Dedicated to the Health of the Basset Hound

The health and welfare of the Basset Hound is an important concern of the BHCA, its members, and the The Basset Hound Club of America Foundation (BHCAF).  The BHCA encourages research into issues which may sometimes occur in our breed.  It is the responsibility of the Health and Research Committee to bring new definitive information to the attention of the club and to help members understand the results of new research which comes available.


The Health and Research Committee provides up-to-date information on health concerns and best-care practices for the Basset Hound to BHCA members, Basset Hound Owners and to prospective Basset Buyers.  It also hopes to help reduce the risk of health issues by encouraging careful breeding practices.

Health Policy

The Health and Research Committee has developed a Health Policy in an effort to encourage best-care practices for the Basset Hound.  This policy is supported by the BHCA  Board of Directors.  Reducing the risk of health issues in our breed is an important mission within the BHCA.

Emerging Health Issues Bulletin

Keep up to date on the latest news on health issues affecting the Basset Hound by reading the BHCA Health and Research Committee's Emerging Health Issues Bulletin.

Click here to read Volume 1, Number 1: Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS1) Testing at the Denver Nationals.

Click here to read Volume 2. Number 1: Possible genetic link to Intervertebral Disc Disease in Short-Legged Dogs

Glaucoma & Glaucoma Testing and 2018 Webinar

Glaucoma is a disease that results in progressive degeneration of the optic nerve and the retinal ganglion cells. Glaucoma is a common problem in many dog breeds, including the Basset Hound. In dogs glaucoma is often associated with very high intraocular pressure.

The genetic test for the less prevalent Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) is available below. However, there is currently no genetic test for the more prevalent, Primary Closed Angle Glaucoma (PCAG).

At the 2018 BHCA National Specialty, the Health and Research Committee made arrangements to present a webinar with experts discussing the current thoughts on Glaucoma.  Be sure to view the Webinar.  At the moment, you can watch the webinar in the News Section of the Website.

Thrombopathia Testing

Thrombopathia is a genetically inherited bleeding disorder in Basset Hounds characterized by the inability of platelets in the blood to assist with the clotting of wounds. A genetic test is available from Auburn University to determine whether a Basset is genetically clear of the disease, a genetic carrier, or genetically affected.

Gastric Dilation – Volvulus (Bloat)

Bloat is a devastating twisting of the stomach that can quickly lead to hypovolemic shock and death and is a potential danger to Basset Hounds. Owners should be able to recognize its symptoms and diminish potential predisposing factors.

Dr. Guillaume L. Hoareau of the University of California, Davis, gave a presentation on the medical condition Gastric Dilation-Volvulus, commonly known as Bloat, during the 2015 BHCA Nationals in Sacramento. Dr. Hoareau has kindly provided BHCA with a PDF containing the images in his PowerPoint presentation.

BHCA Health Survey Results

In the spring of 2016, the Basset Hound Health Survey Committee launched an online survey of health conditions among Basset Hounds. Its purpose was to identify current health problems in the breed with the goal of shaping medical research priorities for the breed, to provide information to the Health Committee and Board that can be used to shape BHCA's Health Policy, and to provide educational materials for BHCA members and the public at large.

Health Links

The following Basset Hound Health links are provided for information purposes only and are not meant to replace advice and care from your Veterinarian. The Basset Hound Club of America, Inc. cannot give advice or answer questions about specific health issues or concerns. If you think your Basset Hound may have a health condition or might be sick, please contact your Veterinarian as soon as possible.

Preventative Care of your Basset Hound

Helpful information will be provided for members, breeders and the general public regarding measures they can take to be proactive in the care of their Basset Hound(s).