The Basset Hound holds the record for world's longest dog ears! These low-to-the-ground pups were bred originally in France to be rabbit-hunting dogs, because of their incredible sense of smell (second only to the Bloodhound). In the home, Basset Hounds are gentle, patient pets that do very well with children and other animals. They are loveable, amusing, and naturally well-behaved, making them a perfect household pet. Because of their low centers of gravity and stocky bodies, Bassets have a medium-low energy level.
The Basset's long, floppy ears help bring scents directly to its nose, and the loose skin underneath its chin helps to trap them. The Basset's sense of smell is second only to the Bloodhound.
Bassets were developed by the French to use while hunting, and are most likely descendants of the St. Hubert Hound, an ancestor of the present-day Bloodhound.