Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Puppy, Socializing, Obedience
Kewaunee, Wisconsin, United States
Posted October 5, 2016
This breed has the most amazing ability to use its nose, only surpassed by the bloodhound in its tracking abilities. The short legged stance of this breed, paired with its long ears, can lend a quite humorous picture at times, but it is gentle and loving with all around it. Even its name describes its unique stature, which is derived from the French word "bas", meaning "low thing". Scents may well distract a basset hound, so you will want to be prepared for occasional forays after the occasional squirrel or rabbit, if not fully leashed.
These dogs desire nothing more than to please its humans, and though it may not be your exercise buddy on marathons, it will require regular walks to keep the weight off.
My experience with basset hounds showed me that these dogs are placid, less excitable than some breeds, and generally easy going and good natured. They prefer to lay by your feet rather than wander off, of course, unless there is a fascinating scent teasing its very sensitive nose. I have to say, this is a breed that is a great comfort and loyal to have in a household.