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 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!).