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    Bassett Hounds

    Does anyone have any personal experience raising a bassett hound. I've read up on them, but would like some 1st hand experiences or advice. We have 2 kids (5 and 1) and 2 cats. A neighbor of our's has some for sale. They are 8 weeks old. Thanks.


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    I can't speak from personal experience, but I have a good friend that had one, and he was a great dog. He got along very well with kids and cats in the home. He had the nastiest farts, which slipped out as he jumped up on furniture. He once ate a 5 lb. bag of trail mix, as well as a large socket from a wrench, which he passed. He tripped over his ears when he ran.

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    I've heard they are GREAT family pets but you've got to be careful and make sure you don't let them off leash because if they smell something strange or interesting they will take off and investigate.


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    Fun, loving, sweet, but they like to howl at stuff.



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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    The Basset Hound is sweet, gentle, devoted, peaceful and naturally well-behaved. They fit into family life well. Their temperament should always be friendly with never an indication of sharpness or viciousness and would only become so if the owners led the dog to believe he was pack leader over humans. They are mild but not timid; very affectionate with its master and friendly with children. It can be a bit stubborn with meek owners and need a firm, confident, and consistent owner who displays natural authority over the dog. Dogs need to know the rules of the house and have the humans stick to them. Bassets like to do tricks for food. It has a deep musical bark. Housebreaking is difficult, but they do well with gentle patient training and positive reinforcement. With proper training, they are obedient, but when they pick up an interesting smell, it's sometimes hard to get their attention, as they like to follow their noses and may not even hear you calling them back. Only allow your Basset off lead in safe areas.


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Architect View Post
    The Basset Hound is sweet, gentle, devoted, peaceful and naturally well-behaved. They fit into family life well. Their temperament should always be friendly with never an indication of sharpness or viciousness and would only become so if the owners led the dog to believe he was pack leader over humans. They are mild but not timid; very affectionate with its master and friendly with children. It can be a bit stubborn with meek owners and need a firm, confident, and consistent owner who displays natural authority over the dog. Dogs need to know the rules of the house and have the humans stick to them. Bassets like to do tricks for food. It has a deep musical bark. Housebreaking is difficult, but they do well with gentle patient training and positive reinforcement. With proper training, they are obedient, but when they pick up an interesting smell, it's sometimes hard to get their attention, as they like to follow their noses and may not even hear you calling them back. Only allow your Basset off lead in safe areas.


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    My family had 2 bassets when I was growing up. They are very sweet, pretty intelligent dogs, but also rather lethargic. I would say they would be good dogs for kids to be around. Not sure about cats, I suppose every household is going to be unique.

    Shed like crazy in the summer. The best part is when they are young, their ears are so huge, they would trip on them when they walked.



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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinal&gold View Post
    My family had 2 bassets when I was growing up. They are very sweet, pretty intelligent dogs, but also rather lethargic. I would say they would be good dogs for kids to be around. Not sure about cats, I suppose every household is going to be unique.

    Shed like crazy in the summer. The best part is when they are young, their ears are so huge, they would trip on them when they walked.

    we looked at them last night and the pups were hilarious. running all over and tripping on their ears. mom and pop on the other side of the fence could really howl.


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    I can't think of many things cuter than a bassett puppy! We've thought about bassetts several times but have always gone a different direction because they have the reputation for being "maintenance intensive".

    As somebody else said, don't leave food down where they can reach it. At a recent team baseball party, a small boy left his large pizza slice on a lawnchair when he went for his drink. Funny as heck - the bassett grabbed the paper plate, flipped the pizza into the air and caught it on the way down - gone in one huge gulp! I don't think it's a surprise that they tend towards weight issues....


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    We have two of them.
    They are smart, but stubborn.
    Suprisingly athletic and fast.
    They love their schedual and will let you know if you have missed a time for feeding.
    They love being around other hounds as they are pack animals and really love to take turns chasing.
    Will let you know when they see anything (BARK! THERE IS A BIRD! BARK! THERE IS A PERSON! BARK! THERE IS ANOTHER DOG!.....)
    Love (and need) to be walked.
    Good luck keeping them off furniture.
    and they love to sleep in your bed.

    do know that they don't have a good sense of home and will put their nose down and be gone. and fenced in yard and always on a leash when walking is a must.
    do know they can be very strong so make sure everyone gets up on leash training as they can pull amazingly hard.

    Lastly do know there will be hours and hours of belly rubs required in your future and funny antics to be witnessed by all. People say they are dumb, lazy, fat animals. None of these are true at all.

    They are stubborn, funny, athletic clowns and will have you trained within 4 weeks :)


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    We have had one for the last 7 years. She is great with kids. Our 3 kids came along after we got her and she adjusted to the life change well. She likes to go on walks, but tires out after a short while. Rather stealthy when she spots Picnic food! They do shed, and it tends to be a chore to keep furniture hair free. Others are correct, if they get on a scent trail they could be long gone before they relize their not at home any more. Great dog all in all!



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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneYoda View Post
    Fun, loving, sweet, but they like to howl at stuff.
    They are hounds which means howling and eating, alot.


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    any big diff between male sand females besides the obvious?


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    Re: Bassett Hounds

    We have a Bassett Hound, and overall she is a great dog, loves to be outside, but one warning, if you landscape anything where it will be, sprinkle Cayenne pepper on it, or the SOB will tear it up.


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    thanks for the info today


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