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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 Boston?

A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Boston is ranked as the 67th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best for outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 35th in the country.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Boston

Boston has numerous pet-friendly places for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. According to a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study, there are 1.8 parks for every 100,000 residents. Over 15 of these are off-leash parks where your dog can roam without constraint. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are North End Dog Park, Boston Common, Belle Isle Marsh, Channel Center Dog Park, and Paul Revere Dog Park.


In Boston, you’ll find a number of great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Boston Public Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, The Esplanade, and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.


The city is also home to several water activities you and your dog can enjoy. Boston Harbor Cruises welcomes dogs on their cruises and ferries, and Paddle Boston rents kayaks and paddleboards for your four-legged friends.

Life in Boston with a dog

With over 136 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have somewhere to grab a meal in Boston. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Toro, Joe’s American Bar and Grill, Thorntons Fenway Bar and Grille, and The Frogmore Lowcountry Kitchen and Bar.


Boston has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and almost a dozen dog-friendly shopping centers. At the SoWa Open Market street festival, you and your dog can enjoy hundreds of the artisans and vendors and some of the best food and art New England has to offer.


If you have friends or family visiting Boston, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Colonnade Hotel, The Eliot Hotel, Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston, and Copley House.

Popular dog breeds in Boston

Boston is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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