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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 Tampa?
A recent study from WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Tampa is ranked as the 2nd most pet-friendly of all American cities. The city is one of the best when it comes to pet health and wellness and outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 5th and 13th in the categories, respectively.
A similar study from SmartAsset also ranked Tampa as the 2nd most pet-friendly city in the country. In the study, they found Tampa to have the 6th most dog parks per capita. The city also has the 18th most pet-friendly restaurants and one of the highest walkability scores.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Tampa
Tampa has a variety of dog parks and other outdoor activities for your dog to enjoy the warm Florida sun. According to the SmartAsset study, there are 4.1 dog parks per 100,000 residents. Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city include West Park Dog Park, Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park, Lettuce Lake Park, and Hair of the Dog Park.
In Tampa, you’ll also find several scenic hiking trails for when you want to take your dog on an extended walk. A couple of great spots to explore are Eureka Springs Conservation Park and Upper Tampa Bay Trail.
Life in Tampa with a dog
With over 240 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your pup will always have somewhere to grab a bite to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Datz Tampa, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, World of Beer, Independent Bar and Cafe, and Glory Days Grill.
Tampa has many other dog-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, groomers, and spas. It is also one of the best locations when it comes time to find a place to live with your pet. A Zumper study found Tampa to have the 32nd most pet-friendly rental listings in the country.
If your friends or family are in Tampa for a visit, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city include Brandon Center Hotel, Le Meridien Tampa, Hotel Haya, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Popular dog breeds in Tampa
Tampa is home to a diverse range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are French Bulldogs, Goldens, Labs, German Shepherds, Bulldogs, Poodles, Rottweilers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, and Yorkshire Terriers. No matter which breed you want to add to your family, your new pup will find many of its kind across the city.
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