Basset Retriever

40-70 lbs
Basset Hound
Golden Retriever
Basset Vertier

The Basset Retriever is, as you may have guessed, a mix between the Basset Hound and the Golden Retriever. There is no doubt that with a combination like this, you are bound to get a dog that is intelligent, playful, and eager to please. It can be difficult to predict the personality of these dogs, however, because it purely relies on which breed is more dominant in the mix. If you have a Basset Retriever that has more Golden Retriever in him, then he will most likely be eager to please, loyal to the core, and very energetic. On the other hand, if the Basset Hound is more dominate, your dog may have the tendency to be stubborn, a bit lazy, and definitely a barker. Both of these breeds are great at hunting and have a love of searching out prey; therefore, it can be expected that your Basset Retriever will have that same love and desire to hunt. This breed will do very well in any type of home size, as long as he gets some sort of exercise throughout the day. Keep in mind that grooming, which is needed often, will differ depending on which coat length is more dominant; Golden Retrievers have longer fur and will need to be brushed to remove tangles, while Basset Hounds have shorter hair that can be groomed with a rubber brush occasionally.  The Basset Retriever is friendly and will do great with kids and is used primarily as a companion animal or for field trials. 

purpose Purpose
Hunting, Field Trials, Companionship
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Basset Hound, Golden Retriever

Basset Retriever Health

Average Size
Male Basset Retriever size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 40-70 lbs
Female Basset Retriever size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 40-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Elbow
  • Platelet Dysfunction
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cherry Eye
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Elbow
  • Blood
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Basset Retriever Breed History

The Basset Retriever is a fairly new breed that was created, most likely, around 10 to 15 years ago. Because it is so new, there really isn’t too much that is known about the breed as a whole yet. However, what we do know is that the two dogs that make up the Basset Retriever are the Basset Hound and Golden Retriever which was a pair that became originally combined in the country of France. There’s no telling why the French decided to combine these two breeds, but the outcome is a dog that has the potential to be hard working, loyal, eager to please, friendly, determined, and intelligent. Whether you are looking for a hunting companion or just an excellent family pet, you can’t go wrong with the Basset Retriever. The Basset Hound has been used for generations as a hunting dog and was first developed in France sometime during the 7th century. They are a stubborn, goofy, yet dependable breed. Basset Hounds made their way to America in the early 19th century and it didn’t take long before they became well known, both for hunting and as a companion. Golden Retrievers are full of life and playfulness with a gentle personality and an overwhelming urge to please. This is what has made them so popular in the United States. This breed was created during the Victorian era and was used primarily as a hunting and companion dog. They were first registered as a breed in 1932 and their intelligent, free spirit has continued to grow their popularity throughout the years. By combining the features of these two breeds, we end up with the Basset Retriever which is well-rounded, hardworking, and very loyal to his family.

Basset Retriever Breed Appearance

 Because the Basset Retriever is a hybrid that combines the Golden Retriever and Basset hound, you will end up with characteristics taken from both parent breeds. More often than not, the Basset Retriever is squatty and low to the ground like the Basset Hound, while maintaining the fur and facial features of the Golden Retriever. Basset Hounds have very long ears and a droopy face, and typically have a very short and dense coat. Golden Retrievers, on the other hand, are light on their feet and have alert eyes within a thin and somewhat dainty face. Their ears are folded, but not very long. Basset Retrievers have a height range of around 10 to 14 inches and weigh at most, 70 pounds. However, it is important to remember that this breed can easily become obese, so careful monitoring of the Basset Retriever’s weight is necessary.  It is difficult to say exactly what these puppies will look like, as it entirely depends on which parent breed’s characteristics are more dominant. However, they do have the potential to be short legged with a long body, either long or short furred, and possess a face that has bright intelligent eyes.

Basset Retriever Breed Maintenance

Some of the top priorities for any dog when it comes to maintenance are: teeth cleaning, nail trimming, brushing, and ear checks. Because the Basset Retriever has folded over ears, it is important to clean them often in order to prevent infection. Always dry the ears thoroughly after bathing to prevent any left-over moisture from remaining in the ears for too long. Nails should be clipped every few weeks to ensure that the paws are healthy and free of anything that could snag or scratch. If you can hear your dog’s nails clicking as they walk along the ground, it is time for a trim! Depending on the hair type your Basset Retriever has (short or long) brushing will be slightly different. If your dog has slightly longer hair, a rake comb would be great for getting out any tangles. Shorter hair can be brushed with a rubber brush in order to push away any dirt or loose hair on the body. This grooming routine should happen at least a couple times a week as the Basset Retriever does shed moderately throughout the year. Baths only need to be done when needed.

Basset Retriever Temperament

There is no doubt that the Basset Hound and the Golden Retriever have two slightly differing personalities. One is high energy and very eager to please, while the other is more laid back and can be a bit stubborn. In combining these traits, the Basset Retriever is a dog that is sweet, calm, and very friendly. In general, they are very mild-natured and not easily provoked to aggression or anger; this makes them great family dogs! They truly enjoy the company of people, both adults and children alike, and even other animals. There really are no strangers when it comes to a Basset Retriever. Because both of the parent breeds tend to need exercise to blow off steam, expect your Basset Retriever to need a decent amount of playtime each day. They are extremely intelligent and quite easy to train, so there shouldn’t be any issue teaching them how to behave as long as you start early. The Basset Retriever is very eager to please and will want to do their best to learn what you are trying to teach them. Keep in mind, that unlike the Golden Retriever who can be relatively quiet, the Basset Retriever may have the tendency to bay or bark every once in awhile just like the Basset Hound; but for the most part, they are a quiet breed. 

Basset Retriever Activity Requirements

The Basset Hound, while less active than some dogs, loves to hunt and requires mental stimulation often to keep him happy.  The Golden Retriever is a very active dog that has a lot of energy and truly enjoys both mental and physical stimulation. Because the Basset Retriever is a mix of both, he will need plenty of opportunities to stretch both his mind and his muscles. Daily walks, playing in the yard, and socializing with other dogs is a great way to keep your Basset Retriever well exercised and happy. While these dogs can make great apartment pets, they do need a lot of exercise in order to reign in their high energy personality. Be sure to socialize your dog young and start training early to ensure that you can participate in lots of activities safely and correctly, such as jogging or biking together. This will ensure that your dog has plenty of ways to burn off energy and stay happy and healthy. 

Basset Retriever Owner Experiences

7 Years
7 People
House & Yard
My Basset Retriever, Smokey, is a very sweet dog. He isn't always just energetic, in fact, most of the time he likes to chill on the couch. He'll occasionally pick when he wants to play. When he's let outside he likes to run around and play with anyone he can. If you stomp on the ground he'll run back and forth past you because he thinks your playing a game of catch except your trying to catch him. He's a very friendly dog to other people, but he has problems getting along with other dogs. You have to introduce another dog slowly or else he will growl and snap at them. As he grew older he did this less and less often. We're now able to let him off the leash when he goes outside and let him roam around wherever. He'll choose when he wants to come back though, it could be in a few minutes or right before it gets dark either way he doesn't cause any problems with the neighbors or their dogs. He is scared of thunder though, he HAS to have someone by him when it's storming or else he'll freak out. He LOVES to cuddle and be petted constantly. He also does not like being left out, wherever the family goes he goes.
5 years ago
5 Years
2 People
Look out the window
We adopted Dalilla two years ago. She was a stray in a small town in Oklahoma. A rescue here in Iowa took a number of dogs from the overfilled shelter in Oklahoma. She was pregnant when she came to Iowa. She was fostered with another pregnant dog as well as a couple resident dogs. She had two puppies who looked nothing like her and nothing like each other (daddies???). We think she must have been abused by a male with a stick-like object. She is wary of men and gets frightened if she sees anything like a stick (broom, rake, cane, etc.). She has gotten better in the two years we've had her. She fit right in with me and my elderly mother. She's a love bug but she wants to be repaid with scratches! I could scratch her all day and she'd still want more. She loves to snuggle up next to me on the couch or sleep in my bed. She's even taught herself to turn back the covers! She walks well on a leash but has the distinct hound need to smell EVERYTHING, and the basset stubbornness about moving along. She has a ball when we go to the dog park so she can be off leash and run free. She holds her own with the "big dogs" and is gentle with little dogs. Give her about 30 minutes at the dog park and she's done in for most of the day! We we very lucky to find this sweet girl and make her a part of our family. She is wonderful company for my 88 y/o mother when I'm at work. Couldn't love her more!
4 years, 12 months ago
11 Years
4 People
My boy is 11 years old now. I got him when he was a puppy at the pound. I didn't know he was any type of breed but other than a mutt, but he looks exactly like this breed looks like. One distinctive thing about him is he never forgets anything. Just like someone else posted, he is paranoid of being in a cage bc he remembers that from being a puppy. In addition, when he was a puppy he was terrified of fireworks one night and ran away, i lost him for 3 weeks then and ever since when he hears thunder or fireworks he literally shakes and needs to be comforted. He often gets skin issues if he ever gets a hint of a flea on him and i must be diligent in administrating the proper medication on schedule. He has watched me bring both of my babies home from the hospital and those kids are now 9 and 7 years old and my dog has been nothing but happy, eager and always pleasant.
4 years, 5 months ago
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