They are one of the UK’s most instantly recognisable breeds of dog, but how much do you know about the droopy and loving Basset Hound?
But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.
Those with active lifestyles might want to consider a larger dog, while somebody with allergies will be looking for a hypoallergenic dog.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
One dog that often appears on people’s canine wishlists is the Basset Hounds – instantly recognisable, they are one of the UK’s most popular breeds and have a range of positive attributes that make them a great family pet.
Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about the breed.
1. What's in a name?
The Basset Hound gets its name from the French word 'bas' and the suffix 'et', which literally mean 'rather low', referring to the the dog's relatively short stature. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. A prestigious lineage
The Basset Hound originated in France, where they were the descendants of the St Hubert's Hound, bred at the Benedictine Abbey of St Hubert between the 6th century andaround 1000AD. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Famous fans
Celebrity Basset Hound owners have included MarIlyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, Doris Day, Clint Eastwood, Shakira, Jennifer Lawrence and George Clooney. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Animated stars
The Basset Hound's cute appearance has made it a favourite with animators. Walt Disney's Droopy is a Basset Hound, while the breed also featured in 'The Great Mouse Detective' and 'The Princess and The Frog'. Photo: Canva/Getty Images