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Understanding and Training a Basset Hound

Basset Hound

A good-natured, gentle and reliable dog, the Basset Hound is one of the more all-around friendly, yet also independent of breeds. Be careful, however, not to mistake this independence for aloofness, as the Basset does not like to be left alone, settling in the company of others, whether human or other animal.

Mildly stubborn, the Basset Hound responds well to patient obedience training. Exercise patience and an equally good sense of humour, as this dog can play the clown during training, but seldom is this behaviour problematic. Take the "disobedience" in stride and

continue training using much praise and encouragement, avoiding any harsh discipline, including excessive jerking on the lead.

Placid by nature, the breed may appear to resist exercise. Lack of appropriate exercise will contribute to weight & health problems, therefore be steadfast in the commitment to regular exercise regardless of whether they seem to want it or not.

The Bassett Hound is second to the Bloodhound in its scenting abilities. Walk to heel and recall are important exercises to ensure control of this breed that is more active, determined & stronger than it looks when on a scent trail.


Breed Profile


Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size:40 - 60 lbs (18 - 27 kg); 33 - 38 cm
  • General Temperament: Independent, Gentle & Friendly
  • General Description: A fun-loving & easy-going companion with few, often quite tolerable quirks.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience        x  
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required        
Activity Indoors       x  
Ease of Training      x    
Sociability with Strangers      x    
Grooming Requirements        


Brief History

A French descendent from the Bloodhound, and second to the Bloodhound as a scent dog, the Basset Hound was bred to hunt rabbits & hares, and can do so quite effectively in heavy cover due to its low-to-the-ground build. Today, however, the Basset Hound is primarily a companion.



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