Basset Hound owners over this way please...

(24 Posts)
Bonnefoi Tue 24-Jun-14 21:54:02

Anybody got a Basset Hound or any experience of the breed? Considering getting a puppy. Researching stage at the moment. smile

soddinghormones Tue 24-Jun-14 22:09:51

I've never owned one but we see a couple of them fairly regularly on our walks

Personally I'm not a big fan of extremely selectively bred dogs and would worry about the health implications of such short legs, plus those long ears and skin folds. They do tend to put on weight too which isn't great with those short legs. The ones we see seem to be selectively deaf too - their recall isn't great, but that might just be their training (or lack of it ...)

I know nothing about them either other than there are 3 that used to show up regularly in our local park. They were always onlead <except the time in icy weather where I presume their owner had done a slide and slip and they were off without a backwards glance, leads attached and owner completely absent but shrieking from place unseen>

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't try to capture them as they were off full tilt, it was thick snow and I was already manhandling an excitable pup. Also, the owner used to make a huge deal out of keepng them away from other dogs so I always presumed they weren't keen to socialise so didn't want to put my puppy in a bad position.

I guess the point of my round the houses post is that they looked like hard work!

Floralnomad Wed 25-Jun-14 00:00:24

When I was small my aunt had one and it chewed up the house and howled whenever it was left alone . The only other one I know is local to us now and it barks endlessly ( according to the lady who has an adjoining garden) and when you meet it out it just mows down your dog and tries to hump them ( it has been neutered) .

zaphod Wed 25-Jun-14 00:15:23

I have had a basset hound since the 70s. Not the same one obviously. I don't agree with the 'overbreeding' and none of mine have suffered from this. They are great characters, hard to train, clever and devious, great with children, lovers of heat and comfort, and my current girl doesn't really 'do' walks, although the others loved exercise.

I would highly recommend getting a basset. Be prepared for a power struggle and start as you mean to go on, they need to know that you are the boss, but their quirky characters are worth the effort.

Locketjuice Wed 25-Jun-14 00:25:22

My mum had two, one has just died.

They are horrible! The kids can't go near them as they are so untrustworthy, they have bitten EVERYONE in our family and are horrible with other dogs! They constantly fought amongst themselves, and constantly growl/snap if ANY food was around That being said when they are nice they are lovely..but overall

Smelly
Greedy
Vicious
Unpredictable!

They were spoilt rotten though and i think that's why!

VetNurse Wed 25-Jun-14 09:27:52

Never owned one but seen plenty in practice. They suffer from slipped discs due to their excessively long backs and they get skin issues due to the excess skin which often makes them quite smelly. They are often stubborn and snappy. Not a breed I would ever own or recommend. Plenty of nicer and less deformed breeds out there.

wildfig Wed 25-Jun-14 14:32:31

I have two, and I love them. They have more personality than any other dogs I've ever met, and i wouldn't have any other kind now. But you need to be really careful where you find your puppy - the puppies are so unbelievably cute the breed suffers really really badly from puppy farmers, who churn out litters with no thought for bone structure, health, temperament, etc, all of which can cause big problems. The worst I've had with mine are fairly standard ear infections and the occasional gyppy tum from eating something they shouldn't. There are some very conscientious breeders who go to great lengths to improve their lines, but sadly they're outnumbered by backyard breeders. Always go through the breed club, not small ads.

They're not untrainable, but you'll only ever get results when what you want, and what the basset wants somehow collides. Mine will give right and left paw, and press buttons which is apparently the equivalent of teaching them to split the atom - but that was largely because I had a lot of cheese that they wanted. You have to accept they are what they are: scent hounds. They just don't have an 'oooh, teach me' chip in their brains like Labs or spaniels; they're hardwired to work on their own initiative, and to track hare scents for miles at a time, without distraction. The good news about that is that while they're happy to walk for as long as you want, when they're sleeping, they're sleeping. If they get a whiff of something exciting on a walk, some will just take off, but generally mind stick by my side. I keep my younger one on an extendable lead when I can't grab him quickly but they both 'heel' in an instant for cheese.

Generally speaking, a well bred basset should never be aggressive (gentleness and lack of aggression is in the breed standard) and they're so easy-going, they're great with children. They do need walking - mine get about 90 mins a day and would go longer - and they're quite heavy, so you have to keep an eye on their weight. I'd definitely suggest meeting some adult dogs before you see a single puppy....

LisaMWill Wed 25-Jun-14 14:41:30

I have 1 he's 4 and he's amazing! Yes he's stubborn and walking him can be a nightmare as he'd rather sleep on the sofa but he is amazing with my girls ( age 3, 2 and 3 months) he will happily sit there and let them play vets on him and joins them fir cuddles in the sofa. He's never chewed anything in the house and he doesn't bark at all. He's such a gentle giant and would never want to he without him. He's the star if the house all the kids friends want to come round to play with billy! Down side though he molts a lot!!

I have a five year old stinky hairball thief. However he has a fantastic temperament, loves long walks,( rolling in fox poo along the way) and is a perfect weight, as long as we hide all food. He smells like he has died inside.
He largely ignores any instructions, the behaviourist ran away in frustration. He doesn't seem to have the ability to brake when running so often sends everyone flying.
Did I mention the smell?
Fantastic pet though!

wildfig Wed 25-Jun-14 15:02:34

Ha! Fox poo... envy << that's the <boak> emoticon

I have a Bassett. I've never had one before, but I'd have one again in a heartbeat. They are hard to train, but mine has good recall and knows her commands- she obeys , slower than I'd like, but she obeys. She's house trained through the day, I am slowly accepting she will never be fully housetrained at nighthmm not every night but sometimes she's done a wee in her room. She's never wee in the day though.

For temperament she's faultless. Plays when you want her too, sleeps the rest of the time, happy for the baby to play hide and seek with one of her ears, I'm not sure whether they can growl, but mine never has. With other dogs she's a delight and has been from day 1.

She's a walker- happy with anything between one and eight miles a day ( only after they're gone one though- before that short walks to prevent joint troubles later)

In the garden in the sun she doesn't appear to be move at all- she's asleep on the decking, but slowly, not seen by the naked eye, she slinks in a semi circle, ensuring she is never in the shade, it's adorablesmile.

She cuddles like a baby and let's me smooth her earsgrin

She smells. No getting around it, hound dogs smell. And roll in poo. But she's not adverse to a shower. I read that they can't swim and are therefore not recommended near the coast.

They bay they don't bark and when they howl it's LOUD. We had a short period where separation anxiety lead to her howling when alone- the work involved to sort it was long and tedious, but the neighbours were not happy and nor was the dog. When I read up on it I read that it's common.

Bonnefoi Sat 28-Jun-14 21:26:32

Thank you so much for all the information. I really appreciate your help. thanks

mothermirth Thu 03-Jul-14 08:29:41

We had one when I was growing up. He was like an extra sibling to me. He never, ever showed any signs of aggression, was super affectionate, highly intelligent and great fun. Loved walks; those legs are short but sturdy. I can't recommend the breed highly enough. Go for it smile. You will have a friend for life.

spongebob5 Thu 10-Jul-14 17:48:39

I've got a 18 week old male puppy. He is not noisy, smelly or badly behaved. He is a gorgeous little pup. I think some posters have been unfair in their comments, bassetts are stubborn but a lot of bad behaviour ( as with any breed) is usually due to lack of training. Go for it, they are a lovely friendly breed ( with their own minds lol!)

Mylovelylovelyhorse Thu 10-Jul-14 17:59:29

They are so smelly

They get thrush in their folds. And it smells

Branleuse Thu 10-Jul-14 18:06:33

they stink. Really stink, and are really hard to house/toilet train

Branleuse Thu 10-Jul-14 18:06:39

als

Branleuse Thu 10-Jul-14 18:06:39

also

Branleuse Thu 10-Jul-14 18:07:00

and they can't use stairs or steps

spongebob5 Thu 10-Jul-14 18:20:02

Wow! Strong views here. Each to their own I suppose...

todayisnottheday Thu 10-Jul-14 18:24:11

They are extremely stubborn but that is part of the wonderful amount of character they have! They are very very strong so don't expect your dc to walk them (they may but don't count on it just in case). They are a working breed so lots of exercise and time outside keeps them happy. Aim for working breeders rather than show breeders to avoid as many health issues as possible. Basically accept that everything is about them and they are god and you shouldn't go far wrong grin

todayisnottheday Thu 10-Jul-14 18:24:45

Btw, they can use stairs and slopes!

swooosh Thu 10-Jul-14 18:26:10

I don't know about Basset's but I have a Beagle...similar, sort of grin

stubborn, greedy, lazy, biggest bundle of loving joy ever!

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