tails), and lemon and white.
They have long, low-set ears and powerful necks, with much loose skin around their heads that forms wrinkles. This fold of skin are useful for trapping and holding the scent.
There is little grooming required for Basset Hounds. They do however like to paddle through the wet and mud but they clean up easily due to their short close coat. Their coat shed constantly.
Combing and brushing with a firm bristle brush will help minimize the shedding. Ears should be check and clean regularly. Keep the claws short, and clean the folds of the skin when necessary.
Basset hounds are calm, companionable breed, affectionate, devoted, quiet, fun loving, gentle and peaceful. They make a good companion for with older and more respectable children.
Bassets love food and they will beg for more food. They are less energetic than other breeds and sometimes stubborn and lazy. It is good to give them a regular routine like long walk and hiking.
They also enjoy tracking games that let them use their powerful nose. Training for this dog is a must. It takes a lot of patience and consistency. It is the key to successful training.