Basset Hound Puppies for Sale in Springfield, MO
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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 Springfield?
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, Springfield is ranked the 30th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for the cost of dog insurance and a B for the number of dog-friendly rentals.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Springfield
Springfield has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can roam and get its daily dose of exercise. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city are Cruse Dog Park, Fassnight Park, and Nixa Dog Park.
In Springfield and the surrounding area, you’ll also find several great hiking trails for when you want to go on a nice long walk with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Sequiota Park, Frisco Highline Trail, Ritter Springs Park, and Bluff Spring Trailhead.
Life in Springfield with a dog
Springfield has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Bambinos Cafe on Delmar, Springfield Brewing Company, Cafe Cusco, Black Sheep Burgers and Shakes, and Andy’s Frozen Custard.
Springfield has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, daycares, and pet spas. The city is also home to a high number of pet sitters. And, 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 Greenstay Hotel and Suites, Hotel Vandivort, Drury Inn & Suites, and Candlewood Suites Springfield South.
Popular dog breeds in Springfield
Springfield is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Beagles, Maltese, Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, Bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your family, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.
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