Basset Hound Breed Profile


The Basset Hound is a very friendly breed of dog. They are very lovable, but also very forgetful. Basset Hounds love to please and play all the time, as they are highly energetic.

Family/Child Friendly

Bassets are very people friendly and make a great pet for children. However, because they have a tendency to get into loads of trouble if not watched constantly, they will need another pet to keep them occupied. Bassets love children and get along okay with other pets as well.

Lifespan and Weight

The lifespan of a Basset is around 10 to 12 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for a Basset is around 50 to 65 lbs.

Common Diseases

As lovable as Bassets are, they aren't without their fair share of health problems. Some of the problems include, but are not limited to glaucoma, luxating patella, thrombopathia, vol willebrand disease, hipothyroidism, hip dysplasia, elbow dyplasia, cancer, dermatologic, reproductive, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal and ear diseases.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Bassets are notoriously difficult to housebreak, but it can be done with lots of patience. This breed of dog is an average shedder, needing only to be brushed every other day.

Best Owner Compatibility

Basset Hounds, despite their medium size, are not suitable for apartments and condos. Not good for the frequent traveler either. This breed of dog hates to be left alone so another pet in the form of a dog or cat to keep them company is a must. Needs a yard to play in and an owner with lots of love and attention to give.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy a Basset is from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

Owning a Basset is generally affordable for the right person. Prices can range from $550 to $800 and more.

Aggression Factor

Generally not aggressive unless abused or neglected. Can become neurotic if left alone with nobody to play with.

Noise Factor

Bassets love to bay, bark, and howl. This is the main reason they are not suited for the apartment and condo environment!

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