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The Basset Hound possesses in marked degree those characteristics which equip it admirably to follow a trail over and through difficult terrain. It is a short-legged dog, heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed of dog, and while its movement is deliberate, it is in no sense clumsy.
Any recognized hound color is acceptable and the distribution of color and markings is of no importance.
The Basset Hound is sweet, gentle, devoted, peaceful and naturally well-behaved. They fit into family life well. They are mild but not timid; very affectionate with its master and friendly with children. It can be a bit stubborn. They do well with gentle patient training and positive reinforcement.
The Basset Hound originated in France in the 1500Æs. Originally, the Bassets shorter stubby legs were longer and the dog more agile than they are today. Bassets were bred for the hunting of hare and other small game. They are æpack huntersÆ, working best in decent sized groups.