Original Name : Basset Hound
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 13-15 inches
Female size : 13-15 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
These tenacious scenthounds with pack instinct display great endurance on the hunt, using their deep, melodious voice to good effect. Basset Hounds are placid animals that display special affection to those close to them and never express aggression or timidity.They have a reputation for being stubborn and obstinate, but their mischievous character means they always manage to absolve themselves.
Nose almost parallel to the upper line of the skull and no longer than the skull. Moderate wrinkling permissible on forehead and close to the eyes.
Long and deep along the entire length, withers and loins at approximately the same level.
Generally, black, white and tan (tricolor) or lemon and white (bicolor), although any recognized scenthound color is acceptable.
Set low, just above eyelevel, long, reaching well below the end of the muzzle, of appropriate length, but not excessive.
Well set, fairly long, strong at the base, tapering, with a moderate covering of coarse hair on the underside.
Smooth, short and close, but not too fine. Clean outline, free from feathering.
Short-legged Basset Hounds are substantial, well proportioned, distinguished dogs. A certain amount of loose skin is desirable. In 1989, the British standard was recognized by the F.C.I. replacing the American standard, which was until then, the benchmark.The scenthound family is a large one, but Basset Hounds are indisputably the most widespread and the most popular around the world today. They are also the heaviest and the most powerful, classified as a large dog, despite their short legs.
Contemporary Basset Hounds have their origins in French scenthounds imported into the U.K. As such, they share as common ancestor what is now recognized as the Bloodhound.