Myths About Basset Hounds

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The Six Most Common Myths About Basset Hounds


Basset Hounds are less intelligent than other dogs - Bassets are very intelligent, but they also possess an independent nature and low desire to please their people. If you train your hound with positive motivation, especially treats, you'll see how smart they really are!

Basset Hounds are medium sized dogs - Technically, but a sturdy male basset weighing upwards of 70 pounds might make you doubt that technicality. Bassets are strong, solid dogs who can really pull on their leashes; don't underestimate them!

Basset Hounds are short-haired dogs that don't shed - Bassets shed a lot despite their short coats. Regular brushing helps quite a bit, but be prepared to get to know your vacuum cleaner if you add a basset to your family. Luckily, bassets seem much less terrified of vacuums than do most other breeds!

Basset Hounds are good companions to take on off-lead romps through the woods - Bassets love to be taken on walks, but they always should be kept on a lead. When not leashed, a basset may decide to follow his nose, only realizing when he's done that he is miles away and unable to return home. Don't take chances with the safety of your basset; either keep him on a leash or let him play within the confines of a fenced-in yard.

Basset Hounds bond better with other dogs than they do with humans - Bassets were bred to exist companionably with other dogs in packs and they do tend to get along well with each other. However, they also love people and most bond very strongly with their people, showing none of the aloofness of some of the other hounds.

Basset Hounds are couch potatoes who laze around all day - Perhaps some bassets are loafers, but many are active, especially when young. And, of course, any food within basset reach(and they are lengthy dogs who can reach quite far up on a kitchen counter when motivated to do so) is fair game!