#8 – Bassett Hound Dogs
The Bassett Hound originated in France in an effort to produce a dog with short legs to help trail small game and these dogs were quite popular during Napoleon’s reign. The Marquis de Lafayette presented some of these animals to President George Washington for use in hunting and in 1884, the first Bassett Hound was shown at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. These days, many people value Bassett Hounds as companions and these dogs continue to excel in tracking, hunting, field trials, obedience and conformation.
As you can see, not all Hounds are alike. There is much more to a Hound than a simple hunting dog. So if you had decided against considering a Hound dog as your new pet because you are not a hunter, do not ignore these breeds based on the fact that many Hounds are used as hunting companions. Who knows, a Hound may be just the pet you have been searching for!