Hello...First, I have never owned a dog, only a cat and a 5 yeard old sister who requires about 5 times more work growing up than any dog I have ever taken care of haha. I am 20 and a college student but only have class for about 2 hrs each day from 8am-10am and live with two other guys. My roomate will be purchasing a boxer puppy as it is predicted to be born sometime next week. But my question is, I am interested in getting a basset hound puppy but not sure if it would be right for me. I live in an apartment (not huge, about 1350 feet with 3 bedrooms located on the first floor) in a resonably rural setting so there is plently of room outdoors for the dog. I have taken care of a basset hound so I know they can be stubborn but it seems like it would be a good fit for an apartment because they do not require as much exercise from my understanding as other breeds. I was also curious on the average annual vet bills for a dog. Just any help you can give me with my decision would be great. Also, if you think a basset hound would not be the best fit any reccomendations on an alternative breed to look into would be welcomed. I was interested in a Lab but figured it would not be the best fit for me given my current situation. Thanks for all your help.
You will be having two dogs in an apartment ? Do you have a pet limit ? How many dogs ? Size limit ? Many apartments allow more than one dog as long as they are below a certain weight. Check with your landlord first to be sure you are able to have more than one dog, and if there are any other stipulations. Also, being a student, if your situation changes, will you be able to keep your dog. When getting any dog, you need to look at it as a lifetime commitment. My sons girlfriend has a Basset Hound. He is adorable, but he is a barker/yodeler. They live on a piece of property so they have no close neighbors. He would not be welcomed in an apartment if the neighbors like peace and quiet.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I have two friends with basset hounds, and their dogs rarely ever bark or howl. I believe the only time that they do is when they are at play with other dogs, and get all excited...
I think a basset hound would be perfect fitted for an apartment, just if there is alot of stairs to climb to get to ur apartment this might not be good for the dog..
Me being a shih tzu lover I of course have to put in my input on how wonderful of dogs they also are. They stay much smaller then basset hounds also, and do very well in apartments. They also are great people persons, and love being around people.... while at school, it would be best to crate train the pup though, as this way it will know not to bark etc..
As for vet bills, the puppy stage is the most expensive... but i know my vet offers a puppy packager for alittle over $300 which includes all shots, and even includes to get the pet fixed...
You say you are a college student, but you won't be one for the next 15 years. When you get a real job and have to move to a different place what will happen to the dog?
Get settled then thing about a dog. Your young and your life will be going through a lot of changes that a dog might not fit into. My daughter is going into her last year of college and I gave her this same advice. She has always lived with a dog and she feel lonely for a dog so she comes home just to visit the dogs. She will wait because she knows it is in the best interest of the dog to have an owner who is settled.