Basset Hound 101
The Basset Hound is a short-legged, low to the ground member of the hound family. They are known as the ‘scent hounds’ because they were originally bred to be dogs that hunted rabbits and hare. They have a very strong sense of smell which, is second only to that of the Bloodhound. They have a wrinkly, old man look on their faces and large bodies. They are known for the hanging skin structure like the rest of the hounds.
Basset Hound Personality
The Basset Hound is a friendly dog that loves being around other people and pets. They are known to be excellent companion dogs for children and families. Since they are hounds that were meant to chase scents, they still want to chase smells, sounds, cars, etc. This can be dangerous so Basset Hounds should always be on a leash when they are out on walks. If not they might try to run and compromise their safety.
Basset Hound Considerations
For the most part, Basset Hounds do not need much exercise. That being said, even though they are known for sleeping around, they do need to be taken on daily walks that will stimulate their minds and get some of their energy out. One thing to consider as you want to adopt or buy a Basset Hound is that when these guys want attention they not only bark but they also howl and use a low, murmuring sound which sounds like they’re talking!