Basset Hounds are big dogs on short legs! With their exaggerated length of ears, wrinkly skins and droopy eyelids these dogs are easily recognised.
A longish, fairly lean head on a slightly arched neck, well set shoulders and firm straight bone, a deep chest, and strong muscular hindquarters are the hallmarks of a handsome breed which must combine elegance, quality and stamina under a silky, easily groomed coat.
They are heavy, long and low dogs, who have a smooth, free action. They have charm and their expressions are intelligent and aristocratic. Bassets originated in France in the 1500's.
Basset comes from the French word 'bas', meaning 'low'. The Basset was bred by medieval monks to hunt in heavy cover. From their physical appearance they appear to be a mix of three breeds: the head, sense of smell, and bone of a Bloodhound, the colouring of a Foxhound and the legs of a Dachshund.
Both their short legs and long backs can cause medical problems so health insurance is a must.