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We got Henry from the National Animal Welfare Trust in Somerset on Friday 13 Jan 12 - lucky for him as it turned out. Previously we had owned a miniature smooth haired dachshund who was an absolute delight. Unfortunately she passed away in Dec 11 and we decided not to get another dog for a while - yeah right! Anyway one morning while my other half was in bed nursing the mother of all hangovers, I decided to have a look on the Internet to see if there were any mini dachshunds looking to be rehomed. Unfortunately there weren't but I did find Henry, staring back at me from the pages of the NAWT website.
I rang the rescue centre and made an appointment to go and see him and following a home visit where he was introduced to the cats and chickens without too much of a do, he came to stay.
Initially he could be very aggressive - he bit my partner a couple of times and had a go at me on more than one occasion although to look at him you would think that butter wouldn't melt. However 9 months on he's still with us and has turned into the most lovely, affectionate dog. We believe he was a stud dog before he was unceremoniously dumped at the rescue centre which could explain his intial mistrust of humans. He still has his moments but that's usually with other people who like to play rough with him despite our warnings!
Despite being a lovely dog he does have traits that are less than appealing and I would strongly urge anyone who hasn't owned one before to think carefully about whether they could deal with Bassets' little peculiarities. They are extremely stubborn - if they say, "No" then it's 'no'. This can be embarrassing if you are out walking and they decide they've had enough. Henry regularly 'goes starfish' as we call it (lays down on the ground with paws outstretched and won't budge). This usually occurs in the middle of the street in front of an audience - very amusing for them, not so for us.
They are also extremely dribbly. We have old towels situated around the house for mopping up saliva off the dog, the furniture and walls.
I'm not sure if this is peculiar to all Bassets but Henry does love to roll in the most disgusting of substances. The worse it smells, the more he likes it. It's impossible to get him in the bath so we regularly have to wash him off in the back garden. Despite being short-haired their coats are really thick and absorb water like there's no tomorrow. Consequently getting him dry is an art form in itself.
They are led by their noses. If they are off the lead and pick up a scent or, in Henry's case see another dog, they'll be off and you won't stand a cat in Hell's chance of getting them back. Calling them or even shaking the treats bag will prove utterly fruitless. I've lost count of the amount of times my partner and I have legged it across some field or other to fetch him back.
That said, we love him to bits although if I'm honest I wouldn't have another one!
Basset hounds the perfect dog. My cute little basset is called missy and shes a year and a half and so cute. We went for the basset breed because of there cute faces and amazing long ears!! Even tho bassets are quite expensive we paid £500 for our k.c registerd missy id happily pay 10 times that. They are so loyal and loveable shes just a member of our family. Some small down sides are the fact there long ears get into everything and need constant cleaning and that they are a little harder to house train but its all worth it when she looks at us with her little sad face!! Also shes really good with our other dog an american akita called griffin ofcourse shes the boss even tho hes 4 times her size but arent all women the boss?? If your are looking for a loyal house to who is too cute for her own good then i would definately recomend the basset hound.
Bassett hounds are a member of the hound family and originated in France. Bassetts where bred as hunting dogs as they have an excellent sense of smell.
For those people who do not know the breed they are most famous for featuring as the icon for the shoe brand Hush Puppies and also feature in the detective series Columbo.
I am the proud owner of a 4 year bassett hound called Monty, my review is based on the experience of owning my Bassett Hound
** Appearance **
Bassett hounds are a medium sized breed, they have short legs and a long body. There faces are also long, with very long ears and droopy eyes. There are numerous colour variations the main ones I have seen are lemon and white and tri-colour (brown, black and white). They are a short haired breed but I do find that Monty sheds alot (this can be reduced with regular brushing), can have quite a strong doggy smell and slobbers a fair bit too, I suspect this is the same for alot of dog breeds. Bassett hounds have quiet long nails which need to be trimmed every few weeks, this is very straight forward to do, we do it ourselves using a special pair of dog nail clippers.
** Price **
In terms of expense, bassetts are quite expensive, we paid £600 for a pedigree, kennel club registered, 10 week old puppy, but we have a friend who paid over £900 so prices do vary.
** Food **
We spend a fair amount of money on food for him I would estimate about £10.00 per week, he is fed a mixture of dry biscuits and meat, we buy indivdual packs of frozen meat which come in a 465g pack these come in various varieties, tripe mince, beef mince, beef and heart, chicken mince. We feed him a packed of meat with 2 scoops of biscuits per day. In addition to this he enjoys bones and pigs ears, along with our food scraps, cheese, toast the list is endless.
** Sleeping **
His bed is currently a leather arm chair in the dining room, we have been through lots of different types of dog bed but he just tends to fight with them and drag them round the room! so at the moment the chair is working out the best.
** Vets **
Our dog has had quite a few trips to the vets due to limping which again has been quite expensive, especially when the vet said theres nothing wrong with him, I think he just wants me to feel sorry for him!
** Exercise **
Do not be fooled into thinking this breed is lazy, yes they will have long periods of sleeping but they do require lots of exercise, I would say 2 10 minute walks per day would be acceptable, I also take my dog to the local park for an hour long walk every week, I let him off the lead but he never runs off and always stays close enough to see me. He shows no interest in playing 'fetch' type games, however he is quite a fast runner for one with such small legs!
** Temperment **
My dog is extremely laid back and is very friendly. He was quite giddy before we had him neutered. I have a 3 year old little boy who loves to play and this doesnt bother my dog in the slightest, he will run round with my son for a while then jump up on the settee and have a rest! He is very welcoming to visitors we have to the house and loves the attention they give him. His favourite pastime would be lying on the settee with his head on your knee whilst you tickle his chin! He does have a very loud deep bark which can be annoying especially when I put him in the garden when I'm cleaning the floors in the house, lets just say the neighbours get a little miffed sometimes. Bassetts also have a reputation for being quite stubborn.
Overall from my experience as a bassett hound owner I would recommend the breed to anyone who wants a loyal loving companion. He is great with kids and loves nothing more than having a long walk then coming home for a long sleep.
Hope you have enjoyed my review, any questions about the breed feel free to ask i'll do my best to answer them.
After my dog passed away i said to myself that i wasnt going to get another dog, to much heartache when they pass on.
But after a year my house felt bare without a dog around, so i started looking in the paper and seen that there were basset hounds for sale, so i rang and arranged to go and see them and as soon as i seen them i wanted one so i brought one home with me. And now 5 years on im still happy i brought it back with me.
Description of dog
Short legged dog with long torso, big floppy ears, and quite a big nose, quite large front paws, normally comes in 2 colors lemon/white or tri colored.
(im only basing this on my current basset hound dogs nature will probaly vary with who the owner is)
Basset hounds are very easy going, mine likes walks long or short but does prefer it if it knows its going to get a treat at the end, it is excellent at walking without the lead on and will just stay by my side, mine has never shown any aggresion towards another dog or human and it is great with children, mine has a big appetite and if there is food about you can be sure it has its nose in the air sniffing for it, mine can be very stubborn sometimes and if it doesnt want to do something its minds made up and it wont do it (unless i pull a treat out) mine seems to have a greasy coat and needs washing down frequently but this could be down to the diet it is on.
History of a basset hound
Basset hounds originated from france and were used for hunting badgers.
(if you have ever seen columbo the detective series on telly in some of the shows he had a basset hound as his pet this was the first time i had ever seen a basset hound)
A warning when buying puppies or dogs
If buying a puppie of someone see if they have the parents and make sure the dogs are old enough to be taken, there are people out there with dog farms and they couldnt care less about the animals all there bothered about is making money on these poor animals, so if you do suspect someone is selling off a dog farm report them.
After wanting a dog for years i finally won over the family and we all agreed to get a dog. I had 2 breeds in mind, a Bulldog or a Basset. After looking for a few Bulldogs without much luck we came across a Basset Hound Rescue Centre. We phoned up to see if they had any waiting for some new owners and they did. We went to the rescue centre the next weekend and saw about 20 bassets ranging from playfull little puppies to lazy old dogs. There were lots that we liked but we couldnt make up our mind so over the next week of thinking about it we had a visit to make sure our house was safe and big enough to home a Basset.(which it was) We had made up our mind and phoned up to make sure that they still had Jake the 4 yr old basset.But unfortunatly he had been homed since we last spoke to the centre, but they told us they had a wonderfull 5yr old called Bertie.So we arranged to go and see him the next day. When we arrived 3 bassets came running out to meet us and Bertie seemed to know we were there to see him as he was the friendliest and demanded attention from us. He is a georgous pedigree basset with the huge trademark ears, dopey eyes and wrinkly face. We all decided he was the dog for us and so we put him in the car and began to drive home. After about 10 mins of driving Bertie was asleep (or pretending to be as they are very good at 'being asleep') and then he farted! Yes farted! It is the only time he has let wind but boy did it smell! We all decided that we didnt like the name Bertie so we called him Cory. I dont know why but he just looks like a Cory.He was house trained but the first few nights he did do little wee's on the carpet but has now stopped. Walking. Now if your looking for dog that is easy to walk dont get a Basset. Its a nitemare! Every few steps he smells something new and must stop and have a good wiff. The other thing that slows a walk down is people.Every walk you take a Basset for it will get talked to as
if it was a baby with the 'ar isnt he cute!' Cory has had a few problems but his main health issue is that he has a slight heart murmur and a slightly dodgy back leg.he tends to skip rather than run.Cory dosent slobber much but ive heard that some do. He likes a good brush every week and a bath should be a regular occasion as they can become a bit smelly.Their ears will need cleaning once a week to avoid excessive wax build up but thats about it. He dosent get through too much food as you have to be sensible with what you feed them. If you have children Basset's will be great with them as they love attention and they are good for cuddling and they can also take a few knocks (Cory fell off some steps onto his head and got up straight away). He can do the normal Sit and shake a paw or high 5 as we call it but not much more.If someone knocks at the door you WILL know about it as they like to bark and rush to the front door to greet and get stroked by the visitor. Overall a very loving breed that need to be stroked and hugged alot.You will also own the cutest dog where you live! Even as ive been writing this review he has been sitting by my side demanding a stroke and his favourite rub,under his chin.He loves it! unless you stop when he will follow you around or bang his tail untill you start again.
Basset Hounds were originally bred to hunt hare and rabbits. Recognised by The Kennel Club in 1887. Were shown in 1910 by Princess Alexandra, Queen Victoria's Daughter in Law. They are short legged hounds with long ears and cute faces, but be warned behind that cute look lies a cunning mind, just looking for the chance to make you look stupid, well that was what mine was. I had a beautiful Basset called Jasper, well that was what we named him, mind you he got called a few choice words as well. I decided I would show him, that was my first mistake. What I forgot what was their natural stubborn streak. So in the ring I went having been well prepared (or so I thought) by going to ringcraft classes. I was convinced I had the next Crufts Champion. So there I was with Jasper, he stood wonderfully I could see the judge was impressed, and the other competitors were green with envy. The Judge asked me to walk in a triangle, so off I went, whilst walking I noticed a lot of people were laughing and my husband was gesticulating madly at me, I looked down and to my horror I realised I was walking around with the lead and Jasper was sat at the other end of the ring looking at me. Boy did I feel stupid, so I gathered my wits about me, stalked over to him, picked him up and carried him around the ring as he still refused to walk on the lead. So bewarned any budding Basset lovers, if they don't want to do anything they won't. Mind you we still came second, sympathy vote I think. Apart from their stubborn streak they really are lovely pets and are great companions. They are inclined to be greedy and you need to watch their weight as they are so low to the ground, especially dogs. (work that one out for yourself) I found them hard to house train and have heard other Basset owners say the same. They are friendly dogs and are very good with children. If you are getting a Basset please go to a reputable Breeder and be prepar
ed to be absolutely besotted with him. I found that Jasper had me trained to do his bidding within minutes. They are low maintenance dogs although they do absorb mud on paws and tummy, so be ready to give him a rub down after walks, whilst they are puppies they shouldn't have to much exercise as they have heavy built dogs. They are definately a breed to enjoy.