According to Pet Wave, the average lifespan for a basset hound is 11 years. The leading causes of death for basset hounds include cancer, cardiac disease, bloat and old age.
The lifespan of a basset hound can be maximized by taking care of the dog correctly and watching for common health issues. Feed a basset hound high-quality food and do not allow it to devour all of its food at once to minimize bloat. Basset hounds often experience musculoskeletal problems because their short stature is the result of congenital dwarfism. Avoid injuries by preventing basset hounds from jumping from high surfaces.