Basset Hound Calendars: Known as the "Hush Puppy" dog they have the head of a Bloodhound and the body of a Dachshund. The name "Basset" is derived from the French word bas, meaning "low thing" or "dwarf." The Basset Hound is a short-legged dog, heavier in bone, size considered, than any other breed of dog. Basset Hounds' heads are wide and have loose, saggy and wrinkled skin. They have long, broad ears and drooping eyelids, often creating cartoon-like expressions from which a few cartoon versions of the Basset Hound have been created. Their coats are short and smooth. Movement is humorous looking and slow, but not clumsy. Bassets are much longer than they are tall, but are actually not small dogs. Bassets are simply large dogs on little legs. Basset Hounds are mild, never sharp or timid in manner but sometimes can be stubborn. They also can be vocal at times with their charming deep, sonorous bark. A lovely and amusing household pet for people with a good sense of humor. In A Midsummer Night's Dream written by William Shakespeare, the ancestral breed of the Basset Hound is described as "So flew'd, so sanded; and their heads are hung with ears that sweep away the morning dew; Crook-knee'd and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian bulls; Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells...". The Basset Hound is essentially a hunting dog with strong natural instincts and will power. The Basset's tracking skills are excellent in that their scenting abilities are only second to that of a Bloodhound. Basset Hounds are generally very vocal, and love to bawl. Gentle and loving to their master and family, they make a wonderful family companion. Basset Hound Calendars.