Adopting a Basset!

What does UFBH look for in an adoptive family?

What does an adopting family need to know about bassets?

Large size of basset hounds—Many people are surprised to find out that basset hounds are large breed dogs. For their height, bassets have the densest bone mass compared to all other breeds. On average, bassets can weigh between 45 and 65 pounds.

Bassets are not lazy—Bassets are hunting dogs. They have been bred for endurance. Many will run circles around you! Additionally, puppies are puppies regardless of their breed. Basset puppies are curious and often into everything. Rarely are they lazy!

Stubborn personality—Many people mistake stubbornness for stupidity. UFBH wants to dispel this common misconception. Bassets are very intelligent highly evolved thinkers that can learn basic obedience. However, if you want a dog that will obey your every command, the basset hound is probably NOT for you. When asked to perform a command, bassets often require a little “persuasion.”

Need for attention/Barking when left alone—Most basset hounds are very affectionate dogs and firmly insist, despite their size, on being lap dogs. Basset hounds do not like to be separated from their pack for long periods. They will show their displeasure by barking or howling. Moreover, for a short dog, their barks and howls are very LOUD!

Sensitivity to heat—It can get very hot in Utah. Because bassets are very low to the ground, they feel the heat (especially on pavement) reflected off the ground more intensely than humans do. Moreover, you should never leave an unattended dog in a car during the summer months. It may be 80 degrees outside, but in the car, it is more like 100! Your dog can die!

Shedding—Yes, bassets are shorthaired dogs. Despite this, bassets shed like crazy. During the spring and fall, many bassets have a “molting” period where they shed even more than normal.

Bassets do get lost—Bassets are notorious for catching a scent, wandering off from their homes but not being able to find their way back. Bassets should always be on a leash when out in public. UFBH does require a securely fenced yard, and strongly suggests a lock on any gates.

Health Concerns—There are health concerns specific to every breed of dog. Common ailments in basset hounds include ear infections, development of cysts, glaucoma, and disk disease.

So, you've read this what?

Are you prepared to be responsible for these types of behavior issues and health concerns? If your answer is yes, then you need to fill out an adoption application. Adoption donations are required and the minimum donation amounts are as follows:

Apply Online Here


Download a PDF Adoption Application Here

How does UFBH screen adopting families?

After you have submitted an adoption application and completed a phone interview with the Adoption Coordinator, a home visit will be scheduled. UFBH looks for answers to following questions during the home visit:

Once you've been approved...

After UFBH has received your application and approved you for adoption, it is simply a matter of finding the best match between you and the basset hounds we have available. This may be a quick process or it may take some time, depending on the age, sex, or personality you desire. Younger bassets and females usually necessitate a longer wait. When the perfect basset hound becomes available, the Adoption Coordinator will refer the applicant to the foster family for meeting time arrangements. So long as the meeting is successful, the foster family will review any special advice or suggestions for your new basset and you will sign the Adoption Contract and take your new basset hound home.

***If at any time the basset hound is incompatible with you or your family, you are required to return the basset hound to UFBH care.

If you have questions about adopting that have not been answered by our website, contact our Adoption Coordinator by email or by telephone at 801/466-2639.