How do I find a Reputable Breeder?

The answer to that is easy but you will need patience. Reputable breeders do not breed or keep an inventory of Puppies or Dogs to sell.  They only plan litters with a specific goal in mind.

BHCA Member Breeders

We encourage you to contact a BHCA Member Breeder as he/she has signed a pledge to abide by the BHCA Code of Ethics. The BHCA Member Breeder directory has a listing of those members who breed Basset Hounds.

BHCA Website

You may find a puppy or adult Basset Hound on the Available Puppy and Adult Basset Hounds page. This listing is provided as a courtesy to the public and our member breeders. Note: The BHCA makes no warranty or guarantee about the dogs listed on this page. See our full disclaimer.

Dog Shows

Consider attending local Specialty (Basset Hound only) Dog Shows or All Breed Dog Shows and meet breeders in person. You can see if there is an event in your area by going to the BHCA Events Calendar or the American Kennel Club (AKC) Event Calendar.

BHCA Breeder Referral

BHCA’s Public Education Chairperson can provide recommendations to breeders in your area.  Email for Breeders

What is the best way to contact breeders?

When you contact a breeder, please introduce yourself and give them a brief history of your life with dogs, and what you are looking for. If you call and simply ask, “Do you have any puppies,” the short answer may well be, “No.” Most reputable breeders want to know about you before they say if they have or may have puppies available. They don’t want to argue if they don’t think you are an appropriate home. Most reputable breeders live busy work and home lives, so you might also ask if there is a better time to speak with them.

Bringing my new Basset Home

I'm going to bring my puppy or dog home.  How do I get ready?  What training should I be able to do?  What supplies to I need?  How do I keep my Basset Hound safe?  These questions and more are answered in two places.  Visit the Discover the Basset or the Basset Hound Owners Guide.

Introducing my children to the Basset Hound

My small children need to learn about the breed.  What can I do?  Try letting them color in the BHU Coloring and Activities Book and telling them a little about the Basset.  It is very important to teach children, particularly small children, at the very beginning how to act around a new dog.

Supervise well.  It is best if you feed your new dog in a crate, where he can eat undisturbed, and teach kids not to wake up a sleeping dog, startling them by accident.  Children need to be taught to be gentle with dogs, and not step or stand on them.  They also need to remember to keep their toys put away, and close doors carefully, so their new friend does not get out of the house accidentally.