Bonjour! Well that is how the original
Basset Hounds would have greeted you! Just a little information about
our involvement in this breed. It all started with the movie "The
Rage: Carrie 2" In this version of the movie the "anti-heroine" had
this beautiful Basset Hound whose name was Walter. he didn't have a very
big part in the flick but was very much love by the character Emily Bergl
was portraying. I feel in love with this dog. At that time I was not showing
dogs and was deeply involved in Maine Coon cats. It would be at a cat
show in Albuquerque, New Mexico where I would meet and become close friends
with a breeder/judge of Basset hounds. Another 5 years would pass before
our Bratey became a gift to our son who was turning five years old. i
remember the day Bratey a friend went with me to pick Bratey up from the
breeder's home and we raced from the mountains all the way back into town
to take Bratey up to school to be the surprise for our son at his classroom
It wasn't long before I had changed my mind about not showing dogs anymore and was asking our close friend about getting another Basset Hound from him. This time as luck would have it, we got our Maggie ( Pas de Deux ) around our son's birthday again. Our then mentor was so very fond of our son and these two gifts were absolutely precious and dear.
What is a Basset Hound???
The Basset Hound originated in sixth-century France, a country known for its many strains of hounds. Most strains had a tall version as well as a short-legged size under sixteen inches, which were called “basset” (bas in French means low-set). Both the Basset Hound and its long-legged cousin, the Bloodhound, are thought to be descendants of the famed St. Hubert hounds. St. Hubert, a churchman, was the patron saint of the hunt, who set out to develop a new strain of hound, which looked similar to today’s Bloodhound. Many authorities feel the Basset was a result of a mutation in the St. Hubert strain. This genetic deviation produced a short-legged, dwarfed hound, whose slower movement and low-set form was to prove useful for hunters on foot in search of small game. With his long ears helping to stir up the scent, packs of Bassets were used to drive small prey, such as rabbit and hare, from dense undercover into open terrain where hunters could move in for the kill with spears, nets or clubs. The sport of pack hunting with Basset Hounds continues to this day in France and England.
Understanding the Basset Hound
Despite a deliberate, unhurried manner and captivating and clownish demeanor, the Basset Hound possesses great intelligence and what may often be viewed as stubbornness may more appropriately be attributed to an innate ingenuity. In fact, the Basset excels at getting his way, from “demanding” a tasty morsel at the table to hurling his hefty 65 pounds into your lap! His overly long body, short legs and delightful wrinkles become a kaleidoscope of amusing expressions, all cleverly orchestrated to win us over. And win us over he does. Gentle and sociable in nature, the easy-going Basset Hound is loyal to master and family, devoted to children and mild-mannered and friendly towards other animals
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