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Updated on June 2, 2010



The sad eyed Basset Hound was once a superb hunting dog, according to Bruce Fogle, DVM, (Dogalog). Fogle suspects its pendulous ears may have been used for picking up scent, especially useful on damp mornings, and reports that even today, lighter boned Bassets with longer legs and shallower bodies participate in field trials. Typically; however, today's companion pet Bassets are heavy, long, and low, and personify good humor.


The Basset Hound is common in tricolor, or lemon and white. His slightly sunken eyes look soft and sad, and her ears are long and set low. His hocks are straight, with legs pointing ahead, and his tail is thick, and carried with a slight curve.


The breed originated in France, according to Bruce Fogle, DVM (Dogalog), but is now popular in Great Britain, as well as the United States. It is believed the Basset Hound may have originated from dwarfed Bloodhounds, as he is also a scent hound.


The Basset Hound is good with children, and well suited for urban life. He thrives in either hot and sunny or cold temperatures, but is difficult to obedience train and is not a good watchdog. Basset Hounds weigh from 40 to 60 pounds (18-27 kg), and stand from 13 to 15 inches tall (33-38 cm). Its life expectancy is around 12 years. The dog was first used for rabbit/hare hunting, and is used today as a hunting and companion dog.

Basset Hounds have a notable stubborn streak, but are usually very gentle and benign.  The popular cartoon character, Fred Basset, is symbolic of the breed's good humor.


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      rome44 3 years ago

      Do you make the photos available if you do please let me know.

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Thanks Charlie, for your confirmation that my sources were correct. The dogs are stubborn, and not into obedience training, but wonderful dogs nevertheless. Thanks for dropping in. (: v

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I have 3 of the best. 2 tri and one Mahogany bitch. they shed too dam much and slobber but we do love them. there is also a blue basset, but I don't recommend them, it is a genetic thing and health is not so good, but they command a high price like my Mahogany and the Lemons. They are quite disobedient, but my bourbon does come when called, the other two won't, unless I have a treat. LOL

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Thanks Sam. They are such sad looking dogs; doesn't it make you want to take care of one? Thanks for visiting my site. (:v

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      I love Basset Hounds, even though i do not own any personally. Another excellent hub on the pets in our lives.

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Interesting. My boss is very involved in animal rescue, and has about 18 dogs on her property. They are a sad expressive eyed group. I have four dogs, but none of this breed. Thanks for dropping in. (: v

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      ericsomething 7 years ago

      valeriebelew, good Hub -- especially the photos. A friend of mine is involved in animal rescue in my town, and his breed of choice is the basset hound. They have the most soulful eyes ...