Instantly recognizable due to its big, heavy body, short legs and
long ears, the Basset Hound has proven itself to be a multi-purpose dog
that excels in conformation, obedience, tracking, field trialing and
pack hunting. The breed is known for its strong hunting instinct and, if
given the opportunity, will chase or follow a scent willingly. Because
of its gentle, non-confrontational nature, the Basset can be used for
hunting in packs or alone. The Basset can be any hound color, which
includes combinations of black, tan, white, red and other colors.
A Look Back
The Basset Hound was originally developed in France as a trailer of
small game that hunters could follow on foot. Bassets continued to
achieve very notable popularity during the reign of Emperor Napoleon,
and in 1880 Queen Alexandra kept Basset Hounds in the royal kennels.
Marquis de Lafayette brought Basset Hounds, known for their impeccable
sense of smell, to the United States as a gift to President George
Washington to use in his hunting expeditions.
Right Breed for You?To see the breed standard - visit AKC's page on the Basset Hound
The Basset’s sweet, gentle disposition makes him a great companion and
his short coat requires minimal grooming. New owners should be prepared
for a dog that actively follows scent while outside or on walks.