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How to Choose a Basset Hound?

Select Basset HoundsChoose basset hound as your pet dog? Your child wants a pet and your lifestyle will permit it. You go to the local shelter to determine what type of dog you might like. After looking over the various dogs that are available for the day, you see what looks like a sweet but sad faced dog. You are informed that it is a Basset Hound.

Instantly you fall in love with his sad, but somewhat comical face, because while you are playing with him he shows you a variety of facial expressions that make you fall in love with it. You decide this is the dog for you, regardless of what its habits are. After all, a dog is a dog, right?

Is this how you choose a basset hound? Wrong. Many people follow the scenario above and they get something that they know nothing about. When you want to add a pet to your family it is very important that you find out everything you an about your choice.

Although shelters have limited information, you can research the breed at any public library or through the Internet. Many people who have Basset Hounds just love them while others who aren’t familiar with their habits may get rid of them quickly.

Ultimately there are several way to choose a basset hound if they are suitable for your pet dog. Here are some things you need to know about this breed of dog before you take them home:

  • What type of dog do you want? High or low energy?
    Many people have a preference for their dogs and if you want a high energy dog than a Basset is not a good choice. They are laid back and have a slower pace. They do not jog and they do not play catch.
  • Bassets have a lot of health needs
    Although they are generally a healthy dog, they will need to have their ears checked periodically and you will need to check to make sure their skin is okay. They also have a smell that just happens and they drool. If you can deal with these situations then a Basset may be a good choice for you.
  • You might need two
    If you have one Basset and no other pets, you will need to get another one because they need a companion when you are away from home.
  • Basset Hounds must be trained
    You will need to train your puppy early and if you have an older dog they may already have bad habits. It is a good idea to find someone who can help you understand this breed.
  • Feeding
    You will need to feed him good proportions but understand that this dog is prone to bloat when they drink too much water and eat too much. You will have to make sure that they don’t get too much food.

Now if you can get through all of these things and still love the Basset Hound, then you can be sure it is right for your family. I hope this this is the answer to how to choose a basset hound.

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