Basset Hound


Developed in France as a low-legged trailer of small game, the Bassett Hound was highly popular during the reign of Napoleon. The Marquis de Lafayette brought them to the U.S. as a gift to President George Washington to use in his hunting expeditions.

In 1884, the first Basset Hound was exhibited at the Westminster Kennel Club show. Beloved companion of many, the Basset Hound continues to prove itself in conformation, obedience, tracking, hunting, and field trials.


Medium, but heavy boned; 14 inches, 40 to 60 pounds.


Hound colors: black, tan, and white markings; red with white; piebald.


Sweet, gentle, good natured; easygoing with children, other dogs, and pets.

Can be stubborn and slow moving when on the trail of a scent.

Energy level:

Low, but can have great stamina when hunting.

Best owner:

Patient trainer who lives in a home with a backyard.


Daily leashed walk; great tolerance of drool and dirt distributed by big feet and trailing ears; minimal grooming, but regular ear cleaning to avoid infections and odor.

Life expectancy:

10 years.