Facical bones


Nose entirely black except in light-coloured hounds when it may be brown or liver. Large and well opened nostrils may protrude a little beyond lips.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Since the Basset Hound absorbs the odors at work with the nose, large and well open nostrils are mandatory.


The general appearance of the muzzle is dry, but not snipey.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Correct Muzzle:

A snipey muzzle is among others the cause of misalignment of teeth.


Flews of upper lip overlap lower substantially

Jaws and teeth

Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.


Lozenge-shaped neither prominent nor too deep-set, dark but may shade to mid-brown in light coloured hounds. Expression calm and serious. Light or yellow eye highly undesirable.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Correct eye:

Too open eye:

Through his hunting predisposition the Basset Hound has his nose constantly on the ground. A wide opened nictitating membrane is continuously exposed to any dust and bacteria. Hereby an ongoing inflammation of the eyes will be a concomitants and will take affect to the health of the dog.


Set on low, just below line of eye. Long; reaching beyond end of muzzle of correct length, but not excessively so. Narrow throughout their length and curling well inwards; very supple, fine and velvety in texture.

Standard My explanation of the standard

Correct ear:

Elephant ear: