Beagle vs. Basset Hound

Beagle vs. Basset Hound

The beagle is a more compact breed than the basset hound. Both breeds have floppy ears and long noses, but the beagle’s ears are smaller, and its body is shorter than the basset’s. The short legs of the basset result in longer feet. At full growth, it will weigh between 25 to 50 pounds. The beagle’s weight and height are in proportion to each other; its average height is 16 to 19 inches.


The Bassett Hound is well known for its laid-back personality. It may seem sluggish, but it still has plenty of energy and agility. In addition, these dogs are affectionate and active, making them good family pets.
Beagles have double coats with coarse outer fur and soft undercoats. Their straight ears fall near the sides of their face, making it easy for them to hear—and listen—to you. They enjoy being outside, whether it’s in the park or your backyard. The beagle’s short legs, small chest, and heavy body make it less agile than the basset hound. They tend to overheat quickly, so playtime in warm weather should be limited. They should also spend time indoors, though they enjoy being with their people more than inside. This breed is active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Temperament & Training

Beagles are easily trained and very trusting with their families; however, they can be wary of strangers. As puppies, they may nip at first to let you know who’s boss (this is usually the only time you’ll hear them bark), but as adults, their temperament is calm—even-tempered, even when out in public. A Basset Hound does not like to be left alone for long periods. Owners should give this breed plenty of attention and exercise every day, or the dog might become bored and destructive. Its short legs make it less agile than other hound breeds, so agility training might help keep this dog fit by improving its coordination and stamina. This dog has an excellent sense of smell. The nose is strong enough to detect small animals underground; however, it can’t hear as well as the beagle.

Both Dog Breeds Have A Prey Drive

As puppies, both beagles and basset hounds nip at each other like typical puppies; however, once they mature, these breeds are known for their tolerance of other dogs—though today’s bassets tend to be friendly with all dogs. Both breeds tend to chase small animals and will not give up on them until they catch their prey. These traits are part of what makes the hound group so effective when hunting in packs. This breed has been used for centuries by hunters because it stays within a few hundred yards of its owner and doesn’t stray too far from home.

Beagles are good house pets and prefer to be with their owners rather than be alone. This breed can live happily in an apartment with plenty of exercise and human contact every day. Training should start when a beagle puppy is young because it doesn’t respond well to harsh methods that could damage your trust. It learns quickly, but excessive teasing or training sessions too long or too often will leave your pet bored and uninterested.

Basset hounds are generally good around children, as they like the company of people, but they may drool on them while playing. They love human affection so much that they don’t make good guard dogs; they even get along with cats! As puppies, these breeds play together; however, their play becomes less spirited and more gentle as they grow older.

Because basset hounds have longer noses than beagles, they’re better able to find smells in a particular area but less able to detect scents farther away. They don’t possess the stamina of other breeds—especially when it comes to running—and can become tired quickly if it’s forced to run long distances. For this reason, owners should take care not to overdo exercise with this breed; its short legs make it difficult for it to recover from strenuous activity. The key is keeping your pet fit while avoiding injury or exhaustion by doing too much too soon.

This breed has a lot of droolers and snorers but is otherwise generally quiet. They don’t bark much but will howl from time to time, mostly when it’s hungry or alone. Puppies are very playful and may nip at each other playfully; however, as grown dogs, their play becomes less spirited and more gentle so they won’t get hurt during roughhousing.


Basset hounds make good dogs for people who want a low-maintenance pet because they’re generally well-behaved and eager to please. Because this breed is slow-moving, it makes decisions slowly and doesn’t like sudden movements—including those made by children. However, in return for the calmness, you’ll give if you adopt one of these breeds, you can expect a devoted friend who loves being with people.
Beagles are generally good with children but may nip at them playfully in an attempt to get their attention. However, when a beagle is left alone too often, it can start displaying destructive behavior such as chewing and digging attempts to keep itself entertained when no one’s home. Owners should give this favorite pet plenty of exercise to prevent boredom from driving it to act out.

It is essential to consider your pet’s personality and what you are willing or able to deal with when making a decision. For example, some people may find that beagles have more of an independent streak, while others might prefer basset hounds to follow them wherever they go. Either way, if you consider these different breeds’ traits before adopting one into your home, it should make for a better relationship between yourself and your new friend!

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