Why do basset hounds smell like fritos? Yeah, it could be worst, but my pillow and blanket smell like fritos. Shorty (the basset) naps on my side of the bed. He also loves sleeping with his 'daddy'. So there is no way of keeping him off, which I wouldn't do anyway. I have talked to others with bassets and they say the same thing, so it is not just him. So all you basset owners, or owned by... Do your bassets smell like fritos too? And yes, that is the culprit in my avatar.