from France, the ''bas-set" ("low-set") was developed
as a hunting hound that could be followed on foot. By the 1700's
Basset Hounds were used extensively throughout France, differing
somewhat in appearance from province to province. It is believed
that at about this time, George Washington received a pair of
Bassets as a gift, and in the 1800's Bassets were exported to
England and then to the United States.
think of the Basset as a small dog...they are not. A "small"
Basset might weigh 35 lbs., an average one 50 Lbs., and there
are even "large" Bassets weighing in at 65-70 Lbs.
They are prone to obesity, particularly after age 4 or 5. Feed
only a high quality food and watch those treats!
have easygoing temperament, making both males and females excellent
pets. They are strong willed and intelligent, using these traits
to their advantage. They are willing dogs as long as what you
wish of them is what they intended to do in the first place. Otherwise,
you may begin to think your dog has a hearing problem. Patience,
lots of praise, tenderness and perseverance (plus a cookie) work
wonders. Train your basset based on the premise that you are smarter
than your dog. Most important, don't forget to PRAISE YOUR DOG
when he pleases you!...We're all so good at telling our kids and
dogs when they're wrong, but forget to praise them when they're
Hounds love to be loved, and need to be part of a family. They
do not need a huge yard or high fence, but their hunting instinct
can get them into serious trouble unless they are confined to
home or a fenced yard. They firmly believe that they have the
right-of-way in any kind of traffic dispute.