The Miniature Basset Hound

Miniature Basset HoundThe Miniature Basset Hound

The miniature Basset Hound is a smaller version of the well-known dog breed the Basset Hound. It could be thought of as a smaller type of the Basset Hound, but it is an entirely different breed. The physical attribute that makes this dog a miniature is their weight and not their height. The miniature hound weights 10 – 35 pound when fully grown. A regular Basset Hound is typically around 45 – 65 pounds. These dogs are not a designer breed of dogs like the Labradoodle, Puggle or Schnoodle. These dogs have been properly bred by professional and experienced breeders over many years combining several different types basset breeds to create this smaller new breed of a basset.



The official name of the breed is the Parva Os Lux Basset. They have short legs and stand about 14 inches tall, but the real definitive trait is their long ears. The ears can be long, wide, skinny or any combination of the three. The preferred standard for the ears is being able to put them over the dog’s eyes, this doesn’t happen naturally and can only be discovered when you gently place the ears over the eyes. They have a short-haired coat and are typically tricolored with variances of black, brown, red, tan and white.

Because of the size differences mentioned above the miniature hound is more agile and faster. They do not need an excessive amount of exercise but should have a couple of walks each day.



The miniature Basset Hound is a great family pet. They are very loyal and friendly. They have a very calm demeanor. They love affection and will climb into your lap. If their owner is giving attention to another dog they will get jealous by barking or trying to get you to pick them up. Much like other hound breeds, they can have selective hearing and a very strong nose. Many times these two things go hand in hand. They are great hunting dogs. Their nose will lead them on a hunt and they will decide they don’t hear you when you call for them. For this reason, they should be kept on a leash or in a fenced yard.

Another trait that makes them similar to other hound dogs is their bark. They tend to have a loud howl. This could be an issue if you live in an apartment or have an attached living space to someone else. They will bark at strangers and intruders which makes them good watchdogs, but they will rarely do anything more then bark, so they might be the best guard dog but they would alert their family if they see someone. They are also known to snore and drool a little. This mostly happens when they have just had a drink and they have a few drop drip when they are walking away from their bowl.



The miniature Basset Hound has many of the same health concerns as its counterpart. They are susceptible to glaucoma, hip and/or elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, and hypothyroidism. This, of course, is not a full list and doesn’t mean that your dog will get any one of these. The miniature Basset Hound is still under development as a breed, but there have not been any additional health-related issues than the ones of a regular Basset Hound.

These dogs do shed and will need to be groomed, but don’t seem to mind the grooming because of the attention they get while being groomed. Giving them some fish oil each week will help to decrease some of the sheddings. Some excessive shedding can be because of a lack of dietary fat so added the fish oil or olive oil will help give them a healthy coat.


  1. Carly Futeral says

    I would like to know more about the mini basset. I have had 5 bassets and they are the love of my life…The stories and wonderful memories I have comfort me….I am getting older and I would love to get another basset but they are too big me to manage thats why the thought of a mini. is very appealing..

  2. Ramon Harrison says

    How do you feel about raising BH by themselves vs. Bro/sis or cousins or a pair of unrelated.
    My first on was a loaner, mostly to my wife during her pregnancy. Our next pair were cousins. A beautiful pair. The alpha male had 35+ pounds on the smaller. Both males. But the larger dominated over the small. For general happiness do you recommend 1 or 2. I’m a widower who has a very quiet house now.

  3. Ramon Harrison says

    Do miniature Bassett Hounds have a shorter or longer life span? Are they structurally as solid and strong. Does being a miniature, have any inbreeding medical issues, such a hips or a weaker back?

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