Dog Words & Phrases


Meaning: Description of a type of long-eared, short-legged dog once used for hunting foxes and badgers (and therefore also known as a basset hound).

Origins & History: “Basset” was not originally the name of a type or breed of dog – it was simply a description, in French, of fogs that were short in stature (bas, “low”) and relatively small otherwise (-et, diminutive suffix); it was first recorded in English in 1616, since when it has apparently always been pronounced in the English fashion, and not the French.

*From the book Dog the Wag by Mike Darton

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