When you’re looking for Basset Hound puppies for sale, it can be intimidating. There are a variety of breeders and adoption centers across the country specializing in these dogs. No matter where you live in the country, there are options for you to choose from. But before you pick out a puppy, you should do research into potential breeders. It’s unpleasant to think about but there are bad breeders out there. They may breed dogs without regard to the animal’s health or the puppies’ health. Once you find a breeder you think is reputable, come prepared with questions about the puppy you may adopt and ask to tour their facility.
Below is a little information about the breed for background when you’re looking for Basset Hound puppies for sale and talking to potential breeders.
Basset hounds are a stocky breed with short legs and heavy bone structure. They are also prone to back, hip and knee problems due to their stature. They have a short coat which means grooming is minimal for these dogs.
A weekly brushing is enough to maintain their coat and skin health. They do shed a surprising amount of hair based on its length so be prepared. Basset hounds also tend to have a particular odor that some may find off-putting. Even if you keep your pet well groomed and bathed regularly, they will still have a particular odor that you won’t be able to get rid of. You’ll need to spend more time keeping their eyes and ears clean as they are large and droopy respectively.
Overall, the breed is gentle, independent and stubborn. They make great companions but take additional time to train. The dog was originally a hunting breed that chased small animals. Because of this, it’s important to keep them on a leash or in a fenced in yard to keep them from going after what they see as prey. Exercising these dogs is very important. They can get overweight due to their body type and love of food. Usually a daily walk is enough to keep them healthy but it will depend on how much food your dog eats.
Here are a few more traits about Basset hounds to keep in mind:
• Basset Hounds are independent and stubborn. You’ll need to be persistent and regular with training them otherwise they will not learn.
• Due to their stubbornness, Basset Hounds will often resist being told what to do, and this includes housebreaking. Be prepared to put in four to six months of consistent potty and crate training to achieve the desired outcome.
• Never leave your Basset Hound outside in your yard without your supervision. Their deep barks will be carried a long way. It can become a nuisance for your neighbors and anyone within earshot. They are one of the dog breeds that earn their nagging reputation if they are left alone too long without purposeful stimulation.
• Basset hounds are a slobbery breed. Like other breeds with abundant flesh around their mouth, you’ll need to keep a drool rag on hand, especially after they finish eating or drinking.
• Basset hounds unfortunately have a reputation for being a little gassy. You can help manage their flatulence by feeding them a natural diet including real meat and whole grains.
• Due to poor breeding practices in the past combined with their natural body shape, Basset hounds are prone to more than their fair share of health problems. Please take care to find a reputable breeder and then make sure your dog eats well and exercises daily to minimize costly and painful health problems.