Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Basset Hound puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Basset Hound

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Basset Hound the right breed for you?

Basset Hounds: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Basset Hound Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Basset Hound?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running, no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Basset Hound stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as challenging dog toys, or tricks and games such as Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a smaller dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Basset Hounds are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with drooling, nearly constant shedding, and housebreaking perhaps taking a long time
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Basset Hound, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Basset Hound?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Basset Hound be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Basset Hound?

Basset Hounds are a very common breed in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Basset Hounds rank 39th. It's easy to find a Basset Hound.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Basset Hounds are often available from Dog Rescue groups. Owners often give up their Basset Hound when they discover that their hound has health issues, or is stubborn and independent, or bays a lot, sheds a lot, and has a houndy odor. Other Basset Hounds are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Basset Hounds are sometimes found here. Basset Rescue groups do keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country, and if a Basset Hound turns up at a shelter, the rescue group does try to move the dog into their rescue network.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Basset Hound from a show breeder, who breeds Basset Hounds to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Basset Hound from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Basset Hound puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Basset Hound ends up blind from cataracts or glaucoma.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Basset Hounds are often seen in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Basset Hound Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Basset Hound puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Basset Hound puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.