Basset Hound

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Life expectancy

The Basset Hound has a life expectancy of between 8 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 13 and 15 in
Male Between 13 and 15 in

Adult weight

Female Between 55 and 66 lb
Male Between 55 and 66 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Basset Hound costs between £700 and £840

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More details about the Basset Hound

Basset Hound: Origins and history

He hails from the ‘Basset artésien normand’ (Norman Artesian Basset) which was imported from France to England mid last century, before being crossbred with the Bloodhound- this gave birth to specimens similar to the current breed, but smaller. The last stage in the breed’s development was carried out by the Americans, who took the breed ‘under their wing’ and fashioned a companion dog out of the former hunting dog. After a certain period during which the United States claimed ‘paternity’ over the Basset Hound breed, its official birthplace was (rightfully) reassigned to England by dog experts in 1987, and adopted the British official standards only.

FCI classification of the Basset Hound

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 1 : Scent hounds

Training a Basset Hound

Somewhat stubborn, the Basset Hound pup requires precocious, positive, firm and coherent training. Some boundaries and rules of conduct must be implemented as soon as possible to prevent him from developing any bad habits. 

As soon as a mutually trusting relationship is established, the Basset’s calm and easygoing nature will greatly facilitate the training process and actually render working with him remarkably pleasant.

Basset Hound: Purchase price

The price of a Basset Hound varies depending on its origins, age, and sex. You have to count an average of £840 for dogs registered at the Kennel Club. 

With regards to the monthly budget required to meet the needs of a dog this size, you have to estimate an average of £35 per month- including quality nutrition and classic yearly maintenance (vaccines, deworming, etc.).

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