I am writing this post not necessarily because the basset hound is one of my absolute favourite breeds, but because it is a favourite of a good friend of mine and, according to Pottermore, is his patronus. Which is very important. (My patronus, in case anyone cares, is a dolphin. Unexpected, but not disappointing. Like when your wedding catering company shows up with salmon instead of chicken.) Also, I really like the basset hound from the animated Disney movie, The Great Mouse Detective. At least, I’m fairly sure he was supposed to be a basset hound. Either way, his name was Toby, and I think that if I should ever get a basset hound, his name will very likely be Toby, too.