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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 Lakewood?

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, Lakewood is ranked the 15th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of dog-friendly hiking trails and dog-friendly restaurants.

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Lakewood

Lakewood has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some exercise. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Daniels Park, Forsberg Iron Spring Dog Park, Chatfield State Park Off-Leash Dog Area, and Berkeley Lake Dog Park.   


Lakewood and the surrounding area are 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 William Frederick Hayden Park, Bear Creek Greenbelt, and Belmar Park.    

Life in Lakewood with a dog

Lakewood has dozens 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 city include Piggin’ Out Smokehouse, The Ranch at West 40, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Westrail Tap and Grill, and Swig Tavern.       


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


If your friends or family are visiting Lakewood, 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 Comfort Suites Southwest, Quality Inn Lakewood, and Hyatt House.                   

Popular dog breeds in Lakewood

Lakewood is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Beagles, Poodles, Rottweilers, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its peers across the city.

 

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