I would like to introduce you all to Libby the Basset Hound. My two year old not so big baby. (Although she thinks she's a miniature lap dog)... hence the title "Basset Hound Probs".
I thought this little girl deserved a post. I mean, she has been on EVERY adventure with me since the very beginning. Austin, Fort Worth, San Francisco, and back to Austin. She's not even 4 years old you guys.
Also, she's pretty damn photogenic. This is just an excuse to share all her freaking adorable pictures with everyone. Get ready for basset cuteness overload.
First pic we ever took together! There were ten puppies in her litter, and Libby was by far the sweetest, funniest, and had the most beautiful lemon coat I had ever seen. (Coming from the biggest basset lover there is, I'm not kidding). There were only two lemons of the litter - Libby being one, and a male being the other. Libby was not going to anyone else you guys.
If you are looking for a basset hound breeder in Texas, I got her from a sweet couple out of Burleson. I found them on American Kennel Club, which I highly recommend. People will hate me for saying this, but I would look for a good breeder rather than a rescue if you are wanting a purebred basset hound. Some breeders will get away with selling basset hound puppies that aren't purebred for a lot of money, so make sure the breeders are legit. A way you can tell is by looking at the basset hound parents - make sure they both have the cone shape on top of their heads, above the eyes, rather than the flat tops. First time basset owners sometimes aren't aware of this and don't know what to look for. You can see Libby's cone shape in the image below...
Yea... she's pretty damn cute, I know.
So you ready to purchase your basset hound? Or you just want to hear what we basset hound moms go through each and every day? Well here ya go....
#BASSETHOUNDPROBS comin at ya.
Ears that are too damn big for their bodies. Well, hopefully your basset hound will grow into them, some don't. Either way, those large long ears get me every time.
Although these ears make basset hounds the cutest dog breed in all the land, they will get them into some trouble with mom & dad. Like when those ears fall into their water bowls while drinking the whole entire bowl of water. I realized that they aren't actually drinking the whole entire bowl of water... half of the water soaks up into their ears.... and then dragged across the floor of your home.
Also like when your basset hound just wants to go outside and take a pee. They are outside for literally 30 seconds and come back in covered in dirt. No not their feet.. not their bellies... their long damn ears are covered in dirt. You wonder how the hell can their ears be so dirty after being outside for 30 seconds? Another floor clean up please. I hope you like to mop because this will be your new second job.
...... but they are just so damn cute.
FEAR OF WATER
So as you can see in this photo, my dog is deathly afraid of water. Obviously that's a joke.
But really, this is the only water photo you will ever see of this little girl - I will treasure it forever.
The issue with this is that giving a basset hound a bath is the ultimate NIGHTMARE. Bassets are not known for smelling like roses you know. They need to be bathed and groomed as much as possible. Their nails grow an inch every week, and I won't even mention the smell again. Let's just say, I would rather pay someone to handle this vs spending 5 hours to bathe her myself.
With that being said, bassets are not cheap and extremely high maintenance.
.... but they are just so damn cute.
The worst/best problem of being the owner of a basset hound is that THEY. ARE. STUBBORN. Training a basset hound is not easy my friends. Walking a basset hound is not easy my friends. Bathing a basset hound is not easy my friends. Playing with a basset hound is not easy my friends. I think you get the picture...
But what makes a basset hound a basset hound is their stubbornness. You can't help but love them for it. If you have patience, persistence, and discipline, you will be a fine owner of this breed. A couple tips?
- Purchase a harness. No collar. Harness. Basset Hounds will pop right out of that collar the moment you put it on. Why? They want to smell EVERYTHING. Walking a basset hound takes a lot of patience and some pushing and pulling. If you don't give a little pull, your 30 minute walk will turn into hours. Harnesses do not tug & choke on the neck and are the safest way to walk an extremely stubborn dog.
- Train your basset hound from the very beginning as a puppy. They are stubborn and not the brightest in the bunch, but they need discipline. If you don't show them discipline, they will walk all over you and end up running the household. I know I know they are sweet, chubby, and cute, but you have to take charge. When they start habits, it's very difficult to break them from those habits. When it's a bad habit, you are screwed. Thank goodness I've had bassets before... it only took me 3 to perfect this problem.
.... but they are just so damn cute.
CUDDLES! YES! I want my dog to cuddle with me all day every day.
Yea... that's what I said too. HA!
Now I have a huge cuddler on my hands... literally huge. Basset Hounds are not lap dogs if you didn't know. Sometimes she thinks she's a miniature poodle... well I take that back, all the time. It's a little embarrassing to say, but she sleeps in bed with me every single night, cuddles on my lap when I sit on the couch, and never leaves my side. I blame myself for this. I wanted a cuddler, I got a cuddler. All I'm saying is that if this is what you want, a basset hound will make a perfect partner.
It's all about how you train them from the very beginning. I let Libby sleep in my bed as a puppy. Now I have a 60 pound dog sleeping in my bed every night. If you don't want this to happen, then train them to sleep in their own beds from the very beginning. I told you they don't like to break habits. Cuddle overload is definitely a problem, but fortunately for me, a problem that I have no problem with at all.
.... they are just so damn cute though.
Get ready for the "awww"s the "omg can i pet her?"s the "can i take a picture?"s and so much freaking attention. You might love it, you might hate it. Either way, you can't just relax in peace and quiet while out in public. Don't get me wrong, YOU might hate it, but your basset hound will LOVE it. Attention whores. Yes I said it. They are.
... but they are just so damn cute.
To be honest, these 5 probs are only a couple that we basset hound mommas deal with every day. I'll save the rest for another day. But you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. I freaking love those stubborn ass sweet chubbs with long ears. If you have any questions about basset hounds or have any helpful tips & tricks as basset owners, I'd love for you to comment below.
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