Training and intelligence
The Basset Hound is a scent hound, and as such it will take a lot to deter him from following an interesting smell when he finds one - perseverence and patience are the key words. They have a reputation of being slow to housetrain. They are independent and can be stubborn. Be aware this is a sturdy dog, so start gentle encouraging training early on.
It is hard not to have a soft spot for the Basset Hound, with his mild, loving nature. He loves the whole family, and has a good sense of humour and fun. Bassets have their own style and attitude to life, and alongside the gentle side, their is a strong character, albeit with plenty of charm.
Attitude towards strange dogs and people
The Basset Hound is a friendly dog. His easy going temperament means he will not be a problem with strange people or dogs. He is a pack animal by nature, and welcomes company of any sort, however he can produce a loud imposing bark when he wants.
Grooming and shedding
The short coat of the Basset Hound is low maintenance, and a weekly brush will help minimise what shedding there is. The Basset's ears need special attention as they accumulate dirt inside and out, and so regular cleaning and inspections are necessary.
The Basset Hound must not be over exercised when young, as that large bone structure needs time to settle. The fully grown Basset is fairly relaxed, so moderate exercise will satisfy him.
Need for company
Basset Hounds are pack animals, and only truly happy with company - although this can be human or canine. Bassets who have had enough of being left can take to howling.
The Basset Hound is a messy dog. Do not underestimate the amount of slobber some Bassets can produce. This does vary between individuals, but assume your Basset will slobber profusely, and you won't be disappointed. Although most Bassets don't enjoy swimming, they do love to wallow in shallow water and mud.