Wyoming Basset Hound Rescue and Adoption

Bailey, at two years old. 


The Basset Hound


Originally from France, the "Basset" (derived from the French words meaning "low-set") was developed as a hunting hound that could be followed on foot.  By the 1700's, Basset Hounds were used extensively throughout France, differing somewhat in appearance from province to province.  It is believed that at about this time, George Washington received a pair of Bassets as a gift from LaFayette, and in the 1800's Bassets were exported to England and then to the United States.

The Basset is heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed.  His temperament is mild, his devotion extreme.  His scenting ability, second only to the Bloodhound, has made him an exceptional hunting and trailing dog.  His long ears, facial wrinkles, deep muzzle and dewlaps help trap and hold the scent.  Sturdy legs and loose skin help him track through thorny brambles and difficult terrain.  While these characteristics might make him amusing in appearance, these characteristics are functional.

Bassets have easygoing temperaments, making BOTH males and females excellent pets.  They are strong-willed and intelligent, using these traits to their advantage.  They are willing dogs, as long as what you wish of them is what they intended to do in the first place.  Otherwise, you may begin to think your dog has a hearing problem.  Patience, lots of praise, tenderness and perseverance (plus a cookie) work wonders.

Basset Hounds love to be loved, and need to be part of a family.  If left alone for any length of time during the day, consider another dog or cat to keep your dog company.  Boredom can lead your Basset to your favorite rose bush, the sprinkler system, etc.  They do not need a huge yard or high fence, but their hunting instinct can get them into serious trouble unless they are confined to home or fenced yard.  They firmly believe that they have the right-of-way in any kind of traffic dispute.  The best invention since popcorn ... the dog door!  A wonderful aid in house training, a mind-relaxer knowing that your dog can get into the house in bad weather or if you're delayed in getting home, sudden thunderstorms, fireworks, etc.

Are Bassets different? Yes! Many people think of the Basset as a small dog ... they are not.  A "small" Basset might weigh 35 lbs., an average one 50 lbs., and there are even "large" Bassets weighing in at 65-70 lbs.  They are prone to obesity, particularly after age four or five.  Feed only a high quality food and watch those treats!  The Basset does not need fussy coat care, but because they tend to shed year-round they should be brushed at least weekly.  The inside of the ears needs to be cleaned ... their heavy ear leather prevents loss of moisture from inside the ear.  The outside of the ear will collect more dirt than other dogs' because the ears fall into the water and feed bowls and then drag along the ground.  Nails are tough ... like a Great Dane!  They should be trimmed every two weeks.  Trimming every two weeks is so much easier on both of you!  AND DON'T FORGET THE YEARLY INOCULATIONS!!  Have your vet do a fecal check twice a year, and talk to your vet about heartworm in your area.

The preceding was provided by B.H. Cares, Inc.                                                                                          


Would a Basset fit into my lifestyle???


  • Gentle, caring, lovable.
  • Even tempered.
  • Not a fence jumper.
  • Cute and funny.
  • Gets along well with kids and other dogs.
  • Intelligent and versatile.
  • Good friend and companion.


  • Because of physical design, females have many problems whelping and raising a litter.
  • They do not make good apartment dogs.
  • Large stools.
  • Cute little puppies grow into 30-80# dogs.
  • Because they were bred to give tongue (bark) when hunting, they have a loud voice.
  • They love to chew on things.
  • Prone to obesity in adulthood, they must be fed less than the can of food suggests.
  • More care than normal, ears must be wiped after meals, eyes require special cleaning and often special medication, nails grow fast and must be clipped often.
  • Lots of slobber from loose lips.
  • They demand lots of attention.
  • Must be on leash at all times they are away from home and fenced yard.
  • Difficult or impossible to paper train as puppies.
  • They take longer than most other breeds to house break.
  • Not a natural retriever, must put a lot of time and energy to teach to fetch.

Advantages to adopting older dogs.

We all agree that puppies are incredibly cute, but there are many advantages to adopting older dogs.  Older dogs are most often past their destructive puppy stage, such as chewing, digging, tearing everything to shreds.  Older dogs are also often already housebroken, and more calm and settled down making them easier to enjoy in your home.  Older dogs make great companions to and those dogs who are given a second chance at life and a new home very often form strong, loyal bonds to the family that gives them that new chance.


Would a Rescue Basset fit into your lifestyle??


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