We Are The Basset Hound’s Champion

The Basset Hound Club of America, Inc. and its members are dedicated to this wonderful breed and always work to protect its interests.  Please consider joining us as we participate in dog sports, gather for educational events, encourage breed health research


Membership in the Basset Hound Club of America is open to anyone with an interest in promoting the welfare of this wonderful breed. Applicants must be in good standing with the American Kennel Club and any other dog sports clubs of which they have been a member.

As a member of BHCA, you'll receive a subscription to Tally-Ho, BHCA's outstanding bimonthly magazine, which contains articles dealing with all aspects of the breed; information about upcoming specialty shows, field trials, hunting tests, and performance events; and many color photographs. Join BHCA

Membership Benefits

Members of BHCA receive special educational materials, can work towards BHCA-sanctioned titles, and earn special BHCA awards. Learn More

Code of Ethical Conduct

All members of BHCA sign and are held to acting under the Club’s Code of Ethical Conduct.

Leadership Team

BHCA is led by a team of six officers and five directors. Meet and contact these volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of the Club and its membership.  Meet the Team

Committees and Volunteers

Our Club is run at the grass-roots level by a large list of committees and volunteer officials. Meet the Teams


All AKC member clubs and all strong organizations need documents to guide their smooth and fair operation.  Read the BHCA Constitution & Bylaws, Standing Rules and Operational Guidelines to see how we work.  Read more

Board Motions

The BHCA Board operates under Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised.  All significant decisions and actions are recorded in the Recording Secretary's log of motions and in formal meeting minutes.  Curious about the actions of the BHCA Board?  Members can access them from the Motions page.  Read more

Tally-Ho Magazine

The official newsletter of BHCA, Tally-Ho is published six times a year to share club news, provide opportunities to learn about Basset Hound health and training, and give members an opportunity to share the wins and achievements of their dogs and kennels. Learn More

Member Judges

Many BHCA members have been approved to judge basset hounds in AKC competitions including conformation, field trial, obedience, rally, agility, and tracking.  BHCA Standing Rules require that the conformation judges at any BHCA National or Regional Specialty be member-judges.  View BHCA Judges

Life Members

Those special individuals who have shown long term and significant dedication and participation in BHCA are honored with life members. Learn More

Local Clubs

Thirty-four regional Basset Hound specialty clubs are distributed throughout the United States. Find a local club and consider attending their events and getting involved with fellow Basset Hound fanciers.

BHCA Titles & Awards

One benefit of membership in BHCA is the opportunity to earn BHCA-sanctioned titles and annual awards. Learn More

Frequently Used Forms & Documents

Looking for club forms? Downloadable versions of club publications? We've gathered them in one place for you. Forms & Documents