Basset Hound

Scent Hound
Bassets from Harmony Hounds

The low-slung Basset Hound is a hunting dog who uses scent to find game.  It’s a great family pet with big, sorrowful eyes that challenge the strongest owner’s abilities to adjust the Basset’s habits.  They need moderate exercise and should be confined when alone – they tend to follow their nose.  They are low maintenance except for their ears, but will not make a good pet for anyone with an aversion to drool.

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Notes for owners
Short.  Shedder Mimimal Can be hard to housetrain.  May bay.  One of the mildest mannered dog.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Profile

Basset Hound Club of America

American Hunting Basset Association

The Basset Hound

Dog Owner’s Guide to the Basset Hound

The Daily Drool


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