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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.
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 Kentucky?
Kentucky has some strong dog-friendly cities, but overall the state could do better for dog-friendliness. In particular, Kentucky’s animal welfare laws lag behind other states.
In a study by animal safety ranker, Pawsafe, Kentucky ranked as the 40th most pet-friendly state. Pawsafe’s study ranked each of the 50 states according to several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails. The state scored poorly in this study for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Safewise, another animal safety ranker, came to a similar conclusion in a separate study. They ranked Kentucky as the 43rd most pet-friendly state. Combining these two studies together shows Kentucky towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.
Are cities in Kentucky pet-friendly?
Ranker site Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few of the major cities in Kentucky ranked.
In their study, Lexington-Fayette was the best in Kentucky, ranking 41st most pet-friendly city. It ranked 94th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 47th for pet budget, and 22nd for pet health and wellness.
While 41 isn’t outstanding, it’s in the top half of the largest 100 cities.
Louisville, KY, also did fairly well, ranking 42nd overall. They also ranked 95th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 29th for pet budget, and 24th for pet health and wellness.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Lexington, KY ranked 22nd on the list at 1.9 per 100,000 residents.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Kentucky
BringFido lists Kentucky as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1300 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Dinosaur World and the Kentucky Horse Park as top dog-friendly attractions.
Forty-seven percent of Kentucky residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Kentucky are Labradors, Beagles, and Retrievers. Other popular breeds include Yorkshire Terriers, Boxers, and Chihuahuas.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Kentucky
Kentucky saved 84,191 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7,132 animals were killed over this same period. Forty-eight out of 107 of the animal shelters within Kentucky are no-kill shelters.
While the percentage of no-kill shelters is average, the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is moderately short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.
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