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Lynn C. started the first development of a new breed in the hopes of making a smaller version of the Basset Hound breed. Lynn did a lot of genetic research but was unsuccessful at creating a stable breed or standard.

After a few years of research and development, the first Miniature Basset Hound was created with the help of Juan Johnson, who would ultimately continue the research. Juan would be the person to name this new breed carrying on after Lynn’s retirement and ultimate death.

In 2007 a final draft of what is the current breed standard for the breed was created. This is when the breed started producing a consistent breed standard in offspring. At this point, there have been over 1000 MBHs produced.

The MBH became the foundation of a new company called Elite Basset Hounds. This is also the first year the MBH was sold to the public as an established breed.

The breed is producing consistently, and more improvements are being made through a development program.

A Few Facts

About Bassets

  • The first MBH was sold to the public in 2010.
  • Despite looking very similar to the Basset Hound the MBH is not a smaller version of Basset Hound breed.
  • The MBH is a very healthy breed genetically with few health issues.
  • The MBH is excellent at hunting and tracking small game such as rabbit
  • Unlike the Basset Hound, the MBH is full of energy and excellent in agility due to their light bone density.

Breed Features

The MBH picks up on training fast as they are eager to please their handler. Even when training skills mastered the breed is known to be stubborn from time to time. This is especially true if they get a scent. That is why training is very important as you do not want a wandering hound.

Due to its short and wavy hair, the breed is easy to groom. Brushing daily is all that is needed. It is also recommended to take a baby wipe to wipe any excess smells once a week if you don’t like the dog smell.  This breed is good to wash once a month. This breed sheds a lot so the right diet and fish oils are recommended to reduce the shedding.

The ideal weight for the Miniature Basset Hound is below 35 lbs. As long as the individual dog is lean an MBH weighing up to 45 lbs is also acceptable just not breed standard. The hound should be below 14 inches at the shoulder.

The Miniature Basset Hound does best on a raw diet. However, if you prefer kibble then a product similar to Purina Pro Plan can work. It is best to avoid products with grains, chicken, peas, and legumes as they may have a bad skin allergy to these products in food.

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Breed Facts

Breed Information

The Parva Os Lux Basset or Miniature Basset Hound originated in the United States and is a relatively new breed. EBH Founder & CEO Juan Johnson started the development of this breed in the early 2000s. His vision for this breed and the breed’s purpose was to be an excellent tracking dog for hunting that could swim and a loveable smaller sized dog with big long ears. With his background and resources, he was able to efficiently breed down the Basset Hound breed by using specific bloodlines of Basset breeds. While the breed does share some physical characteristic of the Basset Hound, this is not a small version of the Basset Hound breed and should not be considered as such. There is no smaller version fo the Basset Hound breed. This is an entirely different breed. This vision was made a reality in 2007 when he finally created the Parva Os Lux Basset. As he progressed in his development and research of this new breed, he created the company now known as Elite Basset Hounds in 2010 with, his at the time husband, Michael Johnson. With newly added resources and thanks to new leaps in technology and genetic testing, the breed was able to take huge leaps in improvement that would have typically taken decades to accomplish 20 years ago. Using new breeding techniques and genetic testing the breed’s standards can and will improve and solidify in the years to come. This is not a registered breed with any of the major kennel clubs as of yet.

The Miniature Basset Hound is a light-boned dog, unlike the Basset Hound which is heavy boned due to its breed development of being mixed with the Bloodhound. The goal is to increase is agility and speed of the dog making it excellent for tracking and hunting small game. The ears range from wide and long to long and skinny. Ears can also be medium length but large instead of long. This is an acceptable trait but not preferred standard. The ears can set high or flat and can be considered a fault of the breed. The ears should be able to overlap over the nose, and this feature of the breed is difficult to see without actually performing the act. The body should be lean and smooth from the ribs to the back. A medium size build for the frame is preferred. There should be very little loose skin except for the forearm to trap scents. The head should be smooth, and snot should be elongated to a slight degree. Its head length from occiput to muzzle should be greater than the width at the brow. Misalignment of a dog’s teeth is considered a fault. The overall head can appear domed or slightly oval. The coat should be smooth or wavy. An MBH can have a rough coat. However, this is not within the breed’s standard. A rough coat is only a disqualifying factor for conformation shows. The tail should never be docked and should have a white tip to its end. No white tip is a disqualifying flaw. Any faults only disqualify said dog from a conformation show and not any field sports. The MBH is not a registered breed with any of the major kennel clubs and there are no plans for the breed to be. Right now the breed is recognized by the MBHC which handles show conformations and field shows.

They are excellent watchdogs, as they will usually bark at strangers or intruders, but rarely do anything beyond that. Many owners of the MBH are hunters a report that the breed is an excellent hunting dog, and sometimes used for hunting rabbits. In Europe, they have been known to be used to track badgers. Miniature Basset Hounds are 8 to 14 inches at the shoulder and weigh under 35 lbs. Under the breed standards. Over 35 pounds. Overweight Is not a fault and up to 10 pounds. Over the breed standard is acceptable. They do come in some of the same colors of Basset Hound breed. This breed is very loyal and clings to their owners. They are excellent with children of all ages as reported by several owners with newborns to teenagers. They are independent, stubborn and love to follow their nose. A home with a fenced yard or farm with a wireless fence is preferred, but they can live in smaller settings such as a condo/apartment without any problems.
Miniatures do not require an excessive amount of exercise but should be taken for a couple of walks on a leash each day, or a right amount of playtime outside can also satisfy their energy output. It is best to let them sleep inside at night (despite the snoring). They do shed a great deal and do require proper grooming. To decrease shedding it is recommend giving the dog (1) fish oil every week. Although, like most dogs, they will enjoy the attention that good grooming provides. Mini bassets love affection and love to be held. Most will climb right into your lap. This breed was created to be a lap dog. They love human interaction. The MBH, as well as the other Basset breeds, make loving pets. They are exceedingly friendly and loyal, excellent with children, and probably the calmest and relaxed dog you are ever want to meet. The MBH has much energy because unlike the Basset Hound breed the MBH weighs less which means there is not much stress on their bodies. The MBH is prone to joint problems, so we do recommend keeping their activity level down until their bones have fully developed around 12-18 months old. A new owner should not let them run up/down stairs or jump on furniture.

Price Packages

Our prices are separated into three packages (non-training, obedience, and specialty). The standard package is what our kennel has always offered plus a couple of new perks. If you would like a puppy from our breeding program, you must get on our pre-order program to get your free puppy along with a lot of additional free items and perks. Our kennel no longer sells puppies post whelp anymore so this is the only way to get a puppy from our breeding program. Because we do not operate like your typical kennel feel free to visit our group page to chat with past clients to put your mind at ease, our program is not designed for everyone so please review all information on our site before making a decision.


Non-Training Package
$2,000 $1000 Deposit

This is the program price for a spot on our Miniature Basset Hound waiting list. The required deposit for all of our packages is $1000. This package includes the following:

  • 1 Free puppy
  • 1 Microchip
  • 1 GPS tracking collar
  • Genetic Health Test screening
  • Gift Package: (1 big toy, 2 medium toys, treats, 1 training book, and 1 breed book)
  • 10-year health warranty (accidental death, theft and eligible health coverage)
  • Free 30 days of pet insurance
  • Estimated time before getting puppy 3-12 months
  • The puppy will typically be able to leave between 8-16 weeks old.


Specialty Training Package
$15,000 $1000 Deposit

This is the program price for a spot on our Miniature Basset Hound waiting list. The required deposit for all of our packages is $1000. This package includes the following:

  • Everything in the Elite Package
  • Specialty training in the areas for showing, hunting or another service.
    • This will increase you not getting your puppy until it is 6-12 months old or 450 hours of training.
  • Estimated time before getting puppy 6-14 months