- Other names:
- Hush Puppy
The basset hound is a short large breed dog most famously known as Hush Puppy dog. The breed is a scent hound and was originally bred for hunting rabbits and other small game. Today the basset hound is still used as a small game hunter, but they are more common as a house dog.
Basset hounds have a short coat and their body has some unique features which help the breed excel with their scent tracking. Characteristics such as heavy wrinkles and long ears help them funnel scents to their nose while their short legs prevent them from out pacing hunters following on foot.
Basset hounds are loyal and somewhat lazy house dogs. They want to be with their family and can develop howling tendencies if left alone for too long. The breed can be stubborn and has a tendency to overeat, but regular training and frequent exercise can solve these issues.