Basset Hounds 101 is my series to help you understand and get to know this wonderful
breed. In Part 1, we learned some of the history of this lovable hound. In last week’s Part 2, I described the breed standards to help you know what to look for whenever you are choosing a puppy or an adult Basset. Today, we will delve into their personalities and temperament.
|Bentley enjoyed meeting new people at our Barkus & Meoux parade.|
Basset Hounds are one of the most pleasant and good-natured of all breeds. This is a wonderful trait, because if you take them out among other people you will garner a lot of attention. Even at number 41 on the AKC registered breeds, it seems that few people have seen them in the fur. We were walking Bentley one day when a woman came out of her house to meet him. “I’ve never seen one in real life!” she exclaimed. The other common response is, “I used to have a Basset Hound. They are the best dogs!” Bentley loves meeting people and is certain that they want to meet him in return. Bassets are very sociable dogs and do not like being left alone for long periods. If you work outside the home, it is best to have another dog for their companionship or take them to doggy daycare.
|Bentley loves being with other dogs. Pierre is his best friend.|
If you are looking for a long distance running partner, a Basset is not a wise choice. Although
they do require moderate daily exercise, they are not known for their speed. You’ll find your walks interrupted by their desire to investigate any smell they encounter. Since they are bred to be hunters, they have a strong desire to follow a scent trail. You should always keep your Basset in a fenced area or on a leash. If they are allowed to run free and pick up an interesting scent, your recall will most likely be ignored. When used in hunting, they will follow a trail undeterred. Many hunters boast of their Hound Dog’s endurance in the field. However, Bassets enjoy their rest and relaxation. For this reason, they are prone to becoming overweight. It’s just as important to monitor their food intake, as it is to make sure they don’t become couch potatoes.
|My boy does enjoy his rest and relaxation.|
|When Bentley is in the mood, he will perform tricks.|
Basset Hounds are known for their deep distinctive bark or bay. It is important to keep your
dog from becoming a nuisance barker. There isn’t a time limit on how long or loud they will bark. I personally love to hear Bentley bark, but I recognize that my neighbors don’t. They are famous for their mournful howling. We have tried to get Bentley to howl, but he doesn’t feel the need to sing the blues.
|Food is great motivator for a Basset Hound!|
To sum up the personality of a Basset Hound, they are lovable, funny, gentle, friendly, and devoted. To be fair, they can also be stubborn, make poor guard dogs, and are very vocal. As a Basset mom, I’m prejudice, but I think they are a fabulous breed and can’t imagine my life without one.