YES! I saw the Crufts dog show and that basset was breathtakingly GORGEOUS! I was mad that he didn't get best of breed, though. The bloodhound was beautiful as well, but the bloodhound that won I wanna say 2004-2005 IAMS/Eukanuba was WAY prettier and had a better stride than the one that won best of breed in the Crufts show.
It does seem that the judges are biased against Bassets winning the major competitions (televised ones). Even the commentators called the standard basset hound a "slow dog". I got kinda angry with those commentators. My basset isn't slow by ANY means.
Fred would be great in the agility ring if I had the funds or a sponsor to pay for it. He has as much energy and intelligence as the working group dogs.
BASSETS ARE SMART DOGS.