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Basset Hound

Basset Hound
Country of origin
France
Classification
FCI[?]:Group 6 Section 1
AKC:Hound
ANKC[?]:Group 4 (Hounds)
KC(UK)[?]:Hound
NZKC[?]:Hounds
Breed standards (external links)
FCI (http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:R9RTtwba3MQJ:www.fci.be/uploaded_files/163gb98_en.doc+site:www.fci.be+%22163+/+05.+03.+1998%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8), AKC (http://www.akc.org/breeds/recbreeds/basset.cfm), ANKC (http://www.ankc.aust.com/basset), KC(UK) (http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/hound/h768.htm), NZKC (http://www.nzkc.org.nz/br412)
Notes
Also recognised by the
Canadian Kennel Club[?]

The Basset Hound is a chunky, short-legged breed of dog of the hound family, which hunts 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".

These dogs are around 33 - 38 cm in height. They have smooth, long-haired coats without feathering and are generally black, white and tan or lemon and white, although other colourings are possible. They have long, low-set ears and powerful necks, with much loose skin round their heads which forms wrinkles. Their tails are long and tapering, and stand upright with a curve. The breed is also know for its hanging skin structure which causes the face have a permanent sad look on it which to many people adds to its charm.

They are placid, but tenacious dogs and companionable, having been bred to hunt in packs. However, they should not be allowed to run off the lead unsupervised as the breed has a strong hunting instinct.

Basset Hounds were originally bred in France, and the first known reference to the breed was in 1585.



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