Welcome to BHCA

National Parent Club for the Basset Hound

COVID-19:  Impacts on Dogs

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus is affecting our lives in many ways. We encourage everyone to follow local, state and federal mandates to help mitigate the impact of this disease. Please consult the US Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization web sites for the latest information on the disease and methods for keeping you and your families (human and canine) safe.

According to the American Kennel Club, there are no known cases of dogs or other common companion animals being infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Owners should continue to follow basic hygiene with their dogs, but no special precautions are necessary. There is certainly no need for a dog to wear a face mask.

For more information please consult the following sources:

CDC: Latest Cases and Updates

AKC-CHF: Coronavirus Information for Dog Owners

CDC: In-Home Care for People with Coronavirus and Pets

Many AKC events are being cancelled due to the closure of sites and mandates against mass gatherings.  Please check the AKC Events Cancellation page for the latest information.  To date the following BHCA and Member Club events have been cancelled; the list will be updated as necessary:

BHC of Greater Fort Worth Specialty on March 20, 2020

BHC of Southern California Specialties on March 20 & 21, 2020 in Anaheim, CA

BHCA Regional Specialty on March 22, 2020 in Anaheim, CA

Berkshire Valley BHC fields trials on April 4-5, 2020 in Flemington, NJ

Valley Forge BHC field trials on April 18-19, 2020 in Hunlock Creek, PA

BHC of Greater Seattle field trials on April 24-25, 2020 in Castle Rock, WA

BHC of Whidbey Island field trials on April 26-27, 2020 in Castle Rock, WA

Timberline BHC Hunting Performance Test on April 26, 2020 in Ramah, CO

BHC of Bayou Country Specialties on May 22-23, 2020 in Monroe, LA

The Right Basset for You

Are you looking to add a Basset to your family?

We have compiled a number of tools and guidelines to make this process a successful one for you and your family. Please take the time to explore all of these materials to make sure that the Basset Hound is the right dog for you.

Search our Breeder Directory to find a reputable BHCA Member Breeder or BHCA recognized rescue organization to help you in your search for your new family member.


Basset Hounds remain one of the most easily recognizable and most versatile of all dog breeds. Gentle and sociable in nature, the Basset Hound is loyal to master and family, devoted to children, and mild-mannered and friendly towards other animals. They excel in a variety of dog sports events and often serve as terrific therapy dogs.

We have assembled a variety of information on this wonderful breed, its history and health, along with helpful tools for the interested Basset Hound owner.

Latest Club News

Where are next year’s Nationals being held?

What's new about Basset Hound Glaucoma?

How did we vote at the latest AKC Delegates' Meeting?

Visit our News page to learn the latest activities of the club, its members, and its activities.

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BHCA Nationals 2020 - New Hotel & Sites!

The 2020 Nationals Committee has secured a new hotel for the Nationals!  Our Host Hotel:

Riverview Inn & Suites

200 W. Riverside Blvd

Rockford, Illinois 61103  USA

phone:  +1-815-282-3033 and mention Basset Hound Club of America

Room Rate:  $109 + tax, $25 one time pet fee.  

Check out the Nationals Page for more information and an updated event calendar.


Basset Hound University (BHU) is dedicated to preserving our breed’s past legacies and working for the future of our breed by providing practical online education programs in areas of interest to Basset Hound Fanciers.  In so doing, BHU will help carry forth the mission of the Basset Hound Club of America.

Owners, judges, breeders, and handlers  of our wonderful breed will benefit from the many online educational opportunities provided through Basset Hound University.

  • Owners will enjoy the Basset Hound Owners Guide and The Coloring and Activities Book for Children is printable.  Owners will also benefit from the Activities School as well.
  • Breeders, Judges and Handlers of our breed will benefit from Basset Hound Terminology and Standard, Survey of Basset Hound Literature, Basset Hound World History, The Illustrated Standard, Judges' Education Presentation and the Pocket Guide to the Basset Hound. Video topics are available as well.

Basset Hound University provides multiple courses as well as self correcting quizzes to assist those interested in learning more about the Basset.


The Basset Hound Club of America Foundation (BHCAF) was established to help fund projects that assist in furthering the understanding of the diseases, genetic defects, and other ailments that afflict Basset Hounds as well as to assist the development, and distribution of educational materials about the proper care, treatment, breeding, health, development and training of Basset Hounds.

The Foundation also works to inform and educate the public about Basset Hounds. The BHCA Foundation also helps promote the rescue and placement of displaced Basset Hounds.

Funding is obtained from various sources such as annual giving, raffles and auctions, estate bequests, independent Basset Hound Clubs and generous donors.

If your heart belongs to a Basset Hound - YOU can be a BHCAF supporter! If your life has been enriched by the presence of a wonderful Basset Hound now or in the treasured past, we ask that you please consider a contribution, no matter what amount, to the BHCAF.

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