Having a canine guest always opens my eyes to animal behaviour I’m unfamiliar with. That eager to please, what can I do to make you happy attitude missing from life with basset hounds. Spend a few days with a Labrador and you get to know the true meaning of a loyal canine friend. Friendship with a basset hound is a battle of wills and constant negotiation of power and reward. Generally this is their power and reward. Even at their most obedient our hounds barely lower their seats or undercarriages before snatching their rightful treat from our hand.
You only need to flick through the photographs below to see their characters on show. Abby, the labrador is attentive to your every command whereas the bassets have a fleeting moment of interest just in case there is something worth paying attention for. If you want a dog who will be your obedient and loyal companion don’t disappoint yourself by bringing basset hounds into your life. Hounds are fiercely independent minded and strong-willed that know their cute faces and idiosyncratic ways will paralyse your rational senses to leave you at their beck and call and make you their loyal servant.
Strangely, I wouldn’t have it any other way.