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Is a Basset Hound a Good Fit For My Family?


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Are Basset Hounds good family pets? It really depends on what your family is looking for. Here is some information on this interesting dog breed.

Basset Hounds are mild, never sharp or timid in manner but sometimes can be stubborn. They also can be vocal at times with their charming deep, sonorous bark. They are often described as a lovely and amusing household pet for people with a good sense of humor. Basset hound puppies will do okay in an apartment. These pups are quite inactive inside the home and will need lots of outdoor activity on a daily basis where they can run around and play.

Basset Hounds have a slightly curved tail and very large, round feet under strong, wrinkly legs. They are difficult to train and housebreak. They respond best to treat rewards, but the training might prove short lasting if the treat is not given too. They can make wonderful pets but can present many challenges too. Some of their less appealing characteristics have to do with stubbornness, noise, shedding, gassiness, and chronic health problems. They love to go for walks and use their great sense of smell to follow the trails of other animals.

Basset Hounds’ tracking abilities are second only to the Bloodhound. They are known for their loud, melodic howl-like bark. Basset Hound puppies should not be stiff in movement and should move freely.

If you think that your family may be a good match for this dog breed, I would suggest talking to someone who has one, it can really be beneficial.

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