The website of the basset hound club

Guide for new owners


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

General Appearance
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.