- Full Name
- Basset Hound
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- Life Span
- 12 - 15 years
- 50 - 65 pounds
The Basset Hound is probably most recognized and well known by its short legs and extended body. The ears are huge and the eyes are droopy... you would think this dog is a total couch potato, but it was actually bred as a hunting dog, and it has one of the best senses of scent out of any dog breed.
Today the Basset Hound is much more easy going- they are kind, chill, and affectionate. Although don't let that fool you, moderate exercise is still important. They actually have very high stamina, especially when they are out in the field, and when they feel like they are hunting or performing a job. They have a few health problems- such as over drooping eyes, and bloat.
- Bred For
- Hunting by scent
- Family Considerations
- Child Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Dog Friendly
- Likes to Cuddle
- Service Dog Ability
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Ease for Novice
- Training Potential
- Amount of Shedding
- Ease of Grooming
- Exercise Need
- Amount of Barking
- Guard Dog Ability
- Tolerates Being Alone
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Good for Apartment Living
- Tolerates Heat
- Tolerates Cold
- Potential to Run Away
- Physical Characteristics
- General Health
- Energy Level
- Amount of Drooling
- Prey Drive
Is the Basset Hound good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.
Is the Basset Hound friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.
Is the Basset Hound friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.
Does the Basset Hound like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.
Does the Basset Hound like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.
Does the Basset Hound make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.
Is the Basset Hound good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.
How well can the Basset Hound be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Basset Hound. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.
Does the Basset Hound shed a lot?
Is the Basset Hound easy to groom?
Does the Basset Hound need a lot of exercise?
How smart is the Basset Hound?
How much does the Basset Hound bark? Does the Basset Hound bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.
Is the Basset Hound a good guard dog?
Is the Basset Hound good at staying alone? Is the Basset Hound independent?
Is the Basset Hound a good apartment dog? Can the Basset Hound live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.
How big is the Basset Hound?
How much does the Basset Hound tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Basset Hound?
How much does the Basset Hound tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Basset Hound?
Does the Basset Hound try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.
Is the Basset Hound a healthy dog? The general health of a Basset Hound should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
How energetic is the Basset Hound? Is the Basset Hound too energetic for your lifestyle?
How much does the Basset Hound drool?
Does the Basset Hound have a large prey drive? Does the Basset Hound like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.
Is the Basset Hound atheltic? Is the Basset Hound fast and strong?
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