Basset hounds are wonderful, loving dog that are often mistaken for small dogs. They have long, large bodies on top of short legs, and they possess long ears and a droll, droopy face. The basset frame, which is made up of heavy bones, a strong heart, and a large lung capacity, lends the basset tremendous strength and stamina. Bassets are intelligent, gentle, and stronger than their short stature suggests. They are devoted companions, both on the hunt and in the home. Because of their looks, they are often dubbed the clown of the hounds.

Then why do so many basset hounds need to be rescued?

Many people have the mistaken notion that because a basset hound has a laid-back appearance, they are nonactive, or at least minimally active, dogs. This is far from the truth. The basset hound is a very energetic dog, and if this energy is not properly channeled, the basset tends to get himself in trouble.

What is basset hound rescue?

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Are basset hounds smart?

As mentioned earlier, basset hounds are highly intelligent dogs, but because they are often very independent, they are not meant to live in households where basic obedience is a primary concern. Bassets tend to obey when they feel like it, and sometimes not even food can entice them to obey. This is because bassets are bred to be stubborn, so that they can hunt under the most difficult terrain, such as dense underbrush and briar patches. Bassets were bred to hunt rabbits, and only a stubborn, independent dog will follow the rabbit in all kinds of terrain. In fact, bassets would rather track a rabbit than do about anything else, although eating and sleeping would probably tie for second place.

Do bassets get along with other dogs?

Bassets are bred to hunt in packs, hence acceptance of other dogs has always been essential. Most bassets, if they have not been abused extensively, get along with other animals.

I have school age children, can I get a basset?

The easygoing basset makes a wonderful pal for a responsible older child. As with any animal, children should be taught to respect other forms of life. They have to understand that the basset is not a toy but a living being with feelings. However, as most of our animals have been abused and/or neglected, they fare better in a home with adults only.

Are there any negative aspects of basset ownership that I should know ahead of time?

Yes, even though bassets are easy to maintain, they have certain characteristics that owners must accept:

  • They shed year around.
  • Their coat is oily in nature and dirt tends to collect in them.
  • They smell more doggy than other breeds.
  • Most basset hounds tend to slobber .
  • Because of their tendency to follow scents over obedience, a fenced-in yard is a must when owning a basset hound. (An electronic fence is not an option with basset hounds, as they tend to ignore the electroshock. The urge to follow a scents dominates this breed.)
  • They require plenty of exercise to prevent obesity.
  • Homes that have inground swimming pools must have a sturdy fence around it. Bassets can easily drown.
  • And, be prepared for a role reversal: You do not own a basset–It owns you.

Do bassets make a good companion?

Yes, many bassets are loving and faithful companions. If you are willing to put up with their eccentricity, they are willing to put up with yours. But some of our bassets have not had a good start in life. Some were abandoned because their family grew tired of them, some were abandoned because their family did not know what a basset’s personality was like, others were abused, and still others had to be left for adoption due to death or other drastic changes in the family. If you feel that you have room in your heart to love one of these wonderful, independent creatures, we have a number of dogs available for you to choose from.

Click on the “Rescue Organizations” button to find a rescue group in your local area.