Basset Shepherd

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Basset Shepherd History

The Basset Hound is a type of hound that is famous for its droopy ears. The nickname “Basset” refers to the short-legged appearance of the hound, which causes it to appear to be “hopping”. The “Basset” term can also be used to describe the more agile, shorter-legged types of hounds that share similar features with the Basset Hound, such as the Bloodhound and the Beagle. The Basset Hound was originally developed in France, where it was known as a “Barbet”. The Barbet was used as a vermin hunter, and was sometimes referred to as the “French Wolfhound”. The Barbet was a popular pet with the aristocracy, but its popularity waned after the French Revolution. The breed was nearly extinct by 1870. A French breeder named Émile Féré is credited with saving the Barbet from extinction. He suggested that the name should change from “Barbet” to “Basset”, which was thought to be closer to the sound the dog made.

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United States Of America

Basset Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Basset Hound is a small, short-legged, long-bodied dog breed that typically stands between 8 and 10.5 inches at the shoulder and weights between 20 and 30 pounds. They have a long, heavy, slightly curved body and a short, velvety coat of any color. They have large eyes and ears that slant inwards. Their nose is large and their lips are loose with large, drooping cheeks. They are generally calm and placid but can be stubborn and willful.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 12 – 20 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 20 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 50 – 75 lbs

Female Weight Range: 50 – 68 lbs

Basset Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Basset Shepherd Health Concerns

Elbow Dysplasia, Hip Dysplasia, Degenerative Myelopathy, Cherry Eye, Cataracts, Cervical Vertebral Instability

Basset Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Basset Shepherd is a gentle, affectionate, and loyal dog breed. They are known for their easygoing nature and loving personality. Basset Shepherds are devoted to their families and make wonderful companions. They are intelligent and eager to please, which makes them easy to train. Basset Shepherds are gentle and good with children. They are also good with other pets and get along well with other dogs.

Basset Shepherd Activity Requirements

Basset Hounds have a distinctive and unmistakable look. They are short and stout and known for their long ears, which hang down on either side of their head. Bassets are gentle-natured, loyal, and easy-going. While they are not an extremely high energy dog, they do like to be active and will need a daily walk. They will also enjoy playing in the snow or going hiking. While they will adapt to living in an apartment, a Basset does need regular walks. This is not a dog that will be happy just lounging around the house. They are happiest when they have a job to do.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Basset Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Basset Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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