The Basset Hound is a short-legged hound dog with an unbelievably advanced sense of smell. The Basset Hound generally comes in two colors, Tri-color or Tan and White.
The AKC originally recognized this dog breed in 1935 as a member of the hound class. It is widely thought that, as a hunting dog, the Basset Hound takes only a backseat to the Bloodhound regarding a sense of smell and tracking ability.
While the modern Basset Hound is French in origin, it is thought that short leg hunting dogs go back as far as ancient Egypt. It is also well known that scent hunting dogs were used as far back as the Roman Empire.
In pop culture, the Basset Hound is featured as the logo for Hush Puppies brand shoes and also appears as a cartoon dog named Droopy. A Basset Hound also appeared in the popular show Lassie as the Collie’s best friend named Pokey early in the series.