The Basset Hound, also known as the Badger Dog or simply as the Basset, is an old, aristocratic scentdog that has become one of the most well-known of all canine breeds. Gentle, kind and distinctive in appearance, the Basset is a loyal and affectionate pet and an easy keeper. The American Kennel Club registered its first Basset Hounds in 1885. The breed is a member of the Hound Group and is most well-known for its stubby but sturdy little legs, long low body, drooping ears and liquid brown eyes. The word basset is derived from the French adjective bas, which means “low thing,” “short” or “dwarf.” Basset Hounds have one of the best noses in the Hound Group, being second only to the Bloodhound. They are friendly, solemn and polite dogs, not prone to dramatic displays of either affection or excitement. Bassets are one of the most popular breeds in the United States and world wide.
The ideal Basset Hound should not exceed 14 inches at the withers; heights over 15 inches are considered a disqualification under the American breed standard. Bassets typically weigh between 50 and 70 pounds. Their short coat sheds frequently, but regular brushing can keep shedding under control. The many folds in their skin, if unattended, can become infected and irritated. Their pendulous ears require special attention.