The Basset Hound is a short, stocky dog that is often times relatively heavy. They carry a large head which is well proportioned with a round skull. The brown eyes have a soft, sad look to them and are slightly sunken. Their skin seems to hang from the skeleton and folds around the head and neck area. They have silky smooth ears which hang low and are extremely long. The Basset Hound also has big paws for a dog their size. Their coat is shiny, short and dense. They usually have coat colors that are black, tan, white and red, white with chestnut or with sand-colored markings.
The Basset Hound is lovable, gentle, loyal, calm and naturally well-behaved. They make a perfect family companion because their temperament is friendly and patient. Like all dogs they require some dog obedience training and require that human owners establish pack leadership roles at an early age. They can be a bit stubborn with timid owners.
Bassets love to learn and can easily learn tricks and behaviors in exchange for praise and food. House breaking can be a difficult but they do very well with positive reinforcement and patient dog obedience training. They Basset Hound have an amazing sense of smell and can become easily distracted in new environments.