Basset Hound

If slow, steady, and charming win the race, you’ll find me first at the finish line, good-naturedly wagging my tail. I’m a patient and easygoing sort who gets along well with children, pets, and other dogs. I can be stubborn at times, which requires extra patience when training me, but I’m strongly devoted to my family. Although generally I’m pretty laid back, like many hounds I can howl loudly when tracking a scent trail or feeling lonely.

Playfulness and energy aren’t my strong points, but I do need mild exercise each day to stay healthy and avoid becoming overweight. Don’t let my sad, imploring face lead you to spoil me with too many human treats. My loose, droopy skin is covered in a hard, smooth coat that repels dirt and needs minimal care. My face and mouth will benefit from regular cleaning, and I do have a tendency to drool.

I fit in the medium-size group of dogs, standing less than 14 inches tall and weighing between 40 and 60 pounds. My coat can be a variety of colors, from the common tricolor (tan, black, and white) to black and white, brown and white, or red and white.

I have a long life span of 8 to 13 years but am prone to several health issues, including foreleg lameness, OCD, otitis externa, invertebral disc disease, vWD, CTP, gastric bloat, and visual problems such as entropion, ectropion, and glaucoma. Minor areas of concern are cysts and foot infections.