This is why basset hounds rock!

The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family. They are often called “Bassie” or less frequently called the French Hounds. Bassets were first bred to hunt rabbits, and now they are known to be one of four types used in hunting rabbits out in an open field. Bassets have a very distinctive appearance with their long ears, drooping eyes, and short legs; however, this does not affect them from running up to three miles per hour at top speed, despite their low height. Most hunters will praise these dogs for doing well on hunting hares, spaniels, and foxes because it has been proven that bassets have a better sense of smell to sniff out and alert their hunters. However, even with this ability, bassets run slower than most dogs, making it harder for them to chase after the prey longer distances, causing them to lose interest in the scent before they can get a clear shot at the animal.

Where are basset hounds from?

Origin Despite being often called a French hound, Basset Hound was originated in England. Many people believe that they got their name from being bred with “bas,” meaning low, because of their low stature. In fact, basset means “low” or short in the French language, while hound is a dog breed that hunts game using scent rather than sight. The original purpose of bassets was to be used in hunting rabbits, and therefore they have a keen sense of smell, excellent tracking ability, and outstanding stamina. Many reports were said that Basset Hounds were cross-bred with Bloodhounds during the Middle Ages; however, there is no evidence about this as there was also no record of when Basset Hounds first came into existence.

Are basset hounds good with kids?

Although they are typically gentle, basset hound temperament can vary.
Basset Hounds need socialization from a young age to get along with other dogs and kids (although they are typically gentle-natured). However, although bassets can get along with kids and cats and dogs, there is no guarantee that this will be the case with every basset hound.
You need to remember when keeping Basset Hounds and children together that, like most pets, bassets should be supervised around young children: even though these dogs are typically calm and laid back by nature, accidents sometimes happen.

The best dog breed for your family depends entirely on your preferences and lifestyle. Before getting a basset hound, consider the breed’s temperament carefully; don’t keep one just because you think they look cute or would be good with kids.

If you are considering getting a basset hound puppy of any age (or an adult dog), remember that dogs require a lot of exercise and care when they are first brought home – especially puppies who need to learn what their new homes will be like so that they can adjust better once they come into your life. If you do not want to give your pup too much attention at first, then maybe you should not consider getting a dog of any breed.

The Basset Hound is not a dog for everyone: 

They require lots of love and attention. However, if you have these things to spare, the basset hound is a gentle one and will fit into any family.


The Basset Hound is a breed of dog originally bred to hunt rabbits and other small games. Basset Hounds are not hyperactive dogs: while some may be more active than others, it is generally accepted by the breed standard that they have a low energy level and are relaxed pets. Some basset hounds tend towards laziness, but others are pretty active.

Their wrinkly, sad-looking faces give them an air of sadness as well – but in the Basset Hound temperament, there is true sweetness. While most dogs would want to kill cats and other animals to protect its owner from harm, basset hounds are not aggressive by nature and seem to understand that cats mean no harm.

Basset Hounds generally prefer to lead a quiet life and don’t make good guard dogs as they do not tend to bark often (and if they do, the barks are low-pitched). However, they can sense danger well enough when it presents itself and may attempt to defend their family from any intruder in the house.

Are basset hounds hypoallergenic?

No, they’re not hypoallergenic. Some people believe that basset hounds have less shedding, making them hypoallergenic; however, this is not true. The truth behind this myth is that some dogs shed more than others, and while they may not seem as hairy as other breeds, they still retain dander which causes problems for people who are allergic to dogs.

Life expectancy

The average life expectancy of a basset hound is between 10 and 15 years, with some living up to 20 years.

Are basset hounds hunting dogs?

Basset Hounds are known for their distinctive scent tracking ability. The dogs have a surprisingly good sense of smell that enables them to track scents for hours at a time, even in difficult terrains such as thick woods, brushy or overgrown fields, and swamps. Their history as hunters makes them an excellent companion for those who enjoy hunting recreationally; however, they can be just as gentle and loving family pets.

In a nutshell

Basset Hounds are friendly dogs that enjoy human interaction.
They have floppy ears and a long body with short legs. They were originally bred to hunt rabbits, so they’re ideal for people who enjoy long walks. Basset Hounds are very easy to train. They’re eager to please and love praise from their owners. They do best with one-on-one training sessions rather than group classes, which can be overwhelming because of their friendly nature.

One downside about Basset Hounds is that they like to eat almost anything! They’ll even eat trash if they get the chance. Also, going on walks can be a drag for them because of their short legs and long bodies, so make sure you have plenty of patience when walking them! If you take good care of your Basset Hound while training them, your bond will only grow stronger over time!

Basset Hounds are friendly, playful dogs. They’re effortless to train. If you walk your Basset Hound regularly and give it plenty of exercise, it will stay healthy and strong for years to come!

Basset Hound Art Prints

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