(Closed) Basset Hounds?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

They are adorable puppies.  i love them.  My grandfather had one when I was little, and she was a bit crotchety.  Other than that, though, I know a lot of people who love their bassets.  I might be wrong, but I believe they have a tendency to howl.  Just something to think about.  Good luck puppy shopping!  It’s great fun!

Post # 4
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love bassets – no personal experience though… sorry!

Post # 5
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I don’t have any experience with them, but my next door neighbor has one and he’s the cutest thing ever! He CAN howl a lot, though. It’s really cute, though. At least I think so!

Post # 6
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

They are cute , the only one I knew was a howler though. ALL the time! not sure if this was isolated though.

Post # 7
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

they are so cute but i have a bad experience with them.

my sister had the cuttest basset hound adn she was a great dog but then when she turned 5 she started stinking really bad (especially in her woman area) and yes she had been spaid. it is so gross…it smells so bad. also she has skin problems. she is actually extremly gross.i hate to say that bc i really love her (i lived with her for 3 years). She slobers really bad and my sister cant get rid of her flees…they are really really bad. she also became blind a little over a year ago and is really not doing well. it is really sad bc she was so sweet and a great dog until she turned 5. it has broken my heart to see her get so sick…i dont know what happened.

oh yeah she does howl alot

i dont know if this is a common thing with bassets are not..

now i am sad…sorry for the bummer story

Post # 8
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our landlords have one. He’s fiercely protective but very sweet. He howls whenever someone leaves. He’ll continue howling until they come home – 5 minutes or 5 days. 

Post # 10
1232 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve always wanted a basset hound! One of my favorite things about them is that they howl! I think it’s soo cute! I’m sure it could get annoying, but one look at their cute floppy ears and big eyes and you will probably forgive him πŸ™‚

Post # 11
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

sulli-the vet said that she does not know what is wrong with her. she says that the dog is probably uncomfortable but not in any pain. She gave my sister a referral to take her elsewhere but my sister does not have the money to spend on it. she said as long  the dog is not in any pain she does not care. In my honest opinion the dog is not happy and needs to be put down. The rest of the family agrees but my sister refuses. As much as i would hate for Daisy (the dogs name) to no longer be around and her life to end so shortly it seems like the best option bc she is so sad and uncomfortable. It is really sad.

Post # 12
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

my friend in HS had 2 basset hounds and they stunk really bad too.  Not sure if they didn’t bathe them or what, but the house stunk from the dogs.

Post # 13
171 posts
Blushing bee

Like other said, they bay a lot. Also since they have such big floppy ears, they are prone to ear infections. You have to clean them and keep them dry.Since they are a hunting breed, they like to go after small animals and don’t be surprised if they bring back some formerly living thing if you let them loose in the yard.

Aaaand they’re super cute and friendly so if you can handle the occassional dead bird and ear infection, I say go for it.


Post # 14
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Never had one, but I think they make the cutest puppies ever!!!!

Post # 15
2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Like others have said, many like to howl, and most stink (but that is just because almost all breeds of hound stink). They are very sweet, though, and ours (when I was younger) was quite lovable and lazy. A pretty good guard dog (as long as your just looking to be alerted, not protected) Being hounds, there is a tendency to chase small animals or to wander, so they need a well fenced yard.

Post # 16
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I know a few, they can be great dogs, but they are super mischievous and can be stubborn. They are actually fairly difficult to train, and unlike most people think actually need a lot of physical and mental activity to keep them healthy and happy.

They drool lots (which actually doesn’t bug me as I own a newfoundland dog) but most people are grossed our by it.

They are prone to fungal infections of the ears, bacterial eye infections, and multiple kinds of skin infections (mostly fungal though, on their chest from the drool). They can have oily coats which causes an unpleasant odour. Not to mention back and hip problems later in life due to their build.

Maybe find a basset hound breed club in your area and spend some time with them in person.

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