Long-legged French Basset
Good with Kids:
Long-legged French Bassets:
Short-legged hounds such as the Basset Bleu de Gascogne, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne, and Bassets Griffon Vendeen are ideal household pets and they are kept as such in many countries. The long-legged French Bassets are in contrast almost only kept in kennels in packs for hunting.
In this category are included breeds such as the Poitevin, Billy (Grand), Anglo Francais de Petit Venerie, Briquet Griffon Vendeen, Long-legged Griffons, Petit and Grand Bleu de Gascogne, and Porcelaine. All these breeds hunt large wild game in packs, letting the hunters know where the quarry is by their large cries. Such dogs have deeply rooted hunting instincts and a good nose.
It is obvious that these dogs, which live in packs, are able to get on with other dogs, but they are also friendly with children, if somewhat boisterous in their presence.
Because they hunt together without orders from their owner, they have developed as very independent dogs which are brave and sociable. This group of dogs is rarely seen outside France.
Because of their loud voices (which they like to use), these are less suitable dogs for keeping in a home as a pet than the short-legged Bassets or the French Pointing Bassets. An exception to this is the Petit Bleu de Gascogne, which with the right training can make a reasonably good family pet.