The term ‘Basset’ first appears in a book on hunting that was published in 1585 in France. Various different breeds of Basset were developed here, and the term itself appears to have come from the French word ‘bags’, meaning ‘low’. All Bassets are shor-legged dogs, being bred initially from taller hounds. The Basset Hound itself is of relatively recent origin, derived from crosses involving the Basset Artesian Normand and the Bloodhound. It first achieved prominence in Britain at the end of the 1800s. Here the breed has been used to hunt rabbits, but in the United States it has been pitted against a wide range of game, including opossums.
Coat Type/Colour: Short; White with tan and black
Height: 13 – 15 Inch (33 – 38 cm)
Weight: 40 – 51 lb (18.2 – 23.2 kg)
Classification: Hound/Small Hound
Nature: Tenacious, Greedy, Friendly and Tolerant
As pack animals, Basset Hounds tend to be greedy by nature, and particular care needs to be taken with pet Bassets, to ensure that they do not become overweight, otherwise male dogs can suffer direct trauma to their penis from the ground. Regular daily walks are particularly vital with this dog breed. Typical Basset colours are lemon and white or a tri-coloured combination of black, white and tan.
Especially in the countryside, Basset Hounds Dog Breed will often set off in pursuit, regardless of their owner’s instructions, if they pick up a scent. Like other hounds, they can be stubborn and relatively difficult to train, but Bassets are generally good-natured, and make lovely companions, their loud, baritone bark carrying over a considerable distance. They do not suffer any inconvenience from their shortened legs, although it is probably best to choose the puppy with the straightest legs in the litter.