Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Plantersville, Texas, United States
Posted January 11, 2019
I had the pleasure of caring for many of these sweet , silly dogs in my first job as the owner was a sucker for the hounds and, to be honest, I ended up infatuated with them too. Almost every one of them seemed to get along and we could take 30 hounds out into the big pasture at the same time without any issues. They came when you called them and thrived on routine! They were super super smart and they knew exactly which kennel was theirs, what time they ate each day and which play group they went in. They also knew who they could sicker into giving them treats, scratches, and snuggles. They were surprisingly quick-learners. They would go in their crates without issue, could be housebroken within days, hardly ever chewed up furniture (though they were never unsupervised), and loved to learn tricks! They do however have health issues you need to watch out for. They can suffer from eye issues because of their droopy faces, disfigured legs, back issues, and ear infections. We had a couple basset hounds that had to be put down due to brain tumors and one had to because he became partially paralyzed where he couldn't move his back end but was still feeling pain. Ear infections are very common as their ears don't allow a lot of airflow so they must be checked and cleaned regularly. Otherwise, most basset hounds can be pretty healthy and live long lives. We had many live past 10 and a couple pass away as old as fifteen and sixteen. These hounds are super affectionate. They love to snuggle and get scratches or lounge on the couch with you. They are very vocal and not afraid to tell you what they think. Most of them love to play and will happily wrestle, chase a ball, or play tug of war with you. They even enjoy long walks and can be very happy being an active dog if that's what you want, but can also enjoy a lazy life too. They can also be very silly and bring some good laughter into your life. Absolute joy to be around! I would definitely recommend a Basset hound to anyone looking for a lifelong companion to bring joy to their life.