Basset Hound Temperament
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Basset Hound Overview
The Basset Hound Temperament is known for being friendly, sweet-tempered, tenacious, devoted, affectionate, gentle, naturally well-behaved, devoted, and peaceful.
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The Basset Hound temperament is very well suited for big families with children. They are always very friendly. They are very affectionate towards their masters and love being around children. They love to get into active play with children but also like sitting quietly on the laps of their adult companions. They will even relax with you in the evening while you watch television.
With their big droopy ears, long ears and their shot stature, it seems more appropriate that the Basset Hound temperament would be that of a sad, old man. In reality, they are quite active and happy dogs! You will never find a Basset Hound in a vicious mood or harsh demeanor. They will only become this way if the owner has led them to believe that they are the leader of the back over his or her humans and have not been trained to follow basic directions. Basset Hounds, just like other dogs, need to be taught the rules of the house and have their humans hold them accountable to them. If this is not done, they will then become the pack leaders instead! When trained well, the Basset Hound can be a very companionable and friendly dog.
Are Basset Hounds Easy to Train?
Training a Basset Hound can be difficult and challenging. Some people take this as a sign that these are not intelligent dogs and that is not true! They are in fact, very intelligent dogs that have an independent streak. This can make them a little immune to discipline. They also lack the desire to please people, which makes it even tougher! Just because the Basset Hound temperament is known for being mild does not mean these are timid dogs. At times, they can be a little stubborn, especially if they have meek owners. They need to have a firm, confident and consistent owner who will display natural authority over the Basset Hound. They are resistant to obedience and need to be given a lot of positive reinforcement and treats to train them.
With proper training, they can learn to be obedient. It is also important to train the Basset Hounds well for their own safety. Basset Hounds have a keen sense of smell that most hound dogs possess. They love to track smell. They can get distracted very easily if they pick up an interesting smell. This makes it hard to get their attention in certain situations when they might be fixated on a smell and might not know that danger (such as a car!) is coming their way. They are more likely to follow their nose than your directions and might not even hear you calling them back. This is why it is crucial to let your Basset Hound off-leash only in safe or enclosed areas.
Given the stubbornness that is part of the Basset Hound temperament, it can sometimes be hard to housebreak the Basset Hound. You just need to learn to be patient and gentle during training.
Are Basset Hound Good Apartment Dogs?
Basset Hounds need to have a lot of exercise in their lives. They are not like a German Shepherd Dog, but they are prone to weight problem and need to get a lot of outdoor activity. They can weigh up to 60 pounds. They should be walking, running, jogging, swimming or hiking with their owners every single day. This makes them ideal to live in a house that has a backyard or a farm for them to run around in. If you live in an apartment complex or a condominium, you need to take your Basset Hound out every single day and do something active with them to make up for the lack of their independent active exercise time.
Basset Hounds are great watchdogs. They have a very deep and musical bark. They are too friendly to be a guard dog because they will gladly greet all guests into the house and give them a lick. They also bark and howl when they are left alone or when they are bored. The Basset Hounds need to be taken out for a lot of exercise that will wear them down before they are left alone at home so that they are tired and can rest. You should also try to give them their favorite treats and interactive toys to keep them busy so that they do not notice your absence. A bored Basset Hound can also chew up furniture and tear at your shoes, so be very careful! Basset Hounds are also known for barking and howling when there are thunderstorms or when they sense that something is wrong.
Although the Basset Hound temperament can be challenging, this dog can be quite a great companion for a consistent pack leader who leads an active lifestyle. Have some patience and give them tons of love because they love you with all their hearts.