Basset Hound Prices in 2024: Purchase Cost, Vet Bills, and More!

Written by Erin Whitten
Updated: October 17, 2023
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Basset hounds are easily recognizable by their unique droopy ears and deep-set eyes. This distinct appearance, combined with their charm appeals to dog lovers everywhere. If you’re contemplating bringing one into your home, it’s essential to be informed about the associated costs. Generally, a basset hound puppy will cost you between $500 and $1,500. However, if you have your sights set on a premium basset hound, the price tag can jump significantly, reaching up to $3,000.

There are multiple initial expenses that will help you get your basset hound set up to thrive.

How Much Does a Basset Hound Cost?

When contemplating a basset hound for your household, it’s vital to tally up all related expenses. The final price tag can fluctuate depending on the basset hound’s pedigree, and the source of purchase. Beyond the initial cost, gearing up for dog ownership means equipping yourself with the necessary supplies and establishing a connection with a reputable vet.

Average Cost

Thinking about bringing a basset hound into your life? Keep in mind that the price can vary quite a bit. It all depends on where you’re getting the dog, its health, and its pedigree. On average, with supplies and other initial expenses included, you’re probably looking at an upfront cost of at least $2,000.

Reputable Breeders

Going with a reputable breeder might cost you a bit more upfront, but it’s a smart move for the long haul. Good breeders focus on health checks and ethical breeding, making sure you get a healthy pup. For a basset hound from one of these breeders, you’re likely looking at a price range of $1,500-$2,500.

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Generally, a basset hound puppy will cost you between $500 and $1,500.

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Adoption Centers or Animal Rescues

One of the most admirable routes to find your new basset hound is by choosing to adopt from an animal rescue center or shelter. Not only is the adoption fee generally lower than purchasing from a breeder, usually between $500 to $900, but it often covers initial veterinary care like vaccinations, deworming, and spay/neuter procedures. Besides the financial aspect, opting to adopt supports these centers, allowing them to continue their vital work for both prospective pet owners and the animals they care for.

Sleeping Basset Hound white and brown on sofa

One of the most admirable routes to find your new basset hound is by choosing to adopt from an animal rescue center or shelter.

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What Is Going to be Included in the Adoption Fee?

Choosing a reputable source, be it a breeder or an adoption center, usually means you’ll get a package deal. Here’s what’s often included:

  • Health Certificate: A licensed vet will have given the basset hound a once-over, ensuring it’s in good health.
  • Vaccinations: Your pup should be up-to-date with all its shots.
  • Travel Crate: If the dog needs to be shipped, this will often be included.
  • AKC Paperwork: If your basset hound is an American Kennel Club breed, expect to receive the necessary certification paperwork.
  • Starter Pack: This can be a bonus from breeders and shelters alike, often comprising food, toys, coupons, and other essential supplies to get you started.

Other Factors That Influence the Purchase Price of a Basset Hound

Bloodline

Acquiring a basset hound from an esteemed lineage can carry a significant price tag exceeding $3,000. Such an investment represents not just a purchase, but an embrace of the breed’s rich history. Originating from France, these scent hounds were used primarily for hunting game due to their keen sense of smell, and they’ve since become cherished family companions. However, even with a prestigious pedigree, it’s crucial to prioritize health screenings and ethical breeding; after all, even purebreds aren’t exempt from health issues.

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Originating from France, these scent hounds were used primarily for hunting game due to their keen sense of smell, and they’ve since become cherished family companions.

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Gender

Some breeders may price male and female basset hounds differently, especially if they factor in potential breeding rights. However, for the average pet owner, this gender-based price difference is often slight. It’s essential to choose a dog that aligns best with your family’s needs and lifestyle, regardless of gender.

Cost of Vaccination and Other Medical Expenses for a Basset Hound

ProcedureCost
Initial Vet appointments$150-250
Initial Vaccines$75-150
Sterilization$150-250
Microchip$50

Cost of Food and Supplies for a Basset Hound

Food and SuppliesCost
Bed/Cage$20-40
Nail Clipper$10
Brush$10
Leash and Harness$50-65
Food and Water Bowls$45-60
Toys$40-60

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Basset Hound?

Insuring a basset hound varies depending on the type of coverage you’re seeking, the age of your dog, and where you live. On average, you can expect to pay between $30 to $50 per month for a comprehensive policy that covers accidents, illnesses, and routine check-ups. However, considering the breed’s susceptibility to certain health issues, it might be wise to opt for a more extensive coverage.

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On average, you can expect to pay between $30 to $50 per month for a comprehensive policy that covers accidents, illnesses, and routine check-ups.

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How Much Does It Cost to Train a Basset Hound?

On average, group puppy training classes can range from $50 to $100 for a 4-6 week program. Private lessons can be more costly, often starting at $50 to $100 per hour. Given the basset hounds stubborn nature, consistent training from a young age is crucial. Investing in early training can save you both time and potential behavioral challenges in the future. It’s also worth considering ongoing training or refresher courses to keep your basset hound well-behaved and mentally stimulated.

Basset Hound Health Concerns

Basset hounds, in particular, come with their own set of health concerns. They’re susceptible to bacterial and viral infections, parasites, bloat, glaucoma, and Addison’s disease. Beyond the routine annual check-ups at the vet, there’s a chance you’ll face additional costs for medications or surgeries. It’s wise to be financially prepared for these potential health-related expenses, as they can substantially increase your monthly pet care budget.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Jne Valokuvaus/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Erin Whitten is a writer at A-Z Animals, primarily covering dogs, food, and travel. She earned her BA in Communications and Digital Media from Arizona State University in 2019. A resident of Massachusetts, Erin enjoys hanging out with her shelter cat Azula and taking photos of other animals.

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