Basset Hound Puppies for Sale in Killeen, TX
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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 Killeen?
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, Killeen is ranked the 47th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A+ for its cost of dog insurance. In fact, the city has the 6th lowest average dog insurance premiums in the country.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Killeen
Killeen and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and enjoy the warm Texas sun. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Mickey’s Dog Park, Purser Family Park, and Monarch Park Dog Park.
Killeen 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 Harker Heights Community Park, Heritage Park, and Eagle Nature Trail at Central Texas College.
Life in Killeen with a dog
Killeen has a variety of pet-friendly restaurants where you and your dog can grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area include Thai Thai, Jokers IceHouse Bar & Grill, and Freebirds World Burrito.
Killeen 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 you have friends or family visiting Killeen, 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 Shilo Inn & Suites Killeen, Best Western Plus, and The Peach Tree Inn.
Popular dog breeds in Killeen
Killeen is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls, Bulldogs, Rottweilers, Chihuahuas, and Dachshunds. No matter which breed you decide to add to your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.
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