You can’t mistake the iconic Basset Hound for any other breed! These goofy and cartoonish dogs are loved across the globe – both for their character and their looks. Thanks to their loyalty and an affectionate nature, they make fantastic family pets. They can also be slow-paced in their behavior, which makes for a welcome change from the more sprightly, energetic, and temperamental breeds. Still, as many unique breeds go, Basset Hounds can suffer from some problems along the way. If you plan on making one of these dogs a new part of your family, you’ll want to know of any potential issues that might affect them in their life.

When we consider all the problems a Basset Hound might suffer from, we can see that most of them can be related to their unique physical appearance. In general, these problems are not too dramatic, and can be often observed in many other breeds. With good care and plenty of attention, and with your vet’s assistance, you should have a rather happy and healthy dog by your side. Still, some problems might persist even so.


As house dogs, Basset Hounds can be somewhat lazy and slow-tempered. This means that rather than playing and running about, they might prefer a good snooze or some simple relaxation. This – combined with improper diet – can potentially lead to obesity. And once a Basset Hound gains weight, leg and back problems will soon follow. Make sure that your pet is receiving a diet suited for the breed. Also, in order to prevent obesity from even appearing, ensure that you implement long walks and regular exercise.

Gassines & bloating

Another issue that these dogs can develop is flatulence. If you notice that your doggo is a bit gassy, this might indicate a need for a change in diet. This could sort things out. A potentially more serious issue that could develop is bloat. Left untreated, this condition can be fatal. To that end, it is best to avoid overfeeding your Basset. They are quite the voracious breed, so make sure they get up to three small meals per day – rather than one huge meal.

Ear and eye infections

Basset Hounds are well known for their droopy appearance. Their faces and ears seem to be melting – and there’s plenty of loose skin all around. Their ears are quite long and droopy, which means that air cannot circulate within the ear cavity. This can result in a heavy build up of dirt and wax, and regular thorough cleaning is mandatory. That way you can avoid nasty ear infections. The same goes for their eyes. Due to their droopy, bored-looking eyes, Bassets can get dirt and mucus accumulated in their lower eyelids. Regular cleanups are also important here. The folds around their mouths are also crucial. As Bassets drool heavily, yeast infections can develop in these folds. Don’t forget to clean these as well!

Joint issues

It’s easy to notice that Basset Hounds are quite low to the ground. Their short stubby legs can be prone to ailments in later life – especially if there is no regular exercise and the dog becomes overweight. Arthritis, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and limping are all common with Basset Hounds. You shouldn’t neglect exercise with your pet! Basset hounds were bred as hardy hunting dogs – they can run and walk for quite a long time, and will enjoy a good outdoor adventure.

All in all, Basset Hounds make for all-around hardy pets. With a lifespan that can go up to 16 years, they make great and loyal companions. And, with plenty of care and attention, with regular exercise and a good diet, the problems that they can have will be kept to a minimum.

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