Bassets are large, short, solid and long, with curved sabre tails held high over their long backs. An adult dog weighs between 20 and 35 kilograms. This breed is heavier-boned than any other.
This breed, like its ancestor the Bloodhound, has a hanging skin structure, which causes the face to tend to have a sad look which adds to the dog's charm. The dewlap, seen as the loose, elastic skin around the neck, and the trailing ears (which along with the Bloodhound are the longest of any breed), help trap the scent of what they are tracking. Its neck is wider than its head.
Their short stature can be deceiving. Bassets are surprisingly long and can reach things on table tops that other dogs of similar heights cannot. Because Bassets are so heavy and have such short legs, they are not able to hold themselves above water for very long when swimming, and should always be closely supervised in the water.