Basset Retriever
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Basset Retriever

The Basset Retriever is also known as the Basset Vertier and is a mix of a Basset Hound and a Golden Retriever. She is an easy going and friendly medium sized dog with a life expectancy of between 10 to 12 years. They come under the hounding group of dogs and have talent in watchdog and hunting. They are also used in field trials as well as as working dogs.

Here is the Basset Retriever at a Glance
Average height Up to 14 inches
Average weight 40 to 60 pounds
Coat type Soft and shiny
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate and seasonal
Brushing Once a week normally is enough but during shedding season daily will be needed
Touchiness No, laid back
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Occasional to Moderate
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate
Good Family Pet? Excellent with a family
Good with Children? Excellent with children
Good with other Dogs? Very good to excellent with other dogs
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good. Socialization will make this better. The hunter in her can see them as prey.
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Yes if given enough exercise outside still
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Very good
Exercise Needs High to very high
Tendency to get Fat Prone to obesity so watch what she eats and make sure she gets enough exercise
Major Health Concerns None known
Other Health Concerns joints problems, ear infections, teeth problems, obesity, skin disease, allergies
Life Span 10 – 12 years
Average new Puppy Price $650 - $950
Average Annual Medical Expense $500 - $650
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $500 - $650

Where does the Basset Retriever come from?

It is thought that the Basset Retriever was first bred in Great Britain but not much more is known about its origins. It is not an old mixed breed, designer breeds became popular in the last 10 to 15 years and the Basset Retriever came about from that new trend. Her qualities in terms of looks and personality cannot be controlled or predicted though and need to be derived from an understanding of both the Basset Hound and the Golden Retriever.

The Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is a dog with origins from France way back before the French Revolution. They were used at first by the French aristocracy for hunting because of their superb tracking and ability to go through brush even in thick forests for hare and rabbits and such. After the Revolution the working man continued to use them as a hunting dog they were still able to follow on foot. Today he is far more than a hush puppy logo. He is a laid back dog that is still alert to act as a watch dog for his family. He is loyal and affectionate and also stubborn which means training can require some patience. He has a real tendency to overeat if allowed and he still loves to follow the scent of something.

The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever comes from Scotland where he was bred by Lord Tweedmouth. Lord Tweedmouth loved to hunt and wanted a dog who not only was a talented retriever, but who also paid more attention and listened to his human hunting partner than the dogs used at the time (spaniels and setters). Lord Tweedmouth also wanted a dog that was a great family companion when not out hunting with him with an even-temperament and great loyalty. The Golden Retriever did not disappoint and still today has those wonderful qualities that make him so in demand as a family pet. Today he is sweet, eager to please, still loves to work and is great with children.


The Basset Retriever is a lovely dog, gentle, friendly, social and loyal to her family or companion. They love to play and are full of energy a a love of life and a love for those around her. She is affectionate and will have you wrapped around her little paw. She is intelligent too so be sure to give her plenty of mental stimulation as well as physical.

What does a Basset Retriever look like

She is a medium sized dog mostly, though sometimes at the top end of her weight range she could be classed as a large dog. She weighs 40 to 60 pounds and is up to 14 inches tall. Her eyes are round and dark and her ears are long and hang down on her cheeks. Her body is long and low to the ground like a Basset Hound with shorter legs. Her coat is usually straight, shiny and soft and comes in colors such as golden, red, black, brown, white, chocolate or a golden rose color.

Training and Exercise Needs

How much exercise does she need?

They are pretty energetic and need to be active to burn some of that energy off! When taking them out for a walk keep them on a leash unless in an enclosed area as their love for scents and hunting could have them off chasing the latest scent they caught. They are hard to dissuade from a course once they start tracking. Also they do have a loud bay they sound out when they go on the hunt. A daily walk or two is needed along with some play time. They can live in a smaller apartment but you need to take them out at least a couple of times a day. If they can have access to a yard that is a good thing.

How easy to train is she?

She is mostly easy enough to train as she gets an intelligence from the Retriever side. If she takes more after the retriever in terms of wanting to please she will listen and learn well. There is a stubbornness that can come from the Basset Hound side though so if you run into that you will need to keep a firm hand and be consistent and patient. Avoid punishments or shouting it will not achieve anything. Keep being positive, reward her with praise and treats. She will certainly love the treats!

Living with a Basset Retriever

Grooming needs

Once a week to remove loose hairs will be good enough in terms of brushing her coat but during shedding season she will need it to be done once a day. Be prepared during that time to have to clean up your furniture and clothing, a good vacuum cleaner will help. Bathing can be done once a month unless she gets herself all dirty when outside in which case do when needed.

Other grooming requirements are the same as any other dog. Check her over once a week to make sure all looks healthy including her eyes. Brush her teeth at least 2 to 3 times a week as she may be more prone to dental issues and wipe her ears clean once a week to prevent infection. Nails will need clipping but it may be something you choose to leave to the vet or groomer. Dog nails have a blood vessel in them so cannot be cut too low or it causes pain to them and a lot of bleeding. Learn how to do it or have the vet show you if you want to do it yourself.

How good with children and pets is she?

She is great with children, very friendly and loves to play with them and she is good with other pets and dogs too. Just keep in mind that she has a hunting background so small pets may seem like prey to her unless she is properly socialized from a young age. It also helps if she is raised with them. Socialization can start from as young as a month old. Make sure children know not to try and sit on her, that long back is tempting to them sometimes, as that could cause serious injury to her.

General information

She can be prone to obesity so make sure you do not let her graze on food and that she just gets what she needs. Two meals a day that together equal 21/2 to 3 cups of good quality dry dog food is sufficient. She is fine in most climates though it is best to avoid extreme cold temperatures. She is a good watch dog and will bark to alert you if an intruder enters your home. She is suitable for living in apartments or smaller homes as long as she gets outside enough.

Health Concerns

There are no known major health conditions for this dog though being relatively new things could still come up. It is possible for them to inherit tendencies their parent dogs have for certain ailments such as skin disease, ear infections, allergies, obesity, dental issues and joint dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Basset Retriever

This type of dog is easy to find and puppies can found for $650 to $950. Prices change depending on popularity, where you are and availability. You will also find that reputable breeders will price their puppies higher than less preferable sources. This cost is worth it though, you are getting assurances of parental health, and some medical testing may already have been carried out to check on your puppy's health.

There are other costs involved in having a puppy though apart from cost of the puppy itself. She will need to be spayed, a microchip, blood tests and deworming if not already done, you will need a crate, a collar, leash, bedding, food bowls. This is going to cost somewhere between $500 to $650. Then there are yearly costs to keep in mind. Prepare for medical emergencies by saving or getting pet health insurance. Vaccinations, flea prevention, health checks, license, food, toys, treats, training to name but a few. Just those things will be around $700 to $900. Should you need to use a dog kennel, a dog walker or sitter, a groomer and so on that will be extra.


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    The Basset Retriever has some qualities that make her an excellent companion or family dog. She is easy going and friendly and will reward you for your devotion by loving you right back. Just be ready for the scent following and make sure she does not pig out on her food!

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