Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 13-14 in (33-35cm)
Weight: 40-60 lb (I8.1-27.2kg)
Coat: Hard, smooth, short, and dense
Color: Generally black, white, and tan (tricolor) or lemon and white (bicolor), but any recognized hound color acceptable
|In common with members of the Greyhound family,
Basset-type dogs were depicted on the tombs of the
ancient Egyptians and so have obviously existed for a
long time. However, the Basset Hound is fairly recent,
having been developed in Britain from the late 1800s.
It was bred from the French Basset Artesien Normand
crossed with the Bloodhound to produce a slow but
sure dog that was used in tracking rabbits and hare.
The Basset Hound is now mainly kept as a
companion, pet, and show dog. It is a lovable animal
that gets on well with children, but needs lots of
exercise. Sweet-voiced and a superb tracker, it also
has a propensity to wander, and fencing is essential
if you own a Basset. The breed requires daily
grooming with a hound glove.