If you’re a basset hound owner or have one in your life that you adore, you've probably fallen in love with their sweet personality and gentle manners. This long, low-to-the-ground furry friend also has an interesting past. Here, 10 fun facts about basset hounds from around the Web:
- The Basset is originally from France. He gets his name from the French word bas, which means "low."
- This breed was crossed with Bloodhounds in the late 1800s. For what purpose? To increase the dog’s size. The result was then crossed with the Artesien Normand to breed the version of Basset that you see today.
- The late 1800s were also the time when Bassets were introduced to America and England, leading to the breed’s popularity.
- Get ready for your close up: In 1928 Time featured a basset hound on its cover.
- Marilyn Monroe owned a basset hound named Hugo while she was married to Arthur Miller.
- The 1950s cartoon basset hound Droopy Dog was created by Tex Avery and first appeared, nameless, in Avery's 1943 cartoon "Dumb Hounded".
- Isn't he lovely? Basset Hounds are known for howling, barking and drooling frequently.
- The Basset Hound is a direct descendent of the Bloodhound. It was introduced in the 16th Century by nobles for the purpose of hunting small game such as badgers and rabbits.
- In the Middle Ages, French monks mixed a variety of hounds in order to produce a dog that could hunt low to the ground, following the scent of rabbits or deer over trails. After that, French aristocrats hunted this for hundred of years to come.
- Own a pair of Hush Puppies—the shoes, we mean! The brand's first salesman, James Gaylord Muir, thought up the name and mascot after a trip to the southeast after traditional fried cornballs, called "hush puppies". Farmers used to throw hush puppies to the hounds to quiet barking dogs.
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