Basset Hound


Thinking about adding an adorable Basset Hound to your family? You probably have many questions about their temperament, care requirements, and training. Keep reading to find the answers to these questions and to discover how to recognize reputable breeders.

Things to know before adopting a Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is a stubborn and loyal dog with a life expectancy of 12-13 years. He is very intelligent and known for his scenting ability. This breed requires a fenced backyard because they can roam far from home once they pick up a scent. They are social dogs who can become lonely if left alone for too long. Because of this, it may be a good idea to have other pets to keep him company.  Basset Hounds should be trained from an early age because they can become stubborn once they pick up a new scent to follow. 

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Basset Hound “stands no higher than 14 inches at the shoulder but, with his remarkably heavy bone, powerful little legs, and massive paws, he possesses big-dog strength and stamina.”

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Average size

Your loyal Basset Hound is a medium, sturdy breed. The average size of the dog is 15 inches tall at the shoulder and 40-65 pounds. Even though the Basset Hound may have short legs, they are solid and are not easy to carry once fully grown.

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Basset Hounds can be groomed weekly because they shed all year round. However, since they have a short, dense, water-repellent coat, they do not need many baths.  They require weekly ear cleaning because they are prone to ear infections. Nails must be trimmed and teeth brushed as well. 

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Basset Hounds require moderate exercise. They will enjoy walks once they are outside but are usually mild dogs who are happy lounging in the sun. Since they are prone to obesity, exercise is crucial for their overall health. Because they can easily injure their joints, discourage your puppy from jumping on and off furniture. 

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The Basset Hound is loyal, mild, and gentle. They get along well with children, dogs, and strangers. Once they find an interesting scent, however, they can become stubborn and refuse to follow commands. Early training and socialization are crucial for the development of your Basset Hound puppy. 

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Basset Hounds are fairly intelligent. However, they can be stubborn and difficult to train. Once trained, they can perform in AKC events such as the AKC Field Trials

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Basset Hounds are prone several inherited health issues: Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus,  Von Willebrand’s Disease, Panosteitis (also called Wandering or Transient Lameness), Glaucoma, Patellar Luxation, Thrombopathia, Eyelid and Eyelash Problems, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Ear Infections, Obesity, Hip Dysplasia, and Cherry Eye. After they are grown, it is best to
have them vet-checked annually to maintain optimal health.

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It is best to give your puppy high-quality dog food. It is also not recommended to give your puppy table scraps. Dogs can snack on select human foods such as apples, carrots, cucumbers, and eggs. Contact your vet if you have any questions about how to feed your puppy. To learn more about the best food for your Basset Hound, check out this article at PetKeen

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Your Basset Hound puppy will require training to prevent unwanted behaviors.  It is critical to socialize puppies from 8-16 weeks to different sights, sounds, people, and animals. Because of their inherited stubborn nature, you must diligently train your Basset Hound puppy to follow your commands using positive reinforcement. 

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About Playful Puppies LLC

The Best for Your Pet!

We’re a small family-based business located in New Haven, Indiana. We started raising puppies in 2016 and are passionate about doing what is best for our puppies and their parents. We’re USDA and BOAH licensed as well as a member of ICAW (Indiana Council of Animal Welfare). All of our puppies and parents are vet checked. Our vet and his staff are an essential part of our kennel. They are available to us 24/7 and provide us with the best health care possible.

Playful Puppies' Adoption Package

How We Work

Pet Adoption Process


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Find your pet

Once the deposit is made, your full name, phone number, address, and email are collected to create your receipt and sales contract stating our health guarantee.



Know your pet

We send weekly updates and pictures of your puppy so that you can watch them grow! We wait to register your puppy until he/she is ready to go home and we know the new name of your pup!


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Take your pet home

Your puppy will be sent home with a vaccination record to show your veterinarian, a small bag of food, and a blanket to help your puppy’s transition. The remaining balance can be paid upon or before pick up. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why AKC register your dog?

Your Basset Hound puppy will come with an AKC puppy protection packet. You will receive an AKC Registration Certificate, and your dog’s name will be recorded in the registry. This is why we don’t register our puppies until their family claims them and we know their name. You will be eligible to participate in exciting AKC events, including agility, obedience, tracking, field trials, dog shows, junior showmanship, and many others!

The AKC packet also includes:

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What should a breeder give you?

According to the American Kennel Club, a reputable breeder should give you a contract to sign. They should also strive to produce healthy puppies. Remember to purchase from reputable breeders when searching for puppies to adopt. Otherwise, you could be funding an organization that mistreats the dogs that are bred. 

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Do you have any other questions?

If you have any other questions about our adoption process or our available puppies, feel free to give us a call! We would be happy to help you find the perfect puppy for you or your family. 

Can’t find your question?

AKC registered means that your dog’s bloodline and name will be permanently recorded by the American Kennel Club.

Basset Hounds drool alot. If you are someone who does not like drool, this breed is not for you. 

Basset Hounds are friendly and love children and other animals. 

Basset Hounds originated from France and Belgium and was popular among the French aristocrats. 

Basset Hounds usually live between 12-13 years.

Basset Hounds were bred to be hunting dogs. Their sense of smell is only second to the Bloodhound. 

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