The “Petit” as it is affectionately known in the United States, is a small, wiry-haired dog known for its happy, outgoing personality. Originating in 16th century France, this scent hound has long, droopy ears, a long, tapered tail and a wiry beard. Petit Bassets tend to be vocal but make great family companions. They are intelligent and very eager to please, and can do well in apartments as well as larger homes.
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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.
Originating in Germany, this dog was historically not intended to become the easy-going lap dog it is today. Dachshunds were bred to be badger-hunting dogs, with their sensitive sense of smell and low-to-the-ground stature. Today, Dachshunds come in two sizes (standard and miniature) and in three varieties (smooth-, wire- and long-haired). They are curious and friendly in nature. These long-bodied, lively pups are sure to steal the hearts of everyone they meet.