Basset Hound

Ease of Training
Guard Dog


  • He descended from France
  • He was chiefly used for hunting rabbits, hare, and deer by their scent
  • He was bred to have small legs to slow him down on the hunt and hunters would follow him on foot
  • The word "Bas" in Basset means "low thing" or "dwarf" in French
  • He was used primarily for hunting rabbits in the United States

Personality and Behavior

  • He's very easygoing, laid-back, and not aggressive
  • He gets along well with strangers and other dogs
  • He's affectionate
  • He will follow his nose whenever he catches a scent ignoring everything else around him, including you
  • He slobbers and drools


  • He's one of the most difficult breeds to train. You will need lots of patience as he is one of the slowest to learn obedience commands.


  • He sheds profusely! You will find a lot of hair in your home - stuck to your couch, carpets and clothes - and to just about everything else. You will be vacuuming regularly.

Grooming / Maintenance

  • His short coat only needs to be brushed occasionally. However, because it sheds profusely you may find yourself brushing it a couple of times a week, or even daily, to reduce the hair in your home (what you remove with a brush doesn't end up on the couch!).

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