The foremost use of the Basset Hound in the United States is for the hunting of rabbits.
In trailing ability, the accuracy of the Basset's nose makes him second only to the Bloodhound.
In 1935, the Basset Hound Club of America was organized in the United States.
The February 27, 1928 issue of Time magazine carried the picture of a Basset puppy on the cover. The accompanying cover story was a write-up of the 52nd annual dog show of the Westminster Kennel Club at Madison Square Garden as if it were attended and observed by the puppy.
"Basset" as applied to a breed of dog derives from the French adjective bas, meaning "low thing" or "dwarf".
In the US, it was thought that George Washington owned Bassets presented to him as a gift by Lafayette after the American Revolution.