Basset Hounds are easy-going, good-natured dogs who are devoted to their families. The breed originated in France where other low-slung hunting breeds were developed. The dogs were bred to move through thick vegetation in heavily wooded areas to hunt badgers and wolves. They had to rely on their highly developed sense of smell to track prey. Coat colours are tricolour, lemon and white, and generally any hound colour.
Temperament: A tough dog with a friendly, placid nature. The Basset is a breed of mild manner and makes a dependable companion.
Lifestyle: Bassets are adaptable dogs. They are excellent with children and make good family dogs, provided the children are taught from an early age how to correctly carry the dog to prevent joint and back problems later on.
General care: A weekly brushing or rub-down with a hound mitt is adequate. Regularly check and clean ears and eyes.
Exercise: He may look languorous, but he does need exercise and has great stamina for long hours in the field. A lead is a must when walking in open areas as the Basset Hound is driven by his sense of smell. They can be trained, but the owner must be willing to dedicate time and effort to training.