Beloved for their adorably—and comically—sad, droopy faces, basset hounds are an even-keeled family dog equally happy chasing a scent trail as they are napping on a lap. But don't be fooled by the basset hound's short stature: This common breed is a lot of dog in a little frame.

The hound's loose, elastic skin and long floppy ears lift and trap scents from the ground, making the basset hound's sense of smell second only to his cousin, the bloodhound . With their gentle, friendly demeanor and preference for lazing around the house, basset hounds can be great companions for all ages , especially children . This strong-willed dog breed requires a good amount of patience but is otherwise relatively easy to care for.