These Dog Breeds Didn’t Look Like This 100 Years Ago!

Basset Hounds Now

Source: Cali1008 – Own work, Public Domain

Today’s Basset Hounds are noticeably different from their nineteenth-century forebearers. Having much shorter legs with excess skin, a curved back, and droopier eyes, today’s Basset Hounds may not be the best hunting companions (though they are still sometimes used as such in England and France).

In fact, their back structure makes them vulnerable to vertebral medical problems, and their eye shape is associated with problems like entropion and ectropion (i.e., inward and outward facing eyelids, respectively). Recently, scientists have pinpointed the growth hormone gene that is responsible for the Basset Hound’s unique body shape.