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:
- German Shepherd
- Standard Poodles
- Border Collies
- Basset Hounds
- 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.