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 dog, 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. New owners should be prepared for a dog that actively follows scent while outside or on walks. Instantly recognizable due to its big, heavy body, short legs, and long ears, the Basset Hound has proven itself to be a multi-purpose dog that excels in conformation, obedience, tracking, field trialing and pack hunting. The breed is known for its strong hunting instinct and, if given the opportunity, will chase or follow a scent willingly. Because of its gentle, non-confrontational nature, the Basset can be used for hunting in packs or alone. The Basset can be any hound color, which includes combinations of black, tan, white, red and other colors and their coat requires minimal grooming. The Basset’s sweet, gentle disposition makes him a great companion and a wonderful addition to any family who prefers being a lap dog versus a guard dog.