I was contacted today by a friend who knows someone who is giving away their 8 yr old Bassett Hound. Apparently, their child is allergic to "Cally" and they need to find her a home. I have never owned a Bassett, but I have always heard that they are wonderful dogs.
They really are a wonderful breed. They are layed back compared to most breeds, tend to be lazy but are great with kids. I've never seen a baset show any form of aggression at all. They make great family pets.
Basset Hounds require lots of companionship. They are placid, well-meaning dogs that can be quite stubborn House-training may require more patience than with most breeds.
They drool when excited and at mealtimes, they shed year round and more so in the spring. Their ears are long and heavy and they get very little air-flow, so they need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Bassets have a strong pack instinct and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. They are very vocal.
Bassets have a reputation of being couch potatoes and they need regular exercise. They love to go for walks and they have great endurance, but have low tollerance of the heat. You must also be prepared to stop and wait while your basset sniffs every interesting blade of grass along the route.
Bassets are scent hounds who instinctively follow their nose. Thus, they must be kept in a securely fenced yard, as they will wander.