Q: Are basset hounds high maintenance?
we are thinking about adopting one but i'm concerned about my 2 year old sister and we have heard they are high maintenance but are they really ?
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Answer by D3VILDOG -Harvey Dent 4 Pres-
They can be yeah, but i think its worth it cause they are an awesome pet. (Photo Credit: ArmandoH2O )
Answer by Maui
The Basset Hound is a scent hound, and as such it will take a lot to deter him from following an interesting smell when he finds one - perseverence and patience are the key words. They have a reputation of being slow to housetrain. They are independent and can be stubborn. Be aware this is a sturdy dog, so start gentle encouraging training early on.
The short coat of the Basset Hound is low maintenance, and a weekly brush will help minimise what shedding there is. The Basset's ears need special attention as they accumulate dirt inside and out, and so regular cleaning and inspections are necessary
The Basset Hound is a messy dog. Do not underestimate the amount of slobber some Bassets can produce. This does vary between individuals, but assume your Basset will slobber profusely, and you won't be disappointed. Although most Bassets don't enjoy swimming, they do love to wallow in shallow water and mud.
Answer by anneliese
even if they are, they're totally worth it, they're honestly the nicest dogs i've ever seen. and they're great with little kids and toddlers and stuff. the'yre very gentle, i used to have one named maggie
Answer by Mama
Right up my street this one .......... High Maintenance? In what way? They have an easy coat, (ears do need keeping clean), they can take as much or as little exercise as you are prepared to give (limited before a year to allow the bones/muscles to develop, but after that the more the better really). Feed - simple, but twice a day as adults because of Bloat (Gastric Torsion). I would be concerned about your 2 year old sister, especially if you are thinking about taking on an adult but even with a puppy, they are a heavy breed, and a toddler trying to find her feet plus a puppy careering about could = disaster!
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Are you talking Rescue? If so the rescue people should advise you, answer your questions. If you are talking about buying a puppy - ditto, a reputable breeder will be able to answer your questions and will be asking you some too.
Bassets are perfect family dogs. They thrive in a 'pack' - and the opposite if left long hours on their own. They are stubborn, but contrary to popular belief, not stupid. They train you!! If you take one on, be prepared to get another, and another -they are addictive. I know, we have had up to 12 in the past ................. Good Luck, and enjoy.
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Answer by Yoshi
YES!!! they need full attention all the time and can cause alot of trouble, they are one of the hardest dogs to train, they can be cute though my sister has two and her life is wrapped around them
Answer by abhaya
Bassets are Great dogs but they can be a handful. They are scent hounds so they can be a bit difficult to housebreak. You need to be very consistent and patient. They slobber they have big flaps of skin at the mouth those hold slobber and water. You need to keep the nails clipped and ears clean. regular brushing helps with shedding. They also have the hound smell regular bathing takes care of it.
All that said they are wonder full dogs. and loyal. They tend to be couch potato's so make sure they get they get plenty of walks. and by all means protect the back. don,t let them jump on and off furniture etc. If you want them on the couch with you get a large footstool for them to use as a step so they don't have to jump.
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