Hello all. We're thinking of getting a new family dog. Grandma's buying and she is a Basset lover. I really like them too but the kids don't, which makes me sad. We have 3 kiddos: ages 7, 4 and 1. My only concern is that they are so big. The kids are afraid of them at g'ma's house (she has 4 of them) as they jump up and scratch and knock the kids over in their excitement. I think they would make a wonderful family pet if I knew that the kids could adjust or that the dog could be taught not to do that. Anyone with experience with Bassets and small children? Thanks
Jumping is a matter of training, more than it is breed. Some people think it's 'cute' when their dogs jump up on them, and most dogs don't realize it's ok to jump on some people, but not everyone.
As the dog is going to be a family dog, as much as you like basset hounds, have you considered sitting down wtih a book that shows pictures and gives details on a lot of different dog breeds like a dog encyclopedia and letting your kids pick out some dog breeds that they like and that you like too? It'd help your kids feel more involved in the decision and it's pretty fun too.
Basset hounds generally are very good with kids though.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 7/11/2005 1:31:37 PM*** Reason: add
Sorry, no experience with Bassetts, but I DO have long experience with small children and large dogs. We had a black Lab while our children were growing up (17 years), followed by a Lab/Dane mix (9 years) and now have Great Pyrenees. NONE of them were or are allowed to jump on anyone. AT ALL. Period.
It is something that irks my son-in-law, as he's young and likes a "rough and tumble" type of dog. "Ya' know...a GUY'S dog!"
Like the Rottie he had. The rough and tumble with Max led to my son-in-law nearly losing an eye and stitches that ran from eyebrow to the outter corner of his mouth. Our grand daughter was also bitten on the face. Was the dog mean or bad, NO, he had been TAUGHT to "play rough" and it got carried away. It was the HUMAN who taught him to play rough. He would love to have his Pyr (one of my pups) be a dog he could get down and wrestle with and have him stand on his hind legs and "box" with him.
Shaggy however is the dog that lets his 4 year old and 20 month old ride him like a horse, hang on his tail, etc...He LOVES to play, but does NOT jump on you to do so.
All dogs who enter our home and those who were from our litter are socialized from the earliest with children from infants on up. They are taught from the start that jumping is simply not tolerated.
If you want a Bassett, go for it! Just get a pup and DON'T let grandma' train him or her.
A friend of mine has a basset that is really good with her children; however, her kids aren't as young as hers. The only thing that she doesn't like about the dog is that she has to clean his ears several times a week.
The fact that your kids are afraid of Bassets should be a red flag. Before you even start looking into getting a dog, you should be letting your kids adjust to the dog at their own pace...don't rush/force it. You have a 1 year old, so I would suggest waiting a little bit before getting a dog. That way your kids can adjust more and your 1 year old can grow up a little...and you won't have to worry as much about the puppy getting rough with him/her. Bassets can be good with children (a friend of mine had three younger siblings and a Basset...all grew up with dog and loved her so much), but of course, that depends on the individual dog and training. Bassets can weigh in at 50 lbs. You kids need to respect the dog but not be afraid of it. How about (after your kids are comfortable with the dogs) looking into a rescue and getting a middle-aged basset that's already been socialized with kids?
I've noticed that about Bassets (the smell). Is there anything to do for that? more frequent bathing or perhaps some doggie deodorant spray that doesn't hurt their skin? I understand that it's some kind of seborrhea which is a condition that is difficult to treat, but treatable nonetheless-??