The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, as well as one of six recognized Basset breeds in France; furthermore, Bassets are scent hounds that were originally bred for the purpose of hunting rabbits and hare. Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound. The name Basset is derived from the French word bas, meaning "low", with the attenuating suffix -et, together meaning "rather low". Basset Hounds are usually Bicolors or Tricolors of standard hound coloration.
Basset Hound is one of the very few breeds for which there is
substantial competition in all four sectors of the sport: field
trialing, tracking, obedience and conformation. The Basset
Hound, as you can readily see, is a very different sort of dog.
While he is so often referred to as the clown of the canine
world, the reasons for this strange, distorted frame are the
very reasons why soundness is so important to his very