Basset Hounds Then
Source: Mary Evans Picture Library/Thomas Fall
The use of scent hounds for hunting goes back to the days of Ancient Egypt, as well as Classical Greece and Rome. The Basset Hound’s sixth-century ancestor is said to have belonged to St. Hubert of Belgium. It wasn’t until the sixteenth century that Jacques du Fouilloux referred to the progeny of St. Hubert as the “basset” dog.
The dog’s short stature easily lent itself to accompanying hunters on foot, in contrast to the use of larger dogs by hunters on horseback. The modern Basset Hound’s forebear is said to have been bred by Everett Millais in nineteenth-century England.