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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.
 

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i know. the only thing the commentators had to say about him was that he was, "ponderous." and i don't think i'm being hyper-sensitive when i say that the tone in their voice was somehow dismissive of the basset.

and while some bassets are more agile than others, agility is certainly not the end-all and be-all of a dog's appeal. come on! even still, my female basset can chase birds and run like a champ. My male? Not so much. :rolleyes: But like i said. what does that have to do with anything?

i think it has more to do with ignorance than anything else. and i'm not so much complaining that the basset didn't win. it's more about the way he was talked about. every other entrant, the commentators talked about the beauty and form of the dog, and what great examples the entrants were of their respective breeds. but along comes the basset, and suddenly it's a matter of the whole breed being "ponderous," and nothing about the fact that there walks one beautiful example of a basset hound.

don't worry. i'm not as revved up about this as it might seem. i'm half -kidding. but i still think the basset doesn't get a fair shake.[/b]
I totally agree with your post. They were very dismissive and condencending when discussing the basset. It was like a "whatever" attitude. Their tone was very curt when talking about the basset and when they called the breed "slow" I kinda got hot about it, to be honest.

Agility isn't what make a dog complete. I'd rather have a lazy, friendly dog that shows me love back, than a dog that has a lot of agility with a temper and agressive behavior. For that show to be the oldest, you would think they would have better knowledge about the Basset hound, especially considering that his roots are European (France).
 
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