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National Parent Club for the Basset Hound

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We recently experienced an issue with our web site hosting that caused the site to revert to August 2020 content.  Please bear with us as we restore new site information.  If you see a page that needs updating, please contact Anne Testoni and it will be addressed as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience!

COVID-19: 2020 Nationals in Illinois canceled

The Basset Hound Club of America’s Board of Directors regretfully informs everyone that the 2020 BHCA National Specialty and associated events have been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Our highest concern is the health and safety of our membership, exhibitors, judges, and guests.  After reviewing the current State of Illinois phased approach to recovery, reviewing CDC guidelines, listening to medical authorities, and many of our members that have said they will not be attending, it left us with no choice but to cancel the 2020 Nationals.

Our 2020 conformation judges have been contacted to verify their willingness to judge the 2021 Nationals. The 2021 Nationals will be held in Lima, Ohio, October 1- 8, 2021. We will let you know the schedule for the 2021 National as soon as possible.

The board also approved the 2020 Nationals venue be moved to 2022 at the same location (Mercy Health Sports Center) in Rockford, IL.  Dates will be Oct 2-7. Sharon Nance will be the Coordinator.

If you’ve made a hotel reservation, you will need to call the hotel to cancel.

AKC Suggested Best Practices During COVID-19

The American Kennel Club has published recommended best practices for holding or attending AKC events during the COVID-19 pandemic.  For your convenience we have posted the links below.



Obedience & Rally


Field Events - Beagles, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds



Scent Work

Important Notice: 2021 Nationals Judges Nomination Ballot

With the cancellation of the 2020 Nationals, the BHCA Board of Directors voted to move the judges who were elected to judge the 2020 Nationals to judging the 2021 Nationals. All judges for the 2020 Nationals have agreed to judge the 2021 Nationals in Lima, Ohio.

Because of this decision, the board has also canceled the 2021 nomination and selection process for the 2021 Nationals judges. All ballots that were received will be destroyed. Nominations will take place next year for judges for the 2022 Nationals, with information published in the 2021 March/April issue of the Tally-Ho.

COVID-19:  Impacts on Dogs & Dog Sports


A letter to BHCA members from President Richard Nance: Letter to BHCA Membership 4-11-20


The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus is affecting our lives in many ways. We encourage everyone to follow local, state and federal mandates to help mitigate the impact of this disease. Please consult the US Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization web sites for the latest information on the disease and methods for keeping you and your families (human and canine) safe.

According to the American Kennel Club, there are no known cases of dogs or other common companion animals being infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Owners should continue to follow basic hygiene with their dogs, but no special precautions are necessary. There is certainly no need for a dog to wear a face mask.

For more information please consult the following sources:

CDC: Latest Cases and Updates

AKC-CHF: Coronavirus Information for Dog Owners

CDC: In-Home Care for People with Coronavirus and Pets

Many AKC events are being cancelled due to the closure of sites and mandates against mass gatherings.  Please check the AKC Events Cancellation page for the latest information.

To date all BHCA and Member Club events through the end of May 2020 have been canceled either by the host clubs or by direction of the BHCA Board of Directors.

All BHCA member clubs should read the letter from the AKC to clubs about event cancellations and the policy on rescheduling, event fees, etc.  You can read the letter here:  AKC Letter to Clubs - COVID-19 and Events


The Right Basset for You

Are you looking to add a Basset to your family?

We have compiled a number of tools and guidelines to make this process a successful one for you and your family. Please take the time to explore all of these materials to make sure that the Basset Hound is the right dog for you.

Search our Breeder Directory to find a reputable BHCA Member Breeder or BHCA recognized rescue organization to help you in your search for your new family member.



Basset Hounds remain one of the most easily recognizable and most versatile of all dog breeds. Gentle and sociable in nature, the Basset Hound is loyal to master and family, devoted to children, and mild-mannered and friendly towards other animals. They excel in a variety of dog sports events and often serve as terrific therapy dogs.

We have assembled a variety of information on this wonderful breed, its history and health, along with helpful tools for the interested Basset Hound owner.


Latest Club News

Where are next year’s Nationals being held?

What's new about Basset Hound Glaucoma?

How did we vote at the latest AKC Delegates' Meeting?

Visit our News page to learn the latest activities of the club, its members, and its activities.


Basset Hound University (BHU) is dedicated to preserving our breed’s past legacies and working for the future of our breed by providing practical online education programs in areas of interest to Basset Hound Fanciers.  In so doing, BHU will help carry forth the mission of the Basset Hound Club of America.

Owners, judges, breeders, and handlers  of our wonderful breed will benefit from the many online educational opportunities provided through Basset Hound University.

  • Owners will enjoy the Basset Hound Owners Guide and The Coloring and Activities Book for Children is printable.  Owners will also benefit from the Activities School as well.
  • Breeders, Judges and Handlers of our breed will benefit from Basset Hound Terminology and Standard, Survey of Basset Hound Literature, Basset Hound World History, The Illustrated Standard, Judges' Education Presentation and the Pocket Guide to the Basset Hound. Video topics are available as well.

Basset Hound University provides multiple courses as well as self correcting quizzes to assist those interested in learning more about the Basset.


The Basset Hound Club of America Foundation (BHCAF) was established to help fund projects that assist in furthering the understanding of the diseases, genetic defects, and other ailments that afflict Basset Hounds as well as to assist the development, and distribution of educational materials about the proper care, treatment, breeding, health, development and training of Basset Hounds.

The Foundation also works to inform and educate the public about Basset Hounds. The BHCA Foundation also helps promote the rescue and placement of displaced Basset Hounds.

Funding is obtained from various sources such as annual giving, raffles and auctions, estate bequests, independent Basset Hound Clubs and generous donors.

If your heart belongs to a Basset Hound - YOU can be a BHCAF supporter! If your life has been enriched by the presence of a wonderful Basset Hound now or in the treasured past, we ask that you please consider a contribution, no matter what amount, to the BHCAF.

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