The Basset Hound has such a distinct look—a short, low-to-the-ground body with big, hanging ears—it’s no wonder it has inspired several cartoon characters (including one named, you guessed it, Droopy). But its incredible hunting instinct and scenting abilities are what first earned this breed its popularity. As pets, Bassets are extremely patient (especially with young kids who tend to yank at their ears when not supervised) and easy to train, and despite their plodding pace, they do well at various dog sports.
- Instantly recognizable due to its big, heavy body, short legs and long ears, the Basset Hound has proven itself to be a multi-purpose dog that excels in conformation, obedience, tracking, field trialing and pack hunting.
- Because of its gentle, non-confrontational nature, the Basset can be used for hunting in packs or alone.
- The breed is known for its strong hunting instinct and, if given the opportunity, will chase or follow a scent willingly.
- The Basset can be any hound color, which includes combinations of black, tan, white, red and other colors.
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