All breeds of dogs have little interesting facets that set them apart from other breeds. These details may be interesting, unpleasant, or just funny. Three such interesting details about a basset hound has to do with its voice, its nose, and its slobber. This article is just a fun look at some of the more interesting and perhaps even slightly odd aspects of basset hounds.
The first such detail about a basset hound is its melodious voice. Deep and with an ability to carry greater distances than you might think, this dog may not make you closer to your neighbors. Or it might bring you closer to them if they stop by to comment on the vocal talents of your prize pooch. The real time when this dog may let loose with its bark is when it is left alone for extended periods of time. It may howl and howl some more cue to the lack of attention. This is the time when you really might get to meet the people next door. Still, if you think his voice is fun, wait until you see his nose in action.
Basset hounds, bred specifically to be hunting dogs, have very powerful noses. Indoors, this allows them to detect food that has been left out and allows them to pursue said food with almost reckless abandonment. Outside this is another matter. Once again the hunter can take over whenever he catches a whiff of anything interesting. Basset hounds are known for taking off in the direction of whatever their new interest is. Leashes help to curtail this behavior, but it cannot stop your dog from showing some interest in its unseen prey.
They slobber a lot. They slobber even more than you would think. It's true that not every individual basset hound will be exactly the same in this or any department, but most are going to drool from one end of the house to the other and this may even include some drool on the walls. This habit is even more pronounced when the dog is drinking. Sadly, it is often thought to be one of the main reasons that people decide that basset hounds are not right for them even though they already have one. Some people don't take the time to research and are not prepared to deal with this particular trait. It's just another fun fact about daily life with a basset hound.
Basset hounds are fascinating, amusing, and kind of wet. Three noteworthy aspects that set them apart as a breed are their voices, their powerful sense of smell, and their ability to drool so much. It's good to be an individual.