Basset Hounds are the most adorable and appealing puppies you have ever seen. They have big beautiful eyes and feet to match, long ears and a coat that would fit their granddad!
When you pick one up it nestles quickly to your body, their short legs make them easier to get closer too, they are soft and squishy, they just love to be cuddled. They adore the company of people - children or adults! It can be fast asleep in its bed and you sit on the floor, it will soon sense you are there and come to you for a cuddle to to sit against your leg.
Sharing your life with a Basset Hound is a most enjoyable experience, made even more so if you take enough time to learn about the breed and its uniqueness. As the label says a Basset Hound is a hound; donít expect the alertness of a terrier, the protectiveness of a guard dog or indeed the demands for attention or affection of a toy dog. Nor expect the versatility of one of the breeds that can be obedience trained - a Basset Hound will only disappoint you. To expect a basset to be more than he /she is, is not only unfair to the breed but to the individual dog. Trying to mold the calm and docile Basset Hound into another type of dog would be a serious mistake - let your Basset Hound be just what it is and you will be very pleased with the result.
The Basset Hound is not a small dog, it is a large dog with short legs, it packs a lot of dog into a long low slung parcel weighing anywhere between 45 and 70 lbs and measuring 15 inches to the shoulder. It has more bone and mass for its size than any other breed of dog recognised by the Kennel Club.
A Basset Hound has a very sensitive nose and a reputation for being stubborn but following its hunting intstincts are its primary objective, this may make the breed appear to be wilfull and disobedient to those who have not undertaken the work of finding out about the breed prior to buying a puppy. It is also worth remembering the puppy will grow to be at least the size of its mum!
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