While searching for an appropriate dog crate, consider how big you expect your Basset Hound to grow. Basset Hounds are long and short so the height of the crate is less important for them then the length. See the below average dimensions. He should be able to turn around easily within the crate.
Dog crates usually show a strength rating based on weight of dog.
Average weight of adult Basset Hound = 40-60 lbs
Make sure your dog crate is a few inches higher than your dogs height.
Average height of adult Basset Hound = Usually not over 14 inches.
A little about Basset Hounds:
The earliest historical reference of the Basset Hound is found in the sixteenth century.
The reference to the Basset is in the subject of badger hunting. Short legged dogs occur in nature and records of them are found in some of the earliest historic records. But to specifically identify when the Basset Hound was specifically bred is difficult. Finding historic ancestry for many breeds can be a challenge. Basset is from the French language. It means a low thing or dwarf. Many small or short dogs could be described as a dwarf so the name does help to historically identify this breed.
Dogs with long legs were faster and hard to keep up with for hunting. A logical solution was to use short legged dogs to hunt with. This type of hunting was done before and during the French Revolutionary war. After the war, hunting with guns was more common and slower running dogs were ideal to move game into the open and track but not necessarily catch prey. Because the often faster running prey soon learned that the Basset Hound couldn’t catch them, they would not always run away. Instead they would just keep their distance. This allowed hunters a much easier target.
In the late 1800s, crosses with Bloodhounds were made to increase size. The first Basset Hounds were brought to England and America in the late 1800s, and interest in the breed grew little by little. By the mid 1900s, the Basset Hound found its way into mainstream media with its sad droopy expression.
Many advertising campaigns to this day uses the Basset Hound.
The Basset Hound is one the most good natured and easygoing breeds. They love to slowly investigate by sniffing a trail. Obviously a trait they got from their Bloodhound ancestry. Speak to any family that has one and you will most likely hear great fondness and affection for the breed.
The Basset Hound needs daily moderate exercise. Its needs are met with a mild daily walk. Consider your dogs daily exercise requirements when figuring out your crate training schedule.
Basset Hound exercise requirements = 2 out of 5
(5 being the breed of dog that requires the highest level of exercise)
Average life span of the Basset Hound = 8-12 years
Dog crates combined with dogs not getting enough exercise will result in behavior problems. Dog crates work best when your dog is getting the exercise he needs. If you’re going to use a dog crate, make sure he’s getting that exercise.
Both you and he will be happier for it.