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Basset hounds are a medium-sized dog with short legs, a long body and long, floppy ears. Their personality makes them a good choice as a family dog, but they tend toward obesity and can be stubborn when tracking. Consider the pros and cons of owning a basset hound to ensure that the breed is the right fit for your family and lifestyle.
Pros of Choosing a Basset Hound
Family Friendly Personality
Basset hounds are good family dogs with an easygoing and laid-back personality. The American Kennel Club describes them as patient, charming and low-key. They are devoted to their owners.
These short-haired dogs require minimal grooming, though they require regular face washing and eye care. Brush routinely as they do shed. In addition, they are not very active. They are motivated by food and easy to train using treats.
Cons of Choosing a Basset Hound
Tendency for Weight Gain
Basset hounds tend to gain weight easily and become obese, leading to back problems. Although their lazy demeanor may not indicate the need for exercise, regular walks are necessary to prevent obesity.
Some health conditions common to basset hounds include interveterbral disc disease, hip dysplasia, glaucoma and gastric torsion. Veterinary examinations, specifically of the dog's eyes and hips, diagnose and treat some of these common health concerns.
Although the basset hounds skills as a scent hound and tracker are renowned, this can be a challenge if you want a basset hound as a pet rather than a working dog. Once on the trail of a scent, these dogs stubbornly will follow the trail, may ignore commands and even become lost.