1. Basset Hounds are a breed of dog that originated in France, with their name translating to “low-set” in French.
  2. Their long, droopy ears are not just a cute feature, but also serve a functional purpose in helping to collect scent particles while they hunt.
  3. Due to their excellent sense of smell, Basset Hounds are often used as detection dogs by law enforcement agencies to sniff out drugs and other illegal substances.
  4. In 1928, a Basset Hound named “Buddy” became the first canine to complete a solo transcontinental journey across the United States, traveling over 2,500 miles from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles.
  5. Basset Hounds were originally bred to hunt small game such as rabbits and hares, and their short legs and sturdy build make them excellent trackers.
  6. Despite their reputation for being a bit lazy, Basset Hounds actually require regular exercise to maintain their physical and mental health.
  7. The Guinness World Record for the longest ears on a living dog is held by a Basset Hound named “Tigger” whose ears measure a whopping 34.9 cm (13.75 in) and 34.2 cm (13.5 in) in length.
  8. Basset Hounds have a distinctive howl that is often described as sounding like a mix between a bark and a bay.
  9. They are a favorite breed among royalty, with both King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of England being known to keep Basset Hounds as pets.
  10. In the 1970s, a Basset Hound named “Cleo” became the official mascot of Hush Puppies shoes, leading to a surge in popularity for the breed.
  11. Basset Hounds are known for being stubborn and independent, making them a bit challenging to train, but also adding to their lovable charm.
  12. The breed was almost wiped out during World War I due to the destruction of the hunting industry in France, but was saved through the efforts of dedicated breeders.
  13. Basset Hounds are prone to obesity, so it’s important to monitor their food intake and provide regular exercise to keep them healthy.
  14. Despite their short legs, Basset Hounds are surprisingly fast runners, and can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.
  15. The Basset Hound was the inspiration behind the cartoon character “Droopy Dog”, who was created in the 1940s.
  16. They have a friendly and sociable temperament, making them great family pets and loyal companions.
  17. Basset Hounds have a strong prey drive and should always be kept on a leash or in a secure area when outside to prevent them from chasing after small animals.
  18. Their wrinkles and folds require regular cleaning to prevent infection and keep them healthy.
  19. In the 1980s, a Basset Hound named “George” became a celebrity after starring in a series of popular advertisements for Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup.
  20. Basset Hounds have been known to live for up to 12 years, and with proper care and attention, can make wonderful pets for many years to come.