The Basset Hound is a descendant of the Bloodhound. The name Basset comes from the French word 'Bass' which means 'low' and 'et' added meaning 'rather low'.
The Basset Hound is easily recognisable for its droopy skin, which makes the face look very sad, more so with the large brown eyes.
Another characteristic is the vocal range. Bassets may bark or howl as a warning and a low murmuring whine to get attention, which to some, sounds as though it is talking.
As a scent dog the large dewlap, the largest of any breed, traps the scent. Bred as a hunting dog, it is well suited to hunt fox, hare, opossum and pheasant.
The Basset's long ears which hang in their food and drag across the ground make it prone to infection. As well as ear infection Basset's are also prone to eye issues because they too, droop.
As a pet, the Basset is good with other pets and children and being highly food driven they are easy to train, putting the myth that they are stubborn to rest. This however can lead to obesity which is very common.
Basset Hounds have been popular in both TV and culture such as Fred in 'Smokey and the Bandit' and Fred Basset in a daily comic strip in the Daily Mail newspaper. The Footwear brand 'Hush Puppies' feature a Basset Hound as its logo.