Basset Hounds on average live for about 10 to 12 years.
This is to be expected for most dogs in this dog breed’s weight range. Let’s dive right into some of the health issues that Basset Hounds face that affect the length and quality of their lives.
Basset Hounds usually grow as big as 45 to 75 pounds.
While Basset Hounds are typically very active and outdoorsy, those kept as companions tend to be quite lazy.
In fact, a Basset Hound can sleep for 13 to 18 hours a day. This combined with their large appetite leaves them at risk of becoming overweight and developing obesity and its complications.
This is a consequence of the dwarf build of a Basset Hound. The joint deformity often results in arthritis later on in life and greatly affects their mobility and comfort. It is for this reason that Basset Hounds should not use stairs very often.
This is a condition where the intestines twist and get blocked. It could cause issues as simple as constipation and bloating. It could also be fatal and is one of the leading causes of death in Basset Hounds.
This is one of the main reasons why Basset Hounds smell so bad. Their long, droopy ears create a conducive warm, dark, and often moist environment ideal for pathogens to thrive. This leads to ear infections which, in addition to being smelly, could cause serious complications including hearing loss.
Basset Hounds suffer from a variety of cancers from blood cancers and skin lesions to tumors of the reproductive system. These are often fatal especially when caught late.