Exercising Your Basset HoundGood Exercises For Your Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is an old breed which is a direct descent of the St. Hubert Hound, a Bloodhound and has a nose that is almost as outstanding. They were bred to hunt fox, hare, opossum, and pheasant and was mostly bred for French nobility, but became popular after the French Revolution. Although the dogs reflexes are slow, it has an excellent sense of smell and are still used as hunting dogs today.

Breed Type


Physical Characteristics

  • medium sized dog with short legs
  • relatively heavy dog
  • skin hangs loose like elastic and falls in folds on the head
  • long, broad ears are set low and extremely long hanging towards the ground
  • coat is dense, short, hard and shiny


  • friendly, easygoing dog, naturally well-behaved
  • mild but not timid
  • devoted, very affectionate with its family, friendly with other pets and children
  • is vocal

Best Exercises

  • short (15-20 minute) to medium (up to 30) walks
  • long walks (40+) occasionally
  • hikes
  • chasing games (chasing toys that look like prey, Hide and Seek)

Suggested Exercise Plan

The Basset Hound’s exercise needs are from low to moderate.  At the same time, this hunting dog is bred for long, casual walks. And they will run after prey. A great plan is getting your Basset Hound out for a short walk most days, and every once in a while a long hike to exercise their mind and every once in a while some chasing games for a little bit of a sprint and to exercise their chase instinct.

Things To Note

Bassets like to do tricks for food – if exercising outside is difficult, consider training him or her to do tricks. Also, do not overfeed these dogs, the extra weight places too great a load on their shorter legs and spine.