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Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are widely adored, short-legged and long-bodied hunting dogs that are considered great family companions.

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

Quick Facts


Height

Male: 12-15in

Female: 11-14in

Weight

Male: 51-64lb

Female: 44-60lb

Fun Fact

The Basset Hound was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1928.

About this Breed

The Basset Hound was bred in France to hunt small game. While the first mentions of the Basset dog were in a hunting book dating back to the 16th century, Basset Hounds likely descended from the 7th century St. Hubert Hound hunting dog from the Ardennes forest region of France. One line of these Hubert Hounds developed into the Bloodhound we recognize today, while another line likely developed into small legged, slow moving hunters that we call the Basset Hound. They grew popular and were imported to Britain and the US during the 19th century. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1935, and the charming Basset Hound surged in popularity around the mid 20th century, growing to be the widely adored canine it is today.

The Basset Hound is a short dog with particularly short legs compared to their standard sized body. Their droopy eyes and long flappy ears contribute to their overall unique appearance. Their striking image is matched by their intriguing personality – often stubborn but also playful and humorous. Basset Hounds make for affectionate family pets, once you overcome their stubbornness and are comfortable dealing with their plentiful drool. They shed regularly, requiring regular brushing while they also can demand weekly bathing to avoid their ‘hound odor’ becoming too much. This lovable breed is the 39th most popular dog.

Basset Hounds on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Basset Hound ancestry.

  • Leia

    Leia

    Purebred

    Butler

    Butler

    Purebred

    Daisy

    Daisy

    Purebred

    Teddy

    Teddy

    Purebred

  • Merryweather

    Merryweather

    Purebred

    Copper

    Copper

    Purebred

    Eleanor "Ellie"

    Eleanor "Ellie"

    Purebred

    Luna

    Luna

    Purebred

  • George Oscar Bluth Stevesies Sanderson-Summerlin (GOB)

    George Oscar Bluth Stevesies Sanderson-Summerlin (GOB)

    Purebred

    Daisy May McCutchan (Daisy)

    Daisy May McCutchan (Daisy)

    Purebred

    Booboo

    Booboo

    Purebred

    Baxter

    Baxter

    Purebred

Most Closely Related Breeds

Favorite Names

For Males

  1. Charlie
  2. Cooper
  3. Max
  4. Buddy
  5. Gus
  6. Ollie
  7. Fred
  8. Duke
  9. Buster
  10. Baxter

For Females

  1. Lucy
  2. Penny
  3. Bella
  4. Daisy
  5. Bailey
  6. Lola
  7. Molly
  8. Maggie
  9. Luna
  10. Millie

Common Locations

  1. Texas, United States
  2. California, United States
  3. Georgia, United States
  4. Virginia, United States
  5. Florida, United States
  6. New York, United States
  7. Tennessee, United States
  8. North Carolina, United States
  9. Missouri, United States
  10. Ohio, United States

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