Just have to be careful with their eyes and ears. Make sure their ears stay dry because ours liked to get them in the water when she drank. If they stay dark and wet, that can be breeding grounds for a nasty infection.
You have to make sure that they don't get overweight either with those stumpy little legs. And, their backs. I wouldn't let them jump up and off places that are a bit of a strain because they may slip a disc.
As with any dog, if they are properly socialized, it will get along well with other animals. Ours loved dogs and cats.
The last thing I can think of because they tend to have an oily textured skin, is just be careful they don't develop a skin condition.
No, they are not dumb. But, they do like the sound of their own howl ;) Great dogs in my opinion. Good luck! Just make sure to do all of your homework so that you know exactly what you are getting into!
They're great, but watch out for their ears especially when you bathe them, make sure it's completely dry or it could develop an infection. Bassets are lazy too so they love to sleep a lot, mine usually sleeps outside all day until she eats, she'll play for a bit but gets tried really fast. They are very lovable and fun!
I've heard they have a loveable nature, and thick coat that needs to be brushed regularly. The ears would be obvious, and prone to infections. My books tell me they are the ideal family dog. Here's some text I found online: UNDERSTANDING THE BASSET HOUND
The Basset Personality
Despite a deliberate, unhurried manner and captivatingly clownish demeanor, the Basset Hound possesses great intelligence and what may often be viewed as stubbornness may more appropriately be attributed to an innate ingenuity. In fact, the Basset excels at getting his way, from “demanding” a tasty morsel at the table to hurling his hefty 65 pounds into your lap! His overly long body, short legs and delightful wrinkles become a kaleidoscope of amusing expressions, all cleverly orchestrated to win us over. And win us over he does. Gentle and sociable in nature, the easy-going Basset Hound is loyal to master and family, devoted to children and mild-mannered and friendly towards other animals
Calm, good-natured and affectionate. Gets along well with people and other dogs and pets. Good with children. Loves to be a lap dog. Not a good guard dog.
Sensitive and stubborn nature. A Basset takes punishment and reprimands to heart. Can be stubborn and conveniently “hard of hearing.”
Pack mentality. A single Basset may not do well left alone for long periods. For working owners, the company of another dog is the next best thing to having you there.
A scent hound. The Basset was bred to trail game. His keen nose can lead him into dangerous situations such as the path of a speeding car or an unfenced swimming pool. The Basset is safest in a secure, enclosed area.
Relatively low activity level. Prone to obesity. Healthy, trim Bassets have good energy levels, but they are also content to snooze away the afternoon in a patch of warm sun. Although this laid back nature makes them desirable house pets, their weight must be kept in check. A daily walk with your Basset is recommended.
A large, hefty dog, possessing more bone for its size than any other breed of dog. Although Bassets are low to the ground, they are not small dogs, with most ranging from 50 to 65 pounds. The average person will have a difficult time lifting an adult Basset Hound.
A smooth-coated dog. A wash-and-wear dog who may be bathed as frequently as needed. Bassets are either tri-colored (a combination of black, white and tan) or red-and-white (a lighter red-and-white may be called lemon-and-white). Coat colors are distributed over the body in no particular pattern.
Growing puppies have special needs. Until they are a year old, Basset puppies should not go up and down long flights of stairs or be allowed to jump on and off elevated objects such as couches, beds or porches. The joints of this heavy-boned breed are still forming and excessive stress or strain may cause permanent injury. After a year of age, these activities, within reason, are usually not harmful to your Basset.
Short legs may mean a needed boost! Many, but not all, sturdy, low-slung Basset Hounds may require assistance getting into a car. The unique, low-stationed Basset does not excel at jumping.
Long ears and droopy eyes need cleaning. Nails need trimming. The long ears of a Basset do not allow good circulation of air and are prone to infection. Owners should clean their dog’s ears once a week. The Basset’s droopy eyes should also be kept clean of debris and nails trimmed once or twice monthly.
i have 2 basset hounds toby is 5 months and tinky is 2 months. they are the sweetest most loving dogs i have ever had. they love people and other dogs. their ears do need regular cleanings but it really isnt that bad. my bassets are really smart toby learned sit and fetch really fast. potty training has been a little dificult but consistency is the key. i love my bassets and i would highly recomend them.