In hound terms the Basset Hound is a relative “newcomer” to the hunting scene in this country. The first recorded evidence of it coming to England was in 1866, when one or more hounds were brought over for showing purposes from France. Various versions of the breed had been well established there for many years, if not centuries, and were mainly used for pushing game of differing sizes (from hares to foxes, deer and wild boars) to the waiting guns in the many large forests which can still be found in almost every region of France.

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