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The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog in the hound family.
For you francophiles out there, although a UK hound, its name comes from the French bas, meaning low, and the addition of et, in this case meaning rather.
So a “rather low hound”.
The Basset is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare.
Their sense of smell and ability to ground-scent is second only to the Bloodhound.
The basset hound is a friendly, easygoing dog. Originally hunting in packs, they tend to be good with other dogs and other pets in general.
Bassets are people oriented and get along well with children.
The hunting urge is still quite strong and if not safely confined they will go off hunting on their own.