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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".  

They are very calm and companionable breed.  The Basset Hound is among the most good natured and easygoing of breeds; friendly and known for their pleasant disposition and emotional sensitivity-I say- inquisitive, caring and have natural  endurance- love long walks and/or hikes.  They also enjoy tracking games that let them use their powerful nose.

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The Basset Hound is around 33 to 38 cm (13 to 15 inches) in height at the withers.  They usually weigh between 50-70 lbs.  They have smooth, short-haired coats and are generally tricolor (black, tan, and white), red and white or lemon and white. They have long, low-set ears and powerful necks, with much loose skin around their heads that form wrinkles.

Basset's gained popularity during Napoleon's reign Emperor Napoleon III (1852-1870).  In 1863, the Basset Hound reached international fame at the Paris Dog Show.  The American Kennel Club first recognized Basset Hounds as a breed in 1885 and the Basset Hound Club of America was organized in 1935.

It is commonly believed that Marquis De Lafayette brought Basset Hounds to the United States as a gift to our founding father,President George Washington!

Informational source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia