Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are medium sized dogs (40-60 lbs.) classified as Scent Hounds. The breed was developed in 16th century France for hunting rabbits.
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Jester002
03/05/2010

Basset Hound 3

They are a very gentle and loveable breed and make great companions for single owners as well as families with children. Becasuse of their breeding, they love to follow scent trails on walks so a leash would be adviseable. People find the whine they use to get attention or treats either cute or offensive depending on the person. In some cases, they will howl or bark rather than whine if they are startled, as a warning or alarm, for begging, hearing a police siren, or during severe storms.

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bipolarpoetres s
02/21/2010

Basset Hound 5

I have an 80 lb female Basset. She's 10 and now overweight of course. She is different than all these other reveiws I guess cuz she's spoiled. I have no children so she can get grouchy around kids. She is stubborn and growls a lot. It cracks me up though. She's even bitten me a time or two. Who knows? I love the moody bitch. She's very smart! She can bow, speak, jump thru hula-hoops, close doors on command, etc. I've never known a smarter hound. One thing good about her is when someone comes to the door and she barks, she sounds like a viscious! They can't believe it's a basset when I open the door lol. I did buy another and he's dumb as a rock. No joke. He's two and he doesn't even know his own name. Ugh!!! Oh well, least he doesn't bite me LOL!!!!

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amandah8831
08/12/2009

Basset Hound 5


Basset Hounds are great family dogs. My 6 month old BH absolutely LOVES children and people, as well as other dogs so much that it is almost embarassing. When I take him on a walk, if he sees children, he will stop and want to go over to say "Hi". He often just plops his butt on the ground and stares at them, his tail wagging in the air, and much to my disdain, I have to try and drag him away. Same with dogs, he always wants to smell other dogs and see them, and gets along well with other family pets. With the cats, he has never tried to chase or play too rough with them, and I have often caught my one cat and him sleeping together in his bed. (It was too cute for words!)

Unlike my two Labrador Retrievers I have, that are extremely hyper at times and need LOTS of exercise and mental stimuation to keep them occupied, BH's tend to be quite lazy and are content to sit on the couch and just relax with you. But they still need adequate exercise, despite their groans of protest! However, the only downside (if it can even be considered one!), is that they are very NEEDY dogs, and want to be with you at all times. If they cannot be, you will definetly hear it, or in my case, I do with my dog, he howls for me all the time. Which if you cannot stand a loud dog that may/may not howl a lot, then a BH is not for you. To me, that is why I love the breed! While it may not be music to one's ears, I think it is one of the BH's charms.

BH's are definetly not dogs for people who are away lots, because of their nature to want to always be with their owner, follow their owner etc, they tend to not deal well with seperation.

While I do love having a laid back dog, at the same time I wish sometimes that he would fetch, or he would listen when I called him, (instead of looking back with a malicious grin on his face, then running off in the opposite direction), or that he would be able to go for runs with me, or go swimming, or not smell so much! BH owners I guess get used to it eventually but that hound odor is pretty nasty! He sure is one smelly boy! All of these things aside, I absolutely love the breed and cannot imagine my life without one now.

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LukaVal
07/15/2009

Basset Hound 5

I love Bassets! They have great personality, humor and good looks!

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Sus1021
01/06/2009

Basset Hound 5

  I think Basset Hounds are the most cutest thing ever!!!!!

If you like basset hounds write Basset hounds ROK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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waltersdirtyun dies
09/28/2008

Basset Hound 5

My Basset is a very enjoyable fun dog to have around. though he does bark at everyone new who comes to my house and if you have heard there bark it is incrediblly loud. and they are surprisingly tall you have to be carefull where you put your food or he will jump up and eat your food.

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oldduke
08/10/2008

Basset Hound 5

A great exercise dog if you don't want to over do it.  A 40 pound puppy.  Perfect dog to have around when you don't want to do anything.  Great chick magnet.  A follower, not a leader; you are the boss and he/she likes it that way.  I've had alsatians, borzoi's, bassets, and mutts, all were special.  Bassets, though, are unique. 

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X Factor Z
04/19/2006

Basset Hound 5

I am not really a dog lover, but I do like these dog, reminds me of "Flash". I do not like cutesy, "sissy" dogs. I like the hound dog noise these dogs make, a bark?, if you could call it that.

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DumbBlondeCowg irl
03/15/2006

Basset Hound 5

I love my basset hound. She can be a big pain in the patootie, but I can't fathom a sweeter, more gentle dog around my babies. It makes it all worth it. She's so cute, you can't stay mad.

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lovslinky
01/06/2006

Basset Hound 5

I love Basset Hounds!!! They are lovable, sweet animals! They are not hyper and are very good with kids! I don't know how anyone could call them ugly. They just have sad, cute faces!!! They originated in France in the 1800's, and a hunting dogs. They were bred to look the way they do for a reason.

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taylorrateit
06/08/2004

Basset Hound 5

So great, I bought another one! Best friends, great around kids. Regal buddies. Lazy couch potatoes like me

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pennyroyalty
04/01/2004

Basset Hound 5

i love bassets! (i'm a HUGE hound lover, so totally biased). But there's something about their wrinky skin, their sweet nature and calm tempermant. I love their bark (but again, i gre up with three Beagles, so i'm used to the lovely trumpet of a hound dog!). My aunt had one when i was very small and didn't understand to leave animals alone. I remember that my brother and i practically tortured poor keisha with kisses and hugs and pets and we fought over her a million times, but she never bit at us, she never once got mean. She just sat (or lay) there with a calm look on her face and patiently waited through our attention so she could have a good nap. the world needs more bassets!

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TripleH595
02/28/2003

Basset Hound 5

Cutest face in the world!

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addicted
10/26/2002

Basset Hound 2

take out their vocal chords and replace with something besides that imposingly loud, awful shocking bay. they are real pretty to look at...in pictures.

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mikealb
10/03/2002

Basset Hound 5

The best natured beasts in the universe!

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CastleBee
01/28/2002

Basset Hound 5

They probably think we look funny too. The difference between them and us though is they would never have the heart to say so – that is IF they thought it mattered. My personal impression is that basset hounds are very sweet tempered, easy going, and loving dogs. Yes, they’re short and stubby – just like my beautiful corgi! I recently met an adult and puppy at my vets office and both were very well mannered, adorable and were falling all over themselves to get my attention. A great dog for someone who enjoys a less active breed.

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Snoopy
12/16/2001

Basset Hound 5

I think they're adorable and good-natured. i love them.

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Pit Bull
05/26/2001

Basset Hound 1

WHY WATSE WORDS ON SUCH AN UGLY DOG!

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PoorOldEdgarDe rby
10/23/2000

Basset Hound 4

I considered getting a Basset Hound years ago when I stopped by the pound on a whim and they had one available. Having had a beagle as a boy this looked like a fairly similar but more goofy version of the breed. Well I ended up not getting it but I still think they're very nice dogs, very friendly, loving creatures they're just not quite active enough for my liking. I need a dog that wants to run, these things just look sort of pathetic when they waggle along at a comically slow speed with every part of their body shaking like a seal trying to flop itself back into the water from the shore.

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d.fe440et
04/22/2000

Basset Hound 1

Another unfortunate experiment in selective breeding. It is cruel to maintain breeds that are so painfully distorted.

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magellan
04/17/2000

Basset Hound 5

These dogs crack me up.

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