15 Interesting Facts About Basset Hounds

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.

#1 The French word “bas”, meaning “low”, is the origin of the word “Basset”.

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.

#2 All Basset Hounds have achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism in humans and sometimes in dogs characterized by genetically abnormal bone and cartilage growth. In most dog breeds, achondroplasia is considered a defect. In Basset Hounds, the trait is essential and defining.

#3 Basset Hounds were not only developed for hunting small game, but also for working in packs.

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.

Judy Taylor

Written by Judy Taylor

Judy Taylor combines her love of science and writing to educate pet owners. Her articles on pet wellness, published on a variety of platforms, reveal a deep passion for animals. With a teaching background and shelter volunteer experience, Judy brings expertise to the fields of writing and compassionate pet care.

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