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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8 Things Every Pet Owner Knows To Be True

Number 3: You will never get to go through a goth phase.

If you haven't been periodically woken up in the middle of the night by an audial attack of vicious growls, hisses or meows, consider yourself lucky.

Living with animals is horrible. Sure, they're cute and provide companionship when you're lonely, but the cons greatly outweigh the pros. (Unless we're talking about my cat. He's perfect.)

Here are some things every pet owner knows to be true.

1. This thing should really be called a hair roller.

At least, that's what we always called it. When you live with animals, lint is nowhere near your biggest wardrobe problem.

2. Loud music is necessary for survival.

Headphones are a godsend for anyone who can't stand the sound of claws scraping against the back door or the barks at people who aren't really there.

3. You will never get to go through a goth phase.

Every day, you have to make a decision to either boldly walk out the door covered in visible tufts of hair or change into one of your many articles of clothing that are the same color as your pet.

4. Allergy medicine is a life-saver.

Your parents may have tried to convince you that you weren't allergic, but you always knew the truth as you shoveled Claritin down your throat.

5. You will constantly smell like a vet's office.

These vets may be giving you a thumbs up, but you just know they smell like tooth decay.

6. Helping your dog catch a squirrel is the most exhilarating and rewarding feeling.

Silently creeping toward the back door with your dog and waiting for a squirrel to climb into your vision so you can quickly shove the door open and unleash your canine's wrath gives your life more fulfillment than your career or any of your human relationships.

7. You will never be cold at night.

Yeah, you'll get woken up by a paw hitting your face every morning, but at least you're saving money on blankets.

8. No matter how annoying your pets are, you always miss them when you're away.

And when you get back home, you apologize profusely for leaving them behind.

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9 Things Students Who Miss Their Dogs Inevitably Do

Because living away from your dog is one of the biggest struggles of college.

If you have a dog back home but live at school, you know the struggle of having to move away from them. Life just isn’t the same without having your dog to walk with or snuggle when you’re cold or sad.

Here are 10 ways that college students deal with separation from their beloved pets.

1. You constantly talk about how much you miss your dog

All of your friends probably know every aspect of

your dog’s personality because you have told them every story you have about them.

2. You frequently watch animal videos to fill the void in your hear

Also Twitter accounts. And Snapchat accounts.

4. You ask your family to send pictures of your dog throughout the day

You also probably respond to the pictures by asking your family to tell your dog what a good boy or girl they are and that you love them.

5. Then you go around showing EVERYONE the pictures that you received

If they don’t want to see the pictures, are they even worth being friends with?

6. Your main motivation for going home is petting your dog

Of course you want to see your friends and family too, but you can talk to them on the phone. You can’t talk to a dog on the phone.

7. You have your family put your dog on FaceTime

You have to make sure they’re doing okay without you and tell them to their face that you miss them.

8. When you visit home, you spend most of your time snuggling your dog

Also probably over-feeding your dog treats so they know how much you care about them.

9. Your social media accounts are always covered with pictures of your dog

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