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The Basset Hound (Japanese: バセット・ハウンド Basetto Haundo) is a breed of dog introduced in Nintendogs + Cats.

Breed Information

Official artwork of the Basset Hound

The Basset Hound was originally bred to help track and hunt rabbits, hares, and pheasants. The spirited dogs' short legs were bred in so that hunters could keep up with them, making Basset Hounds popular among hunters who could not afford the upkeep of horses to keep up with faster hounds.

In-Game Description

  • Nintendogs + Cats:
    (NTSC): "Originally from France, this breed is known for its long ears and adorable short legs."

Unlocking the Breed

Toy Poodle & New Friends Obtain 3,400 Owner Points
Play for 15 days in a row
Golden Retriever & New Friends Obtain 9,800 Owner Points
Play for 31 days in a row
French Bulldog & New Friends Starter Breed

In Nintendogs + Cats

There are two color options for the Basset Hound in Nintendogs + Cats: Tricolor and Lemon & White.

If the player chooses "Surprise Me!" they may find:

  • a solid white Basset Hound
  • a gray & white Basset Hound
  • a piebald Basset Hound
  • a brown & white "Irish" Basset Hound


Nintendogs + Cats

  • Sam/Rufus, owned by Ellie/Anita (competitions only)


Nintendogs + Cats



  • Basset Hounds share the same color options as the Beagle in Nintendogs + Cats.