Why Basset Hounds Are The Best Dogs Ever

Why Basset Hounds Are The Best Dogs Ever

I love my floppy-eared goober!

Of the hundreds of dog breeds in the world, my favorite, by far is the basset hounds. However, they are only the 39th most popular dog in America in 2015, according to the American Kennel Club. What’s not to love about these floppy-eared, droopy-eyed cuddle monsters. Sure, they have their flaws, like carrying their hunt to you like a prize, but details, shmetails! My dog’s name is Starbuck (yes, like the coffee shop), and he is the greatest little blessing in my life. If you are considering adopting a basset, but aren’t a hundred percent sure if they are the dogs for you, take a gander at what it’s like to live with a basset hound:

They may be fat, but man, can they run!

Everyone who has seen my Bucky-dog assumes he is just a lazy dog who does nothing. That’s only half true. It’s true that when we go on walks, he sometimes has a tendency to stop dead in his tracks and roll over on his back (this is why I always carry a cell phone with me when we walk), but is also very agile. Starbuck and most other bassets are surprising energetic. In retrospect, it probably shouldn’t surprise us. Basset hounds were bred to be hunting dogs, but their heavy-set bodies and short legs make us think otherwise. Most bassets are down for a came of fetch, playing tug-of-war, or running around at the dog park.

They are great hunting companions.

Like I said before, these dogs were bred for hunting centuries ago in France. Their low-to-the-ground bodies allow them to be as close to the scent of prey as possible. They have amazing senses of smell, and their long, droopy ears are great for picking up the scents of animals.

Their temperament is probably one of the bests you can have in a dog.

These dogs are great for all kinds of lifestyles. They are amazing with kids, families, college students, etc. I use my puppy as a pillow every time I see him. They are also really attentive. They seem to know when you are in pain. My pup kissed my cheeks after I got my wisdom teeth out, and it made me feel a lot better. However, they can be VERY stubborn. Sometimes, it’s like talking to a toddler. It can require some patience when dealing with their shenanigans.

They can live practically everywhere.

Although it is more ideal that they live in a place with plenty of room to run, bassets can gladly live anywhere. As long as they have a partner-in-crime, they’re content. Also, as they get older, they do tend to develop hip dysplasia and arthritis, so it may be ideal to not have as many stairs or have a small ramp built in.

They’re clumsy.

I remember the first time I saw my baby. He had been neglected and was covered with fleas (to the point where we could see them hopping from his black coat). He was only three months at the time, and we were luring him downstairs to the laundry room to wash him in the sink. He got down maybe five stairs before tripping on his ears, and almost falling halfway down the stairs. Although a really scary sight, that has basically become our whole lives, just sitting there watching our clumsy basset falling all over himself, day in and day out.

They’re ears are really fun to play with.

Sometimes, when I’m bored, I tie his ears together above his head with a ribbon. He looks like a big ol’ bunny rabbit

They’re cuddle bugs!

Whenever I come home to visit, I get mobbed before I can even get in the door. We can struggle anywhere: on the floor, on the couch, in the grass. It doesn’t matter. Basset hounds can be little attention hogs. They seek affection and love to snuggle. If you’re someone who is rarely around, a basset hound may not be the best dog for you.

I love my goober dog. He is such a little angel in my life. I hope that others see the sweetness that basset hounds have. If you're interested in adopting a basset hound, check out your local animal shelter!

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53 Dogs Who Are Just Too Pure For This World

Dogs truly do make the world a better place.

Animals are by far some of the most empathic creatures on the planet. Sometimes it seems even more so than humans. While cats have their moments, and fish don't really care for cuddles, dogs take the glory for being the most human out of the animal kingdom. They're loyal, loving, and despite what scientists say, they do have a soul. And boy oh boy, their souls are just too dang pure for this world sometimes. Here are 53 dogs who were too pure for this world:

1. When it's been awhile since he saw his bff:

2. When you open the front camera but it doesn't matter because you're so cute:

3. Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten:

4. When this pupper knew you gotta dress to impress:

5. When your dog knows you like a book, and only half judges your life choices:

6. When the dog is actually the baby of the family

7. When this dog literally created happiness:

8. When this dog was just too innocent to be guilty:

9. When this dog knew he was serving looks:

10. When the insult went just a little too far:

11. When the before and after photos were proof enough that this doggo is a good boy:

12. When the force was too strong with this one:

13. When dogs sum up what it's like to have a sibling:

14. When the food testing is strictly business and not for personal reasons at all:

15. When this dog summed up how doctors visits make me feel:

16. When pinecones are life:

17. When this doggo thought ahead:

18. When your pup nurses you back to health:

19. When this dog got heckin bamboozled

20. When this dog proved he truly was man's best friend:

21. When this doggo isn't the best at fetch but at least she's trying:

22. When this dog helped his owner create a work of art:

23. When this dog was the definition of 'sharing is caring':

24. When this pupper has the quick fix to all your technological needs:

25. When you're the goodest boy to ever live:

26. When nap time is the best time:

27. When life is ruff but you're still optimistic:

28. When Ralph just wants to say hi to everyone:

29. When this dog has better manners than most people:

30. When this pupper just wanted to stop the scary noises:

31. When this doggo taught us to only pack the essentials:

32. When this doggo was just trying to make fetch happen:

33. When it doesn't pay to be kind:

34. When ball is life:

35. When you don't have to be perfect to be loved:

36. When this doggo took his oath seriously:

37. When the realization that his brother was possessed hit:

38. When this pooch is too polite for his own good:

39. When this doggo came with convenient sub-woofers:

40. When land doggo meets aqua doggos:

41. When you don't even notice 1/4 of the doggos isn't an actual doggo:

42. When this doggo had a better birthday than you did:

43. When this pup was the cutest nurse ever:

44. When this pup showed what true friendship looked like:

45. When this dog showed more compassion and humanity than most people do:

46. When this dog was heckin' framed:

47. Where can I buy one of these plants?

48. When this doggo was just trying to help you with your hardware needs:

49. When this good boy has had enough of coming in second place:

50. When even good boys have their limits:

51. But in the end, you're always their #1:

52. Fight on, my noble steed:

53. Because no matter what, good or bad, dogs will always be too pure for this world:

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