The Basset Hound: A Complete Guide

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If you want to surprise your family with a dog that is an excellent tracker, but also one of the best family dogs that LOVE playing with the kids, the Basset Hound might be an excellent choice.

These short-legged, long-eared hounds are excellent hunters and will make a perfect companion for those of you who are hunters.

But, that doesn’t mean they can’t live a less demanding life, in a home or an apartment, with a loving family.

However, to make sure you find the perfect Basset Hound puppy, you have to cover all the possible angles.

Luckily for you, we’ve already covered them, thus, the in-depth guide.

You will get an insight into what you need to keep in mind when deciding where and which puppy to buy.

As well as how to properly take care of it from the moment you buy it from the breeder.

To start it off, let’s check out the important things to know before actually buying a puppy.

The Basset Hound Puppies – Before You Buy…

Basset Hound
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There are three important questions you need to ask yourself before even considering getting a Basset Hound Pup. Those three questions are:

  • Does the price of a puppy fit my budget?
  • How can I find a reputable breeder?
  • How well do I know how living with a Basset puppy looks like?

And, here are the answers to these important questions.

What price are the Basset Hound puppies?

For an excellent-quality Basset Hound puppy, from a recognized by the AKC, breeder, with all the necessary health documentation and the rights for breeding and competing in dog shows…

Well, you will have to have a deep pocket.

Such puppies go up to $6K. But, if you are looking for a family home dog that you plan on spoiling and loving, the price will significantly drop and you can expect it to be somewhere around $800 to $1K.

How to find reputable Basset Hound breeders?

Whether you knew it or not, the price of the puppy tells you more about the breeder than one might think.

Almost every time, if the Basset Hound puppy selling-ad offers a price of under $600, you are either looking at a puppy mill add or a backyard breeder ad trying to cash in on his dog.

Whichever the case is, you want to avoid such offers because, for example, the backyard breeders usually lack the much-needed breeding process experience.

This means that even if they manage to produce a completely healthy litter (in most cases, they don’t), there’s no guarantee that the pups will have the breed standard temperament.

The breeder is unaware of his dog’s mating partner’s temperament, as well as the father’s genetic material.

As for puppy mills, that is the worst possible place you can buy a puppy from, regardless of the breed.

These “farms” have one single purpose, produce as many litters as possible, with the breed that is currently wanted on the market.

The conditions in which the parent dogs live, as well as the conditions in which the pups are born and “treated”, are horrible. And we are understating the “horrible” in this case.

Mill puppies are at 99% sick or in a bad health shape right from the moment you buy them. Plus, there’s no telling what other health issues they carry in their genes, as none of these dogs are health tests cleared.

Therefore, when you see an ad that states that the breeder is recognized by the AKC.

Plus, if his dogs have many trophies and all look completely healthy and perfectly developed, you know that you are dealing with a reputable breeder.

Such a breeder will be happy to spend some of his time with you to first get to know you and see if this breed is a match for both your character and the lifestyle.

Secondly, he will share every aspect of being a Basset Hound owner, and give you plenty of advice about the pup’s care, training, feeding, and even give you a diet schedule for your pup.

Which we highly recommend you follow because the breeder knows the breed very well and is your best shot at having a healthy and happy dog.

3 Little-known facts about the Basset Hound puppies

An adult and puppy Basset Hound
Basset Hounds have short legs and they seem small.

We have reached the part where you get to know how it looks like living with a Basset Hound puppy.

  • Housebreaking can take a while

Basset Hound puppies are… Well, puppies. But, they are hounds, after all, and that means juvenile stubbornness and complications with housebreaking and early training stages.

We recommend seriously considering crate training if you don’t want a messy home in the first few months of your life together.

  • They are droolers

Due to their loose skin in the mouth area, the Bassets are all about waterworks! If you don’t want dog drool all over the floor each time he drinks the water or smells food, you might consider choosing a different breed.

  • High-maintenance ears

Since they have really long ears that are constantly dragged over whatever they are walking on, bassets need constant ear maintenance.

That especially goes when the weather is wet outside. Your Basset’s long ears will get all wet and muddy, and he will need a thorough cleaning once you are back home.

Physical Traits of the Basset Hound

This is the part where we get more “Physical”. Here, you will get familiar with the full-grown size of your dog, as well as with how long you can expect him to be a part of your family.

How big is a full-grown Basset Hound?

In general, the Basset Hounds height goes up to 14 inches at shoulders.

On the other hand, even though they are short, they are by no means lightweight.

In fact, if you have stairs in your home, and knowing that these dogs shouldn’t climb or go down the stairs, the fact that you will have to carry from 50 to 65 pounds each day… It doesn’t sound that fun, does it?

So, take their weight and short legs combination into consideration before deciding to become a Basset Hound owner.

What is the life expectancy of the Basset Hound?

The Basset Hounds are not long-livers, despite the fact they take everything slow and don’t stress themselves too much.

But, an average lifespan of 12 to 13 years is not that short either and leaves plenty of room for a bunch of happy memories and cute family album photos.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Basset Hound

A Basset Hound looking at you
Basset Hound can be complicated to train due to its stubbornness.

These slow-paced hunting dogs have earned their top spot on the most favorite pet dog breeds list.

They have all the traits people love about dogs, affection, easy-going attitude, and aren’t high-energy dogs that can’t seem to wear themselves out.

When indoors, the Basset Hounds are in most cases, lazy and just want to lay around and watch TV while being cuddled by someone from the family.

They are exceptionally loyal to their families, and they get along great with small kids and other pets.

And, they don’t like being left alone in the home for extended periods. In such cases, they will get bored and start making a mess all over the house.

That is why they require early training and socialization so that they can be left alone and not harm other pets if you have them.

But, keep in mind that the training can get complicated because they tend to be stubborn from time to time. Especially while they are young.

They become extremely stubborn if they pick up a scent and want to investigate what that scent is.

In these situations, your Basset can run away following the scent, while completely ignoring your calls and hand-waving.

That is why if you have a yard, you need to make sure there are no weak spots, while during the walks, he needs to constantly be on a leash.

There is a way to get his attention even if he is following a trail – Treats.

Though, that is a blade with two sharp ends because Bassets can easily refuse to do anything if the treat isn’t offered first.

So, you should use treats only as a last resort.

However, despite the fact that they are a stubborn little breed, Bassets make great training students if you have a soft yet determined approach.

You have to treat them kindly because they are very sensitive and can refuse the training quite easily.

In the end, if you are a patient person, and can get over his stubbornness, you will have one adorable companion that despite his tendency to show his opinion for everything, can be very sweet and lovable.

Basset Hound Diet

When it comes to feeding your Basset Hound the right way, all we can say is – Dry Kibble. This breed seems like it has been born for this type of food.

They will stay healthy and develop properly on dry kibble, but you need to make sure it contains enough nutrients, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates your dog requires.

While a pup, you will need to feed him 3 to 4 times a day.

But, when he becomes an adult, his feeding schedule will switch to 2 meals a day.

How much Exercise does a Basset Hound need?

Even though they don’t need the exercise levels some larger dogs need, the Bassets shouldn’t just lie around on the floor or the sofa the whole day.

That will lead to overweight and obesity problems.

For that reason, your Basset will need regular daily exercise.

Sure, he won’t run that fast and won’t run for hours, but a half an hour walk combined with some 20 minutes of exercise in the park, will keep your dog healthy and slim.

The Basset Hound Health and Conditions

Speaking of the Basset’s health, this breed is known as a rather healthy one. But, certain health conditions are associated with this breed and here is what you should be aware of:

  • Von Willebrand disease
  • Joint and back problems
  • Ear infections
  • Heart diseases
  • Allergies
  • Bloat
  • Eyelash and eyelid problems
  • Glaucoma

This is why you need to ask the breeder about the medical history of your pup’s bloodline, and to take special care of his eyes and ears and clean them every time you get back from a walk.

Also, here are some more basset breeds:

My final thoughts on the Basset HoundA Basset Hound walking on the grass

We have reached the end of your Basset Hound guide.

If you’ve read carefully, you now know that the Bassets are one of the most kindest-natured and the easiest going dogs in the world.

There might be variations in their temperament, but one thing is sure, they all love to clown around, especially when the whole family is together.

They all love kids and get along with other animals, even cats, as long as they are trained and socialized properly and early.

But, this isn’t the most lightweight breed and you might be surprised when your pup reaches full maturity, how bulky and heavy he is.

Sure, they have short legs and seem small, but once you have to pick them up and carry across the steps, you will feel the 50 to 60 pounds of weight.

Also, you should always keep in mind that this is a hunting dog, a hound, and that means that most of the time he thinks with his nose.

And, that very nose can get your Basset into a lot of trouble if you don’t have a properly fenced yard or not walk him with the leash on all the time.

They can be complicated to train due to their stubbornness, but if you have plenty of love and patience and have a positive approach, you will end up with a wonderful companion that will follow you you’re your adventures. Slowly, but surely!

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