As the name suggests the Basset Hound is a “low set” hunting dog. It was originally bred to track scents and its short legs ensure that its nose is always close to the ground! Even today, these dogs will follow any interesting smells that they come across.
The dog breed originated in France and there is proof of its existence dating back to the late 1500’s. They were introduced to Great Britain in 1066 during the invasion by the Normans. The breed didn’t reach Australia until the late 1950’s.
They are lovely, placid, laid-back dogs that are fabulous with children. Their droopy eyes make them very endearing and they are generally friendly and good-natured to anyone that they meet.