The Basset Hound originated in France where its name means “low set.” Historians believe the breed may have descended from the now-extinct St. Hubert Hound. Basset Hounds work in packs to trail hare and deer where their low, sturdy frame is well suited for moving through dense cover.
Basset Hounds are famous for their sense of smell, only second to that of the Blood Hound. They are short-legged with long and often roly-poly torsos. Basset Hounds often come in tricolour coats that are short and sleek, although they shed constantly. Basset Hounds are known for their long, floppy ears, loose skin, neck folds, and wrinkles that all conspire to give the breed its sad, droopy expression.
Basset Hounds are extraordinarily patient and tolerant of children and other pets, but do need their downtime. They do not respond well to punishment-based training. Rather, they are highly food-driven, and therefore are trainable with patience. As they are scent dogs keen to follow a trail, Basset Hounds should be kept leashed when out in open spaces. Although sedentary, they require daily walks for exercise and mental stimulation.
Basset Hounds are not great swimmers, and should be closely supervised around water.