basset hound

bas·set hound

noun \ˈba-sət-\

: a kind of dog that has short legs and long ears and that is used for hunting

Full Definition of BASSET HOUND

:  any of an old breed of short-legged hunting dogs of French origin having very long ears and a short smooth coat —called also basset

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French basset, from Middle French, from basset short, from bas low — more at base
First Known Use: 1883

basset hound

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Basset hound—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.

Centuries-old breed of dog developed in France and maintained, chiefly in France and Belgium, as a hunting dog of the aristocracy. Originally used to trail hares, rabbits, and deer, it has also been used for hunting birds, foxes, and other game. It is a slow, deliberate hunter, with a deep voice and a nose exceeded in keenness only by the bloodhound's. Short-legged and heavy-boned, the basset hound has long, dangling ears and a short coat in any combination of black, tan, and white. It stands 12–15 in. (30–38 cm) high and weighs 40–60 lbs (18–27 kg).


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