Hi. I recently moved into a condo and am looking at adopting a dog from a rescue. I've been researching breeds for weeks trying to find that perfect fit. Of course, I've realized there's not going to be a "perfect" breed for me, but I want something in the 40-60 lb range that will enjoy taking walks with me as well as lounging around on the couch. Anyway, I'm thinking about a basset hound, but one website said they drool a lot. Can anyone tell me how much of a problem this is? I obviously expect to be cleaning up after my dog quite a bit, but I don't my floors and furniture destroyed.
Is your apartment up or downstairs? Because of the low center of gravity and the elongated body, you might want to use caution on the stairs with a Basset Hound.
Be sure not to overfeed, overweight Bassets tend to have more back problems than Bassets that are kept at a reasonable weight.
They do like to bay, not so much a normal bark, but a mournful, baying bark type noise. They can be very loud, which may be a problem if you have close neighbors.
I never had any trouble with my Basset Hounds having oily coats, maybe it is just in certain bloodlines? Mine had normal coats and did not have any odd smell, could be the way you feed them too.
Don't feed Bassets table food, keep them on their dog food, again refering back to the weight issue.
Bassets are a great dog, remember to keep them on a leash or have a fenced in yard for them. Once they get outdoors, they put their noses to the ground and follow bunny trails. My female would stay around the yard, but Elvis was another story. He'd put his nose down to a trail and off he'd go. That is what they were bred to do though, be scent hounds.
I had Basset Hounds for years and miss them terribly, but keep in touch with their new owners.
As for drooling, it depends on the dog. You can have a more dry mouthed Basset and you can also run into those that fling their drool across the room when they shake their heads. I've seen and owned both types.
Hope this helps, if you have any more questions about Basset Hounds, feel free to ask. I'll try to help you all that I can, plus there are a few others here on TP that have or had Bassets and may be able to offer more insight.
thanks basset and pope. I live up one flight of stairs, but they're not too bad. Hopefully wouldn't be a problem for a basset. As far as the noise... I don't think it would be a problem because my next door neighbors have a greyhound that cries pretty loudly when they're gone, but I can only hear it when I'm in the hall- it disappears when I go in my place.
I also don't have a yard. Do you guys think that will be a problem with a basset? This has been one of my biggest concerns when thinking about the breed of dog I want. I am a very active person and spend a lot of time outside, so whatever dog I get will take plenty of walks. Some of the people in my building have some fairly large dogs, and they seem okay... but I do want to make sure my dog is happy with the space I have.
I think a Basset Hound would do ok in an apartment, as long as she is taken out for exercise and walks. Most Basset Hounds are couch potatoes anyway. They love to be on the couch or chair, lounging. They aren't an overly active breed, like a Dalmatian, so they would be suitable for apartment life.
Have you looked at any puppies yet or are you thinking of a Basset rescue? There are lots of Bassets in rescue, waiting for new homes, so you may want to think about looking into them first. Adopting an adult Basset Hound gives him a new chance at life, plus you avoid all the chewing and house-breaking stress of a new puppy.
Basset Hounds can be very stubborn though. It's just part of their make up. I had a beautiful red and white Basset, her name was Ladie, but she was a bull head. If I wanted to walk her and she decided she didn't want to go, she'd lay down on the sidewalk and roll over. Moving a 55 pound, short legged dog is not the easiest thing to do. :D
They love their tummy rubs and scratches. Can't forget those short little legs and knobby knees. Love that Basset waddle.
Guess what guys? I filled out an application for a local basset rescue! I will be talking with someone about my adoption soon, and hopefully we'll find a good match. Based on the website, it looks like they have a lot of bassets that need homes. The apartment issue has been something that has really concerned me. There are a lot of larger dogs in my building, and I wonder how happy some of them are. I really do hope I can find a nice basset that will be happy with my living situation. That's part of why I'm going to a rescue, so I can avoid the puppy stage in my new condo. I'll keep you guys posted.