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Basset Hound Colors

What color defines the Basset Hound?

Well... there really isn't one color.

If someone says 'Golden Retriever', then most people think of a Golden colored dog. The Basset Hound actually comes in many different colors.

Some are mostly white with a few tan spots, others are mostly black with some white markings, and many have colors similar to my tri-colored Basset Hound, Hunter, pictured on this page.

My Basset Hound, Hunter

My Tri-Colored Basset Hound
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According to the American Kennel Club Breed Standard, which describes the desired physical makeup and temperament of the Basset Hound, a Basset Hound's coat is either tri-colored or bi-colored. Any recognized hound color is acceptable and the distribution of color and markings is of no importance.

The Basset Hound's eyes are usually dark brown. But, in Basset's with a lighter colored coat, the eyes may be a lighter shade of brown.

A Tri-Colored Basset Hound

Another Tri-Color. What a beaut!
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The Tri-Colored Basset Hound

The tri-colored Basset Hound's coat usually is a combination of the colors black and white as well as either tan, brown, or red.

There are also rare cases of Bassets that are blue, tan, and white. The blue is actually a shade of grey.

The Bi-Colored Basset Hound

The AKC Standard defines the following color combinations for the bi-colored Basset Hound:

A Bi-Colored Basset Hound

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  • Black & White
  • Lemon & White
  • Mahogany & White
  • Red & White
  • Black & Brown
  • Blue & White
  • Brown & White
  • Tan & White

As you can see, there are many different Basset Hound colors and color combinations.

So if someone says 'Basset Hound', what comes to mind? Well ... I'm not thinking color, I'm thinking short legs and long, floppy, velvety ears!

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