The Basset Hound is another dog breed available on the DogDays App. With its broad ears, low stature and distinctive folds of skin, the beautiful Basset Hound is one of the most recognizable dogs in the world, but also for me it is one of the most iconic American pet breeds. When I hear ‘puppy-dog eyes’ or ‘a boy and his dog,’ Bassets are the image that appears in my mind.
Like its’ forerunner, the Bloodhound, the Basset Hound has its origins in Europe as a scent-hound and tracking dog, and it’s name actually comes from the French word bas, referring to its short legs. Their longstanding popularity and usefulness in this country, however, have secured this breed’s image as the loyal companion to the American family.
With sensitive smell second only to the Bloodhound, the Basset Hound is today still valued for its ability to track prey. The loose, hanging skin of its face, in addition to giving the animal the sad and expressive look that I love, can actually trap a scent and aid it in locating the source. For a combination of gentle companionship and old-world usefulness, the Basset Hound can’t be beat!