THE BASSET HOUND
(AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD AND EXTENSION)
ESSENCE OF THE BREED
HEAD AND SKULL
FORM & FUNCTION
Drawings from the Japanese Illustrated Standard by Yoko Yamamoto
The Essence of the Basset Hound
"The Basset Hound possesses in marked degree those characteristics which equip it admirably to follow a trail over and through difficult terrain. It is a short-legged hound, heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed of dog, and while its movement is deliberate, it is in no sense clumsy. In temperament it is mild, never sharp or timid. It is capable of great endurance in the field and is extreme in its devotion."
Tenacious hound of ancient lineage which hunts by scent , possessing a pack instinct, a deep melodious voice and capable of great endurance in the field With nose to ground, Bassets follow the scent left by game in open fields as well as dense underbrush and foliage. They don't kill their prey but rather drive it from cover into open terrain to the waiting hunter.
The word Basset means dwarf or low set. The Basset hound is a French Breed; this
term is used in France to describe any hound under 38cm (15ins)
The slowest of the hound breeds. They are considered to have a nose second only to
the bloodhound. In the U.K. they are used as foot pack hounds and whilst slow are
Their bay is deep, very loud and melodious. They mainly hunt hare. They are also
used to drive game to the hunter.
In France, they were used to drive game from dense cover, good pack hounds, truffle
dogs and as terriers.
The following are some comments from the Basset Hound Cub of U.S.A.
"The Basset Hound is a hunting dog. He was bred for hunting small game. He is a
scent Hound. He follows ground held scent or that of trodden foliage that has been
bruised by the game in retreat. The Basset Hound is used primarily for hunting rabbit
although he is successful in hunting other small game. The Basset's long ears were
developed to stir up the scent for his large nose to smell. The fold of skin under the
chin called dewlap are for trapping and holding the scent. His large feet give him
steadiness and his heavy bone is to make him sturdy. His short legs enable the
hunter to follow him apace on foot. The Basset hound must have great lung capacity
and large strong heart so that he can track game for long periods of time. In order for
the Basset Hound to persevere on the track, his angulation and his gait are extremely
important. Basset Hounds are usually hunted in pairs, called a brace. They are expected
to have endurance and stamina to hunt day after day in widely varying terrain, often
with dense undergrowth and in all weather conditions that permit hunting small game."
Short legged hound of considerable substance, well balanced, full of quality. It is important to bear in mind that this is a working hound and must be fit for purpose, therefore should be strong, active and capable of great endurance in the field.
A long low dog set on heavy, short legs with a large, strong head, long ears and stern
(tail) raised in action. The hound has good heart and lung room for following a trail
and soundness of leg to enable him to cover terrain easily, though deliberately. A mild
noble hound with great stamina and covered with elastic skin.
Placid, never aggressive or timid.
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