The Basset is a very low-slung dog – in fact the name derives from bas meaning ‘low’ in French. They have extremely long ears and droopy eyes, which make them prone to numerous ailments. Although bred to hunt, they are friendly and child loving. They live for food and are champion beggars and stealers. Well-known Bassets include the stars of the Hush Puppie shoe advertisements and Fred Basset from the cartoon strip.