These two compete nationally as scent hounds. Here they have been tracking rabbits and just came out of a deep ravine where they found a few tracks but nothing substantial. The Hunt Master is telling them to move on to another field where they might find a better scent to track. They are judged for finding a scent and for staying on it. They rarely find a rabbit since that is not the point. They are graded strictly on tracking.
Here I am photographing a hunt for Three Creek Bassets, a Midwestern pack located in Eastern Missouri. Out of about 30 hounds only a few will become proficient. The top Basset Hounds will compete at various meets on the East Coast several time a year.
The Basset Hound is a short-legged breed of dog in the hound family. The Basset is a scent hound that was originally bred for the purpose of hunting hare. Their sense of smell and ability to ground-scent is second only to the Bloodhound. Basset Hounds are one of six recognized “basset”-type breeds in France.