Instantly recognizable due to its big, heavy body, short legs and long ears, the Basset Hound has proven itself to be a multipurpose 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, nonconfrontational 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?
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.
- Hound Group; AKC recognized in 1885.
- Height should not exceed 14 inches tall at the shoulder.
- Hunting dog; trailing dog.
AKC Meet the Breeds is a registered trademark of the American Kennel Club, Inc.