i've heard they can be hard to housebreak. from being very nose oriented scent hounds, they aren't interested in a lot but following their nose. so be diligent and expect it to take some time. they can really howl. the long ears are prone to ear problems. and the long back prone to back injuries.
I've heard the same as Pearl. When I was looking at our Humane Society for a new dog for our family I saw this adorable dog so I went to its cage and read basset hound and thought he is so cute why is it I am not fond of bassets and just then he howled and I remembered. I think they are adorable dogs just can not handle howling. Good luck.
We have a Golden Retriever now, 7 months. Looking for a buddy for him. We have a baby on the way and would like a companion for our current "little boy". Sounds like there are quite a few things to look for in Bassets. I guess any dog with an unusual shape or look tends to have a variety of issues. Do you all think a retriever breed would be better. Maybe just another Golden or a Lab?
sometimes a bassett can also be not real fond of other dogs, but if raised together are usually fine. personally i'd go for another lab or golden or mix to really keep the other dog company with the same size dog. however i have a lab and a pug and they really play together so well. but pearl gets a better workout from a dog closer to her own size.