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 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.
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.