They feel a need for a company and are happiest with their families around. No wonder they aren’t good watchdogs. But how much do you really know about Basset Hounds? Check out the following facts and learn more about this hound.
1 The French word "bas," meaning "low," is where the word "basset" comes from. The suffix -et in French translates to "rather" or "very," emphasizing how low this breed is to the ground.
2 Breeders intended the short-legged basset hounds to be smaller and lower than typical hounds because their short stature makes them more effective hunting companions when pursuing small game like rabbits.
3 All basset hounds have achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism in humans and sometimes dogs, that's characterized by genetically abnormal bone and cartilage growth.