Differences between a beagle and a basset hound


May 2

Posted by Barkibu editors

Confusions between different breeds of dogs are usually between races belonging to the same group. In this case, the beagle and the basset hound are two breeds of bloodhounds.

However, the differences between a beagle and a basset hound are obvious. Starting with their height, the size of their ears, and, of course, the length of their paws.

Characteristics of the Beagle


Beagle dogs are very friendly, which makes them family dogs. In addition, due to their compact size and their short hair, they are quite popular. What not everyone knows is that, despite having short hair, beagles lose a lot of it.

The beagles are smart and curious dogs, with a moderate energy level, although very playful. Their good sense of smell can make them lose their way following some scent, so it is important to be aware of them if we release them from the leash.

Despite being friendly and familiar dogs, they are not easy to educate. They are mischievous and independent and can be stubborn to even the most expert owners.

Unfortunately, beagles are the most commonly used breed of dogs for laboratory experiments. For a long time, there are organizations dedicated to saving these dogs.

Characteristics of the basset hound

Basset hound

The basset hound gives the name to the genetic mutation known as bassetism, also a characteristic of the dachshund, which consists of the disproportionate size of the body in relation to the limbs.

Another of their characteristics is their long ears, which give them an adorable appearance.

But what made the breed popular in the first place were their hunting instincts and their ability to track. Later on, they would become the image of the shoe brand Hush Puppies, and as the protagonists of ads and series.

As a pet, basset hounds are very patient, so they are ideal dogs for families with children. They are also easy to educate, although their intelligence can sometimes make them a little stubborn.

They are moderately active dogs, with a tendency to obesity, so it is important to go for a walk every day and exercise. Although their physique may seem somewhat clumsy, the truth is that they are quite agile dogs.

Differences between a beagle and a basset hound

Differences between a beagle and a basset hound


The beagle has his origin in the United Kingdom, while the basset hound originates from France.


The beagle has an average size of 36cm and an average weight of 11kg, while the basset hound has an average height of 34cm and a weight of 27kg.

Physical characteristics

  • The basset hound has very short legs in relation to his body.
  • The basset hound has very long ears, which are almost dragged along the ground. The beagle has fallen ears, but of a size more proportionate to his stature.
  • The basset hound has folds and wrinkles in the body, the beagle does not.
  • The basset hound has fallen eyes (the skin hangs), which does not happen to the beagle.
  • The basset hound has nine possible colors, while the beagle has eleven.


The beagle is more energetic than the basset hound, and barks more.