Basset Hound Among Smartest Breeds

They may seem lazy, they may seem not too smart, but don’t be fooled, they are smart.

They will not do tricks just for the sake of doing tricks, they’ll do it because they want to, they’ll do it because they love you. That’s a basset hound. And on top of it all, they make great pets and are great with kids.

In the website PetCareRX, Lauren Leonardi posted an article on July 11, 2013 that listed the 7  most intelligent dog breeds. Basset Hounds are right there. They are #5. The article lists them as follows:

  1. German Shepherd
  2. Standard Poodles
  3. Border Collies
  4. Dalmatians
  5. Basset Hounds
  6. Labradors
  7. Golden Retrievers

The article notes that basset hounds are family dogs, great with kids, kind, patient, and loving. My son was 3 when we got our first basset. I could not have asked for a better dog. She tolerated all his shenanigans. I worked hard in teaching him how to kindly treat another animal. But he was all boy and there were times when he did things to her that I could not have believed that she didn’t bite him. But she didn’t. (One example, he’d jumped off the third step from the bottom of the staircase onto her, barely missing her body (this was nipped in the bud immediately), but our Ginger just looked at him and went back to sleep). She was so, so mellow.

Basset hounds are scent dogs, and you must remember to hide your garbage. They’ll find the treasures inside of them.

The criteria for determining intelligence included breeds that consistently score high on canine intelligence tests, and are known by experts and their owners to have a knack for learning and smarts.

So, congratulations basset hound.

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4 Comments

  1. Bassets appear to be not too bright because they won’t do something unless they want to, and that’s called stubbornness, not lack of intelligence. They are very food oriented, ours will do almost anything for food. We love our boy and wouldn’t want any other breed,…..well maybe a German Shepherd, they’re our second favorite.

  2. Bassets appear to be not too bright because they won\’t do something unless they want to, and that\’s called stubbornness, not lack of intelligence. They are very food oriented, ours will do almost anything for food. We love our boy and wouldn\’t want any other breed,…..well maybe a German Shepherd, they\’re our second favorite.

  3. Bassets appear to be not too bright because they won\\\’t do something unless they want to, and that\\\’s called stubbornness, not lack of intelligence. They are very food oriented, ours will do almost anything for food. We love our boy and wouldn\\\’t want any other breed,…..well maybe a German Shepherd, they\\\’re our second favorite.

  4. I had a wonderful basset for 12 years. Sonny was a people pleasing dog and very sensitive to anything that made a person vulnerable and he was especially good with babies and young children, the elderly and the disabled. He loved everyone except a threatening neighbor and the therapists who worked with Grandma Mandy. He didn’t understand why they made her cry and had to be put outside until they left. Two of my grandsons learned to walk holding onto him. He was easy to crate train. He would eat anything except green peas and lettuce. He understood a LOT of language, way beyond commands. He hated water except for drinking including the kiddie pool, the sprinkler, the river, the ocean and especially the bathtub. He napped in the sun in the backyard even when it was very hot outside and slept so close to the wall furnace that we never could figure out how he didn’t get burned. Until he started getting sick a few months before he died he loved to fetch and he raced around in a circle from the living room, to the hall to the kitchen. He did the same thing just inside the fence in the back yard. We called it barrel races because it looked like the rodeo event including leaning in on the turns. He was a beloved companion that I still miss often and I consider him a special gift from God to my family.

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