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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 Springfield?

Dogs are part of the family. If you want your pup to thrive and have a great life, it’s important to ensure your environment is pet-friendly. There are a variety of factors that make a city pet-friendly. Dog-friendly businesses, access to dog parks and hiking trails, and dog-friendly rentals are just some of the things that improve the quality of life for your dog.


Springfield excels in many of these areas, which is why it is widely considered a very pet-friendly city.  

Dog parks and outdoor activities in Springfield

Springfield and the nearby area have 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 city are Agawam Dog Park, Paw Meadow Dog Park, South Hadley Dog Park, East Windsor Dog Park, and Heritage Park.  


In Springfield and the surrounding area, you’ll also find several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore include Norwottuck Rail Trail, Amethyst Brook Conservation Area, and Manhan Rail Trail.   

Life in Springfield with a dog

Springfield 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 city include Milano Importing, Panda House, Antonio’s Grinders, and Bueno Y Sano.    


Springfield has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. The city also has a large number of pet sitters. Plus, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.


If your friends or family are visiting Springfield, there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Sheraton Springfield, La Quinta Inn & Suites, MGM Springfield, and Residence Inn.                  

Popular dog breeds in Springfield

Springfield is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Beagles, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, Labs, Chihuahuas, and Cocker Spaniels. No matter which breed you end up bringing into your home, your new pup will find many companions across the city.

 

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