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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 St Louis?
A recent study from WalletHub reviewed 100 of the largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, St. Louis is ranked as the 6th most pet-friendly city in the entire country. The city is a great location for raising a healthy dog, ranking 16th overall in the pet health and wellness category. St. Louis is also the 18th most affordable place to have a pet.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in St. Louis
St. Louis has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your pup to get their daily dose of physical activity. According to a Trust For Public Land study, St. Louis has 1.6 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city and the surrounding area include Tower Grove Park, St. Johns Community Dog Park, Frenchtown Dog Park, Mini Ha Ha Park, and Lucas Dog Park.
In St. Louis, you’ll also find several dog-friendly hiking trails for when you want to go for a long walk with your dog. A few great spots worth exploring are Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, Gateway Arch National Park, Jefferson Barracks Historical Park, and Grant’s Trail.
Life in St. Louis with a dog
St. Louis has over 100 pet-friendly restaurants meaning you and your dog will have plenty of tasty options when you want to get something to eat. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants include Shameless Grounds, Carmine’s Steak House, Boathouse at Forest Park, Failoni’s Restaurant and Bar, and Boggart’s Smokehouse.
St. Louis has many other pet-friendly establishments, including pet stores, groomers, and daycares. The WalletHub study found St. Louis to have the 2nd most animal shelters per capita so you can feel confident that the city takes animal welfare seriously.
Each year there are several pet-centered events to celebrate dogs and their owners. One of the most memorable events is Pooches in the Ballpark. There you and your furry friend can catch a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.
If you have friends or family visiting St. Louis, they’ll find over 100 pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Moonrise Hotel, Angad Arts Hotel, Benton Park Inn, Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, and the Cheshire.
Popular dog breeds in St. Louis
St. Louis is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, and Bulldogs. No matter which kind of dog you choose to add to your family, the new pup will find many of its canine companions across the city.
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