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 ❤️
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 Surprise?
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, Surprise is ranked the 35th most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city received an A for its number of pet dog-friendly rentals and a B+ for its cost of dog insurance.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Surprise
Surprise and the nearby area have many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can play and stretch its legs. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Community Park Dog Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park, Roscoe Dog Park, and Parkridge Park.
Surprise 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 Trilby Trailhead, Sun Valley Trailhead, and Sierra Montana Park.
Life in Surprise with a dog
Surprise has dozens of pet-friendly restaurants where you can grab a bit to eat with your dog. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the area are Culver’s, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Jim’s Burgers & Eggs, and Great Eagle Bar & Grill.
Surprise 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 your friends or family are visiting Surprise, 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 Hampton Inn Suites, The Windmill Suites, and Residence Inn.
Popular dog breeds in Surprise
Surprise is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Chihuahuas, German Shepherds, Shih Tzus, Pitbulls, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Goldendoodles. No matter which breed you decide to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs across the city.
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