We want to know everything about dogs. Everything! But there are countless dog breeds, and each is a unique animal with its own story. That’s why we’re putting a different breed in the spotlight every week. This week you will learn some facts about Basset Hounds.
The French suffix -et means "rather" or "very" and emphasizes how low to the ground this breed is. Breeders wanted the short-legged Basset Hounds to be smaller and lower than the typical hound because their short stature makes them more effective hunting companions when pursuing small game like rabbits.
Working together as a team, Basset Hounds hunting together in a pack can more easily drive a rabbit or other prey out of cover. This breed gives even non-hunting Basset Hounds a very social personality. Bassets love to be around people, children, dogs, and other animals.