Our expert says:
Yes, Basset hounds usually are good family pets (especially spayed bitches). Be careful of giving a toddler a puppy to look after. I'm sure you realise that a toddler really isn't old enough or able to do all that needs to be done for a dog. I believe that a dog should belong to the family and not to one person in the family - all members of the family should have roles to play in the life of the dog. A child can help by giving the pup his food, doing the poop scooping and perhaps brushing, while the adults must do everything else. Bassets are large dogs, so don't be deceived by their height. They need quite a lot of exercise and most have to be kept on lead or they wander off, following their noses forever. They do slobber and have long ears which can get in the food bowl, so keep a facecloth handy. For other breeds go to the petlinks page of my website for breed sites: www.animal-behaviour.org.za/karengray
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