Short-legged hound of considerable substance, well balanced, full of quality. It is important to bear in mind that this is a working hound and must be fit for purpose, therefore should be strong, active and capable of great endurance in the field.
Stonehenge on the Dog 1887:
As highly prized and eagerly sought for in England as in France.. They are very aptly described by the French writer De la Blanchere as “large hounds on short legs. It is the massiveness of their miniature hounds that first strikes the stranger’s fancy.
The curious formation of their body and limbs, the grand head and brilliant colouring combines to make a whole that is quaint and picturesque and in harmony with mediaeval character. They are the dogs one expects to see on tapestries or roaming about castle keeps.
There are few more useful all round dogs to the sportsman than the Basset Hound. In France it is well known and appreciated and in a very short time people in this country will learn to value their marvellous powers of scent and peculiar manner of hunting
Soundness: Represents conformation and construction, movement and temperament and health. If the function of a Basset is understood, the requirements of soundness become much more easily identifiable. What is wanted is a happy, poised Basset, eager and responsive to its owner, whose every part is complete and functioning correctly: a hound capable of working all day over all kinds of terrain.
Type: Must be inter-related with soundness to breed a Basset that can perform a specific function, and the correct balance between type and soundness must be maintained. There are many hunting breeds, but type differentiates between them. I feel that the head plays a great part in the keynote of type. Every breed has a head that is individual to that breed - some may look similar but are not identical. Type is best described as the sum of points that make a Basset look like its own breed and no other; the ideal for which breeders should aim. It is subject to slight variation according to how people interpret it
Colour: Generally black, white and tan (tri-colour); lemon and white (bi-colour); but any recognised hound colour acceptable.
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