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 ❤️
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.
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 Charleston?
Dogs are part of the family. If your pup is to thrive and have an enjoyable life, it’s important to ensure you live in a pet-friendly environment. There are many factors that determine whether a city is pet-friendly. Dog-friendly businesses, access to dog parks and hiking trails, and rentals that allow dogs are just some of the things that improve the quality of life for your dog.
Charleston is great in many of these areas, which is why it is widely considered a very pet-friendly city.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Charleston
Charleston and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and meet other dogs. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are James Island County Park, Hampton Park Dog Run, Brittlebank Park, Bridgewater Dog Park, and Cannon Park.
Charleston and the surrounding area are also home to several great hiking trails where you can take your dog for a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are West Ashley Greenway, Joe Riley Waterfront Park, and Stono River Park.
Life in Charleston with a dog
Charleston has over 170 pet-friendly restaurants so you’ll always have plenty of options when you want to grab a bite to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area are Brown Dog Deli, FUEL Charleston, Black Magic Cafe, Queology Barbecue, and Poogan’s Porch.
Charleston has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. And, every year there are various pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Charleston, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the area are The Charleston Place, Barksdale House Inn, The Vendue Charleston’s Art Hotel, and Hotel Emeline.
Popular dog breeds in Charleston
Charleston is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are English Bulldogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, Labrador Retrievers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.
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