Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Previous owner, I haven't learned care / training techniques, Attended conferences / shows
Texas, United States
Posted January 22, 2013
I owned a Basset Hound named Daisy for a couple of years. My step-father acquired her when she was a puppy (basset puppies are the most adorable things you ever seen) and she was fully grown when I first met her. She was the sweetest dog and got along well with our cats and yorkie. Unfortunately Daisy passed several years ago from Lymphoma. I have also taken care of many Basset hounds during my time working at an animal hospital as a kennel attendant.
These are very loyal and affectionate dogs.
They are playful and good with small children and other animals.
They are laid-back and do not demand tons of attention.
They are friendly with strangers and are not overly-territorial.
They have excellent scent tracking and serve as excellent hunting dogs.
They are generally docile and lack aggression.
Basset Hounds are not the smallest tool in the shed...
They can some times be difficult to train if it doesn't start early.
They naturally tend to smell bad if not bathed often.
You need to make sure their ears are kept clean, as they are prone to ear infections.
Howls and barks often (especially if hearing sirens)
If you are looking for a good family dog that will enjoy being active but is also okay with being a couch potato buddy then a basset hound is what you're looking for!