The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog in the hound family. 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. Basset Hounds are one of six recognized “basset”-type breeds in France. Bassets have a reputation for being slow and lazy, but these hunting dogs enjoy long, rambling walks.
For such a shorthaired dog, Basset Hounds shed much more than you might think. Their short coarse hairs come off on your hands when you pet them and stick tenaciously to your clothing, upholstery, and carpeting.