Basset hounds are the ultimate scent hound. Their nose is one of the most powerful of all breeds. The only breed with a better sense of smell is the Bloodhound. But Bassets are still awesome. What isn't to love about them? If you like swimming with your dog that question is easy to answer. Bassets have very heavy bones, so they can't swim. A backyard pool is a major safety hazard if you own a Basset hound, so be alert about this.
These dogs love to follow scents. The long, droopy ears serve as radar sweepers. Compact, short legs, and large, big paws help the Bassets a lot. It makes it easier for the dog to bring his nose closer to the ground, and that's where the scent trail is located. This hound has a long body. It's probably longer than a Dachshund's!
These hounds love people, and people love them back. But Bassets and Basset owners hate all of the health issues. Ear infections, eye problems, leg problems, spinal problems, and other health issues galore! And like other hounds, Basset Hounds will role around in the scents that they encounter, so extra bathing is required. A loving, scent-loving, clownish hound, the Basset Hound will make you're life astonishing to the extremes!