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The Basset Hound.
His short legs have managed to walk right
into our hearts.
From 16th century France to modern Hollywood,
he gets around quite a bit for a dog merely
14 inches tall.
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The name Basset means low.
In French, the word “bas” means low or
The suffix -et in French translates to "rather"
or "very," emphasizing how low this dog is
to the ground.
But just because he is short doesn’t mean
he’s delicate: Basset Hounds are typically
only 14 inches tall but weigh a whopping 50
to 60 pounds.
Breeders intended the short-legged the basset
hound to be smaller and lower than typical
hounds because his short stature makes him
a more effective hunting companion when pursuing
a variety of small game like rabbits.
This squat pooch was bred by French aristocrats
and was tasked with tracking and scaring small
animals out of the low brush for hunters.
All basset hounds have achondroplasia, a common
form of dwarfism in humans and sometimes dogs,
that's characterized by genetically abnormal
bone and cartilage growth.
For most dog breeds, achondroplasia is considered
In the basset hound, the trait is essential
This is the case for the dachshund, basset
hound, corgi and bulldog breeds.
Data from genome studies in short-limbed dogs
reveal a strong association of this trait
with a retrogene coding for fibroblast growth
Dogs described as bassets date back at least
to the 16th century, when "low" hounds gained
popularity as hunting companions, particularly
But basset breeding was not strictly codified,
and the basset underwent many changes over
It wasn't until the late 19th and early 20th
centuries that breeders crossed bassets with
bloodhounds to increase the small dog's size,
incidentally adding the bloodhound's typically
Speaking of the bloodhound, the Basset is
second only to the Bloodhound when it comes
to using the ol’ sniffer.
The Basset Hound has a serious sense of smell.
He has over 220 million smell receptors, and
the portion of his brain responsible for the
sense of smell is 40 times that of a human's,
who have just five million scent receptors.
Using his complex nose, he can take in a big
range of smells simultaneously and zone in
on just one.
Once he’s targeted a scent, the dog can
follow the smell for impressive distances.
It’s not just his nose that helps him follow
Although they are adorable, a basset hound's
floppy ears also serve a practical purpose.
The Basset’s ears have a lot to do with
When a basset hound tracks his prey, his ears
sweep the scent up toward the dog's nose.
The loose skin at the basset hound's throat,
aka the dewlap, also helps trap the scent
to amplify the dog's already powerful olfactory
As a result of being so low to the ground,
the basset picks up more dirt than other dogs—which
means he needs frequent baths if you want
your house to stay clean.
Additionally, his eyes need frequent wiping
to prevent infection, and because those large
ears don’t circulate air very well, they
need to be cleaned at least once a week.
Oh, and like most hounds, he does have a tendency
to be a bit stinky with many often describing
the smell as corn chips.
Shampooing is an option, but too many baths
will dry out his skin.
Although he is a hunting dog, he is not a
Thanks to his stubby legs and thick body,
the basset hound has trouble swimming.
Stick to outdoor activities away from large
bodies of water.
While the dog is generally happy to hang out
on the shoreline, he shouldn’t be left where
he can fall in.
He ain’t nothing but a hound dog.
The song "Hound Dog" is not about an actual
dog, of course.
But when Elvis recorded the song in 1956,
he performed a version that changed the lyrics
significantly, so it didn't seem like such
a stretch when, performing on "The Steve Allen
Show," he sang the song to a basset hound
wearing a top hat.
Elvis later called this "the most ridiculous
performance of my entire career."
Cledus, This is Frog.Hello, Frog.
Meet Fred, Frog.
Frog, feed Fred.
And like Elvis, the Basset Hound is rather
Basset hounds are natural show-stealers.
From Flash on The Dukes of Hazard to Fred
in the Smokey and the Bandit movies to Sam
on That’s So Raven, the Bassets have hammed
it up on screens both large and small.
Also, the breed inspired Droopy, the slow-talking
cartoon character created by Tex Avery in
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