The Vagabond Lawyer

A Web Site About Basset Hounds, and Basset Hound Activities.


My call name is TootalsA crook-legged scent hound of ancient heritage. This low-set Norman dog comes from the Basset Artésien-Normand. The Friars of St. Hubert selectively bred other strains of French hounds to produce a lower-set, hence slower moving dog suitable for following on foot. The word “Basset” is derived from the French adjective “bas,” meaning “low.” Our larger, massive dogs, with low ear set, slightly sunken eyes, and pronounced dewlap were established by HRH Princess Alexandra of Denmark and others. The breed was recognized by the UK Kennel Club in 1882.

My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind,
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,
Each under each. A cry more tuneable
was never holla’d to, nor cheer’d with horn,
In Crete, in Sparta, nor in Thessaly:
Judge when you hear . . . .

Theseus, Duke of Athens, from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night&#8217:s Dream, Act IV, Scene 1