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Basset Hound Names

Basset Hounds have a long and distinguished history as a breed. Their roots go back to France in the Middle Ages, but the breed also has connections to Great Britain and to 18th and 19th century America. You can easily draw on these historical associations to find a cool name for your Basset Hound. Or, you can find a name that’s popular today. Think of some of the most popular movies in theaters today and the characters that you love. Or think of books with great characters. Can’t you imagine a Basset Hound Names Heathcliff? Or Harry Potter? When choosing a name for your dog, let your imagination inspire you!

Human Names

These days, many people prefer to treat their dogs like members of the family. With that in mind, the most popular dog names today are actually human names. According to VPI, the pet insurance company, the top 10 dog names in 2010 were:

1. Bella
2. Bailey
3. Max
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Buddy
7. Maggie
8. Daisy
9. Charlie
10. Sophie

There’s no Fido, Rex, or Spot on the list. People seem to prefer to give their dogs the same names that they give their children. If you want to find great names for your dog, one of the best places to look is a book for baby names, or a site such as You can find a comprehensive list of the most popular baby names and which ones are becoming more popular, as well as new names that are gaining in popularity. They also have a listing of the names of celebrity babies and even some suggestions for pet names. In case you’re interested, Jerry Seinfeld named his miniature Dachshund Jose. His two pet cats are named Nutella and Cinnamon. Spices would make great names for your Basset Hound, too!


You could name your Basset Hound something based on his physical characteristics. For instance, what about those long ears? Or his slow, deliberate speed? How about naming him Rabbit? That would be cute and not something that most people would associate with a Basset Hound, unless he was out hunting rabbits. Or, maybe Bunny?

What about something based on his coloring? Maybe your Basset’s coloring forms some interesting design? Or he has a beautiful tan or lemon shade? If he’s a lemon and white Basset you could name him Sherbet or Sorbet for the frozen dessert.

What about the wrinkles? Can you think of something cute based on them? Or, how about that sabre tail that he carries above his back? Call him Sabre.

Often times you can come up with a great name for your dog just by really looking at him and seeing what characteristics stand out about him.


And, with the Basset Hound’s long history, there are many famous people you could name your dog for. Name him for famous breeders of the past, such as the Marquis de Lafayette and call your dog Marquis. Or, name him George Washington and call him George. Name your Basset Hound after the St. Hubert hounds the breed is descended from and call him Hubert. Napoleon III was another famous fancier of the breed so you could obviously call your dog Napoleon. Sherlock would make a great name for a Basset Hound. And, Lt. Columbo famously had a Basset Hound that accompanied him on some of his cases. He called his Basset Hound “Dog.” Perhaps you could call your Basset Hound Columbo.


There are many great names you could give your Basset Hound. Think of human names for your Basset, or names from history, or something based on your dog’s physical characteristics. The important thing is that you choose a name that you and your dog like.

Pictures of Basset Hounds

Basset Hound dogs original birth place r from france their personality are neat and polite they love their owner very much. Basset Hound have a unique out standing look they have a very short legs and long ears.

Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds
Pictures of Basset Hounds

The Basset Hound

Built long and low to the ground, the sweet, gentle Basset Hound is a very old breed. They are great hunters, able to follow a scent for miles and they are often used for tracking. Because of their gentle disposition, the Basset Hound gets along with other dogs very well and they can hunt in packs or alone.

Basset Hound Information and Facts

The Basset Hound is not a tall breed. They typically only stand about 14 inches tall at the shoulder. However, they are rather heavy-set, with heavy bone, and very sturdy. Males can weigh between 55 and 75 pounds. Females can weigh between 45 and 65 pounds.

The Basset is part of the Hound group and he is a scent hound. He has a coat that is similar in texture and coloring to many other members of this group. His coat is short, dense, and smooth. It is dense enough to protect him if he’s out hunting in bad weather. His skin is loose and will let him slide through brambles and underbrush. The Basset Hound can be of any known hound color. Dogs that are tan and white and tri-color are commonly seen. The Basset is also known for his long ears which are said to stir brush and things on the ground and waft scent up toward his nose.

He is a deliberate worker but never clumsy.

If you intend to get a Basset Hound you should know that whenever this dog finds an interesting scent he will want to follow it. The Basset Hound’s nose is said to be second only to the Bloodhound in trailing ability and accuracy.


The Basset Hound originated in France but the breed has been used all over Europe for centuries, particularly to hunt rabbits and hare, but also to hunt deer. The breed is first mentioned in 1585. It’s believed that the Basset is descended from the St. Hubert hounds that were kept by the Benedictine monks of St. Hubert in France. The Marquis de Lafayette is believed to have given Basset Hounds to George Washington as a gift to use with his hunting dogs.

The dogs began to be exported to Britain in 1866 and they were first shown at dog shows in England in 1875. Later, dogs from Britain were exported to the U.S. The Basset was first exhibited at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1884. Since that time the Basset Hound has become a multi-use dog. Today people and their Basset Hounds take part in obedience events, tracking, pack hunting, field trialing, as well as dog shows. Basset Hounds are used most often today for hunting rabbits at which they excel.

Caring for Basset Hounds

Basset Hounds do tend to drool a lot so if you get a Basset you should expect this trait. It is normal for the breed because of their deep flews (lips). Because of their short legs, long backs, and heavy weight, Bassets do not usually make good swimmers so you should always closely supervise your Basset Hound if he goes near the water.

Bassets are also known for shedding a great deal. Although they have a short coat, they can shed a lot of hair so you need to brush your dog regularly to keep the hair from piling up in the house.

Bassets are usually good with children and they have a good temperament. They get along well with other dogs and pets, although you should not leave them unattended around pet rabbits or other animals that they might consider prey. They have a very strong hunting instinct and they should be on a leash when you take them for walks. Otherwise they may take off running after a rabbit if it should cross your path. Although they may seem like lazy dogs, they still require regular daily exercise.

Like many hound breeds, the Basset Hound is very vocal. They do not make very good apartment dogs for this reason. They will bark and even howl if they think something is wrong of if they want something.

Because of their long ears, Bassets are also prone to ear infections. Make sure that you clean your dog’s ears each week to avoid ear infections. You should also clean the areas around your Basset’s eyes and the folds of skin on the face regularly. These are also places where bacteria can grow if the skin is not kept clean.

Basset Hounds can be prone to obesity so you need to be careful not to overfeed your Basset and make sure he gets plenty of exercise.

The Basset Hound typically lives between 11 and 12 years, though they have been reported to live up to 16 years.


The Basset Hound makes a wonderful family pet. They are sweet, gentle dogs who get along well with children and other dogs. They need regular daily exercise. Be sure you clean your dog’s ears each week to avoid infections. Wipe around your dog’s eyes and the skin folds around his mouth. Be careful not to overfeed your Basset Hound as they are prone to obesity.

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Types Of Small House Dogs

Small dogs are often bred-down, smaller versions of the larger dogs with which we are all familiar. Some of these small dogs once had jobs but they have become lap dogs or small house dogs now. Here’s a look at some of the different types of small house dogs you may encounter.


There are a number of small house dogs that have terrier-like traits or which are related to the terrier breeds. “Pinscher” means terrier in German and the Affenpinscher and Miniature Pinscher were created from larger terrier breeds. The Brussels Griffon was also created from terrier breeds. The Manchester Terrier, the Silky Terrier, the Toy Fox Terrier, and the Yorkshire Terrier all have the terrier spirit and were bred from terriers. So, if you like terriers you will have no trouble finding a small house dog with terrier traits. Many of these dogs are brave and have lots of personality.

Sporting Dogs

There is a hint of the sporting dog in some small dogs, such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Dogs that resembled the Cavalier can be seen in paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries in England. Like sporting dogs, the Cavalier is a gentle dog who loves to be with his owner. They make excellent family dogs. There are several Toy dogs and Non-Sporting dogs with the name “Spaniel” such as the English Toy Spaniel but these dogs are not actually spaniels. It’s possible that there was some spaniel mixed in with these breeds at some point long ago, but they are Toy dogs and should not be considered spaniel in type or personality.

Spitz Dogs

The Pomeranian and the American Eskimo Dog in the Non-Sporting group are reminiscent of the northern dogs that once pulled sleds. They look like Spitz-type dogs. The Pomeranian was at one time much larger and used to be a sled dog in northern areas. The American Eskimo Dog is the descendant of several different white breeds such as the white German Spitz, the white Keeshond, and white Pomeranian dogs, among others. They were exceptionally smart dogs and were used as circus dogs because they were so easy to train.


You can even find a member of the Hound group among the small house dogs. The Italian Greyhound, which stands only 15 inches tall at the shoulder, is a smaller version of the Greyhound and the Whippet. These gentle, playful dogs are quite laid back and relaxed and make wonderful companions for the home.


You can find a number of small house dogs who were once kept as watchdogs. For example, the Lhasa Apso, the Tibetan Spaniel (who is not really a spaniel), and the Tibetan Terrier (who is not really a terrier) were all kept in Tibet as watchdogs for Buddhist monks and for the nobility. The Tibetan Terrier was even used as a small herding dog at times. These little dogs will still watch over you in your home.


Finally, there are many small dogs which have always been companions and lapdogs. The Pekingese, the Chinese Crested, the Japanese Chin, the Maltese, the Papillon, and the Pug have always been valued as pets. They still fulfill that important role today as small house dogs.


Small house dogs have interesting and varied backgrounds. Many of these breeds were originally kept for other purposes. They come from terrier, sporting, spitz, and the hound group, for example. Some small dogs, however, have always been kept as companions. Whichever small dog you choose, they are all loving and make good pets.

What You Should Know About Your Beagle Basset Hound Mix

The Beagle Basset Hound mix is a hybrid dog and not a pure breed. Beagles and Basset Hounds are both members of the Hound group, historically, and they have similar functions. These breeds even have some similarities in appearance, though the Basset Hound is much lower to the ground, with shorter legs and a longer back. When these two breeds are crossed they should produce puppies that still have similar hunting instincts as their parents, though they may have shorter legs like their Basset Hound parent, and they can have a longer back. They may have a face that looks more like a Beagle.

Beagles and Basset Hounds

Beagles and Basset Hounds are both old breeds that originated. The Beagle is believed to have originated in England and the Basset Hound in France They may have had some common ancestors at some point in time, hundreds of years ago. Bassets were used by hunters who wanted to hunt on foot and keep up with the dog, so the dog needed to work at a slower pace. Beagle-type dogs date back to around the 1500s in England and they became particularly popular when foxhunting was developed in the 18th century. Some authorities claim that small hunting dogs of this type date back much earlier. Foxhounds were developed by crossing Beagles with other dogs. Beagles as we know them today were developed in the 19th century. In the U.S. in the 19th century dogs called Beagles were similar to straight-legged Basset Hounds. These dogs were crossed with Beagles from England to produce the kind of Beagles we have today. So there have been some different types of Beagles in the past which relied on Basset-type dogs. People today still hunt rabbits and hare with their Beagles. Both Beagles and Basset Hounds are gentle, sweet dogs and they make excellent family companions. Beagles are a little more frisky and outgoing. They are considered “merry” dogs with a cheerful temperament. Bassets are mild, calm dogs. Both breeds are good with children. In size, the Beagle comes in two sizes. They can stand up to 13 inches tall at the shoulder, or up to 15 inches tall. They usually weigh around 25 pounds. The Basset Hound can stand up to 14 inches tall at the shoulder and they can weigh up to 50 pounds. Both breeds have similar hound coloring: tri-color, red and white, lemon and white, black and tan. Basset Hounds are achondroplastic, meaning they are technically a dwarf breed because of their short legs.

Beagle Basset Hound Mix

If you are thinking of getting a Beagle Basset Hound mix then it’s hard to predict exactly how your puppy or dog will look. Because Beagles and Basset Hounds do share some genetic heritage your puppy will likely be a hound-type dog with a short, smooth coat and hound coloring. But he could look more like one parent than the other. Both breeds have long ears, so you can expect your dog to have them, too. Bassets sometimes have very long ears which can have ear infections, so you will need to keep your dog’s ears cleaned regularly. You can probably expect your Beagle Basset Hound mix to be a sweet, gentle, playful dog. With such a strong hunting heritage you should make sure you have a secure fence to keep in contained. Beagles and Bassets are hunting dogs and they will follow where their nose leads them, even if that means digging their way out of your yard. When you walk your dog, make sure you are holding your leash tightly. These dogs can take off running if a squirrel or rabbit crosses their path, and they won’t come back when you call them if they are off hunting. Both of these breeds shed a lot so you will need to brush them regularly and vacuum your house often to keep the dog hair to a minimum.


Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and some eye problems can occur in Beagles. These conditions could appear in the offspring of a Beagle. Bassets can be prone to these same problems, along with arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, and skin problems, so you may see these in their offspring.


The Beagle and the Basset Hound have many things in common so crossing these two breeds should produce puppies that are gentle, playful, and sweet. Make sure you have a good fenced yard to keep your dog contained and be careful when you’re walking your dog since dogs from this cross will chase prey.