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Patricia B.

11/24/2021

Basset Hound

I purchased this puppy for my son as a gift for his birthday. His name originally was Romeo but my son felt Hank fit him much better! The whole process was wonderful with explanations all along the way. The breeder was excellent in sending pictures weekly which were forwarded to me. Hank is very loved and everything I expected. The breeder was excellent in sending pictures weekly which were forwarded to me. We love him ❤️

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Basset Hound Characteristics

The Basset Hound is the iconic low-riding hunting dog. Their keen sense of smell makes them useful trackers out in the field, but they also become mellow family friends who take well to a laid-back lifestyle. Proper socialization and obedience training are necessary for ensuring a proper fit within a family or hunting lifestyle.

Fast Facts

  • Energy Moderate
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Willful

The Basset Hound has a long and rich history as a "Scent Hound,” which means they aren’t as agile as some hunting dogs, but bring intelligence and excellent tracking to the table. Instead of tracking prey and attacking it head-on, the Basset Hound uses its highly-advanced sense of smell to track its prey for miles until its human counterpart can do the catching.

The Basset Hound is often seen with a lemon, black, or blue coat.  Typically standing no taller than 14 inches at the shoulder and weighing in between 50-65 pounds, the Basset Hound is a stout and muscular creature. These dogs can be trained to be active hunters or mellow couch potatoes, but keeping the Basset Hound on a diet, either way, is important, as these dogs are prone to gaining a little too much excess weight when left to their own devices.

Ironically, these dogs can be a little bit tricky to train. Their breeding makes them excellent at following scents, but teaching them other skills can be an uphill battle! While they look hardy, the Basset Hound responds best to positive reinforcement and treats and has a tendency to shut down if voices are raised or physicality is used. They’re sweet and affectionate and highly attuned to their people’s moods. As with most breeds, early socialization and focused obedience training are recommended to build a great relationship with your hound dog.

 

How dog-friendly is Alexandria?

A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Alexandria is ranked the most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A+ for its number of dog parks, pet sitters, and dog-friendly restaurants. Alexandria also received an A for its number of dog-friendly rentals and hotels. 

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Alexandria

Alexandria has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some exercise. According to The Swiftest, there are 10.6 dog parks per 100,000 residents, the highest in the country. 


Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Chambliss Street Dog Park, Simpson Stadium Dog Park, Fort Ward Park, and Dog Run at Carlyle. 


Alexandria is also home to several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Jones Point Park, Belle Haven Park, and Mount Vernon Trail.  

Life in Alexandria with a dog

Alexandria has over 100 great pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Virtue Feed & Grain, Vola’s Dockside Grill, Le Refuge Restaurant, Southside 815, and Jackson 20.       


Alexandria has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, spas, and groomers. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If your friends or family are visiting Alexandria, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Lorien Hotel and Spa, The Alexandrian Autograph Collection, Hotel Indigo, and Westin Alexandria Old Town.                 

Popular dog breeds in Alexandria

Alexandria is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, and German Shepherds. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.

 

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