Basset Heeler

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Basset Heeler History

The Basset Hound is a hound that originated in the rural areas of France during the 1600s and 1700s. The origin of the name “Basset Hound” is shrouded in mystery. One theory is that the “Bassets” werehounds used by hunters in the Basque region of France to hunt hare and rabbits. Another theory suggests that they were created in the 14th century by crossing the French Bulldog with scent hounds. The distinctive bat-like ears of the Basset were often used as part of the hunting process. The hunter would flush out the prey, and the ears would help the dogs track the prey by picking up the scent. The distinctive, droopy ears and short legs of the Basset were a standard feature of the breed until the 1960s, when the Basset was standardized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Basset Heeler Physical Characteristics

The Basset Hound is a medium-sized, short-legged hunting breed that typically stands between 15 and 18 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 40 and 65 pounds. They have long, narrow bodies with a flat skull and short ears. Bassets have large, droopy, dark eyes. They have a long tail and an elongated, dropped-earset. They have a soft, heavy, medium-length coat that is white, brindle, or harlequin. They are affectionate, sweet dogs that make great family pets and arealert, loving, and gentle.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Blue, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 16 – 18 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 18 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 33 – 40 lbs

Female Weight Range: 33 – 40 lbs

Basset Heeler Health

Description of breed health.


8-13 yrs

Basset Heeler Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Congenital Heart Defect (CHD), None

Basset Heeler Temperament and Behaviour

The Basset Heeler is a dog breed that is known for its calm and easygoing temperament. This breed is loyal and devoted to its family, and is an excellent companion dog. The Basset Heeler is also known for its independent streak, and is not a dog that requires a lot of attention or supervision. This breed is intelligent and quick to learn, and is an excellent watchdog. The Basset Heeler is a versatile breed that can do well in a variety of homes and families.

Basset Heeler Activity Requirements

Bassets are low-energy dogs that are mostly happy to spend most of their time lounging around. They do enjoy going for walks and playing, but they prefer short bursts of activity rather than long, strenuous games. While a Basset does not require a great deal of exercise, they do need to have some outlets for physical and mental energy. A daily walk or a game of fetch is a great way to help your Basset stay healthy and happy. Bassets are a great choice for people who don’t have a lot of time to spend with their dogs or who live in an apartment. They are content to sit on the couch with some human company, but they will get lonely if left alone for too long.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Heeler is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Heeler is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Basset Heeler is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Heeler is part of the Unclassified group.

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