The thick-set, long Basset Hound is an agreeable creature, getting along well with his kind and other dogs. These dogs trace back to the packs of France, where they were bred by monks during the Middle Ages. The appearance of the Basset Hound is a familiar one, standing 14 inches or less. The dog weighs between 40-60 pounds and comes in any hound color, such as black/tan saddle with white or red and white. The Basset has a sturdy conformation, with short, powerful forelegs and a deep chest. While the Basset’s speed isn’t paramount, its endurance and nose are. His talents are many and varied, excelling in tracking, obedience and pack hunting. He is docile and ever so devoted to his family.