The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog of the hound family. They are scent hounds, bred to hunt by scent. Their sense of smell for tracking is second only to that of the Bloodhound. The name Basset derives from the French word "bas" meaning "low". There are no rules concerning color, but it is usually white with chestnit or sand-colored markings. They have smooth, short-haired coats, long low-set ears and powerful necks. Their tails are long and tapering and stand up with a curve. This breed is a large dog on short legs.
This breed fits into family life very well with its sweet, gentle, devoted, well-behaved nature. They are affectionate with its master and frinedly with children. Housebreaking may be a challenge but will do well with gentle patinet training. It is recommended that since Bassets are "pack" animals, if the Basset must be left alone on a daily basis during the daytime while the family is away, a second pet in the family will keep a Basset out of "trouble". Bassets hate to be alone.