"Lucy's Law" means that anyone wanting to get a new dog in England must
now buy direct from a breeder, or consider adopting from a rescue centre.
Known for their strong feet, don't be surprised if your Basset starts digging in your garden. They should exercise for up to an hour a day, and can live over 10 years. Basset Hounds can be prone to barking and should be groomed once a week.
Hound Dogs are known for their long history of assisting hunters to track down game.
They come in a variety of sizes and coat types, and their personalities range from rambunctious and outgoing to laid-back and nonchalant.
What makes them unique is their strengths - excellent scent recognition, ability to spot an animal far in the distance, and rocket-like speed.
Hound Dogs are “dog hunters” and come in two categories: Sight Hounds – hunting by firstly observing, and Scent Hounds - used to help hunters in tracing the animal being hunted. Sight Hounds are modest, sleek and fast, while Scent Hounds are stronger, sturdy and tough. Sight Hounds enjoy walking in a safe path, while Scent Hounds are more curious and brave.
Though diverse, Hound Dogs are known for their significant baying noise! Before deciding to share your home with a Hound, it's probably best to observe a baying animal so that you can determine whether or not the noise is something you - and your neighbours - can live with.
Regardless of size or breed, they require supervision when outdoors, and should only be let off their lead in a secure, fenced area.
Hound Dogs are independent creatures who like to decide on their own terms whether they will obey a command. This can make them useful in the field, as they will not stop until they locate their prey, but it can cause problems in the home when your Hound will not come when called.
Despite their noisy quirks, Hound Gogs of all breeds have proven to be loyal, steadfast family companions. Many breeds are excellent with children, though Sight Hounds may not be able to control their desire to chase. With consistent training and a bit of supervision, hound dogs can be a great addition to families of all sizes.