The Basset Hound

This sweet-looking, floppy-eared, low-to-the-ground hound boasts scenting abilities bested only by the Bloodhound. Known as a patient and affectionate family dog, the Basset hides her impressive talents behind a somewhat plodding pace and less-than-athletic exterior. But don’t be fooled. When well trained, the Basset can distinguish herself in Rally-O, tracking, field trialing, and pack hunting. Exercise is essential to keep her fit and slim, and training (or new learning) throughout her life will keep her happy and polite. The popularity of the Basset in popular culture makes her ubiquitous. You’ll find Bassets in cartoons (Droopy), brand logos (Hush Puppies), music shows (Elvis singing Hound Dog to a Basset on The Steve Allen Show in 1956), TV series (Columbo, EastEnders), and movies (Smokey and the Bandit, The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island, Nanny McPhee, The Smurfs).

To give a Basset a home, search online for nearby rescues.