The Basset Hound has a secure spot in the history books: a gift to George Washington, a pet to European nobility, and a top trailer of small game for centuries. They are short dogs (no more than 14” tall), easily identified by their long ears, and longer bodies. Bassets hunt by scent, and can be distracted by scents while on walks or training, which has created a perception that they are “stubborn,” but they are not an aloof breed and are trainable. Their coats are low maintenance and their personalities are generally warm: They are known for being loving and highly tolerant of children, although children and dogs should always be supervised. Keywords: Hound, Wash-and-wear
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.