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New Owners Guide


The Basset Hound is an old breed originating in France in the 15th Century. They were bred as hunters with a good and persistent nose, and dwarfed to make them slower and more manageable on foot. The origins of the breed must always be remembered, as it still dominates their characters. They are pack animals. Their owners are regarded as members of the pack and it is natural for a Basset to try and work his way up in the pecking order, hoping to become the leader. This is tried out in various ways, and part of their charm for many is in their stubborn disobedience. This is especially true of dog hounds, and owners should always be firm with a puppy - if you give in to those appealing eyes when he misbehaves, you will have a hard job later on. On the other hand, Basset Hounds are quite a sensitive breed and any heavy handedness should be avoided.

The New Owners Guide can be downloaded from the Downloads page.

Breed Standard


Short legged hound of considerable substance, well balanced, full of quality. It is important to bear in mind that this in a working hound and must be fit for purpose therefore should be strong, active and capable of great endurance in the field.


Tenacious hound of ancient lineage which hunts by scent, possessing a pack instinct, a deep melodious voice.

The full Breed Standard can be downloaded from our Downloads page.

Code of Ethics

  1. Properly house, feed, water and exercise all hounds under your care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
  2. Keep your hound's vaccinations up to date and worm regularly.
  3. Do not allow your hounds to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to any of your neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

The full The Basset Hound Club Code of Ethics can be downloaded from our Downloads page.

Basset Hound Club Rules

  1. To promote the welfare of the Basset Hound and to encourage its breeding in accordance with the Standard laid down by the Kennel Club.
  2. To hold Shows, Working Trials and to promote classes for the breed at other Shows. 
  3. To assist and facilitate the activities of all Members and to advise and encourage those Members who have no previous experience of the breed. Such activities may include Showing, Hunting and Working Trials.

The Basset Hound Club Rules can be downloaded from our Downloads page.


Membership subscriptions include third party insurance to cover you and your hound(s) at official Basset Hound Club or Regional Branch events in the UK. Members of the Basset Hound Club are eligible to join Regional Branches. For more information contact the Branch Secretary for your area.

The Branches circulate their own Newsletters, which usually contain up to date lists of their activities.

Any changes or last minute alterations are carried in the Breed Notes of "Our Dogs" or "Dog World".


Subscription Rates:

UK - £9 Single or £10 Joint (two individuals of the same household)

Overseas Membership (Eire/EU/Rest of World) - £15 payable in sterling - includes airmail (we are now charging the same overseas membership rate)

All those wishing to pay by Standing Order are asked to use the form supplied by the Honorary Secretary: 

Mr Colin Gillanders, 

Flat 02, 

1 Branklyn Court, 

Academy Park, 


G13 1GL

Tel: 0141 959 6050/ 07720 534843 

Email to: Colin Gillanders 

Download the Membership Application Form from the Downloads page.

If you do not pay by standing order please make sure your subs are up-to-date. The appropriate amount is shown above and payment should be sent to the Honorary Treasurer:

Miss Judith Murray

154 Barmpton Lane, 


Co Durham, 


Download the Subscription Renewal Slip from the Downloads page.

Club Organisation

Officers and Committee


Mrs CE Cartledge

Vice President

Mrs Joan Scott-Goldstone


Mr Nigel Luxmoore-Ball

Vice Chairman

Mrs Debbie Ellrich

Honorary Treasurer

Miss Judith Murray

Honorary Secretary

Mr Colin Gillanders

Committee Members

Mrs Nicky Beale

Miss Rebecca Ellrich

Mrs Kirsty Freudenreich

Mrs Gill Henderson

Mrs Sally Money

Mrs Debbie Newman

Mrs Fran Parkes

Mrs Linda Skerritt

Mrs Denise Taylor

Regional Representatives

London & Northern Home Counties

Mrs Linda Skerritt 


Mrs Gill Henderson