The Basset Hound is a sweet dog that makes a fantastic addition to any family. Seemingly lazy and uncoordinated, this hound is graceful and agile when chasing a scent. He is gentle with children, loyal to the family and friendly with everyone that he meets.
You should always keep a Basset Hound on a leash when outside, because it is almost impossible to distract, or catch, this breed once it finds an enticing smell. You can fulfill this aspect of a Basset Hound’s nature by hiding treats around the house or teaching him to track members of the family.
Basset Hounds are a short stocky breed that seems to be all ears and skin. Although easy to brush because of the short coat, Basset Hounds require daily cleaning of their ears, wrinkles and eyes. This is not a difficult process, but owners need to do it every day.
Basset Hounds are reasonably healthy but are prone to a few medical problems. Skin and eye problems from the loose skin as well as joint and bone issues relating to their heavy dense bone structure are the most common problems associated with this breed.
Do not expect quiet from a Basset Hound. They are notorious howlers and have a wide range of barks, whines and grumbles that they use frequently. They vocalize to tell you that they need to go out, there is a squirrel in that tree over there and there is an intruder approaching the home. They are aware of their surroundings and want to share every little detail with their owners.
For such a cute and charming dog, Basset Hounds are surprisingly strong willed. Their tenacious personality is great for hunting but can be frustrating for an inexperienced dog owner. Early obedience training is important with this breed. Luckily, Bassets food, so training with treats makes the process easier.
A Basset Hound does best in a family with a fenced in yard whose preferred exercise is a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood. He is always ready to go for a walk but does not have the stamina for jogging or hiking.