Basest hounds make superior family pets due to their low-key nature and sweet personalities. As hounds, basset hounds are prone to excessive barking and howling. While they will alert you of a stranger's presence, they are too gentle and loving to make good guard dogs. Like all puppies, basset hounds will require time and energy. While they are relatively easy to groom, they can be stubborn when it comes to training. If you're interested in adopting a basset hound puppy, there are various paths you can take to get one.
Consider adopting a basset hound from a rescue organization. There are a large number of rescue foundations--such as Basset Hound Rescue, Basset Hound Rescue League and All Bassets Cherished--that are dedicated to the breed. Such organizations have both puppies and adult dogs up for adoption. While some of the animals have been neglected or abused, people give dogs to rescue groups for a bevy of reasons. Expect to pay an adoption fee of a few hundred dollars.2
Search for basset hound breeders in your general vicinity. Most breeders will put photos of their latest litters online so you can get an idea of the pups that appeal to you. If you are located far from the breeder, some offer delivery services. You merely pick up your new puppy from the airport when he flies in. It is preferable if you can travel to the breeder and meet the puppies in person prior to choosing one.3
Visit local pet stores. Most pet stores sell purebred dogs, so you'll likely find basset hounds there. If there aren't any available, ask the store if they will contact you when they get more in.4
Drop by your local Humane Society. Since purebred dogs tend to be adopted quickly, check in regularly. If you have some flexibility on the purebred issue, you are more likely to find a basset hound mix at the Humane Society.5
Assess which dog interacts with you best. If you are viewing a litter of puppies, you may find that one hound in particular melds better with your personality. Give yourself time to play with the pups. Ask the workers or breeder about a particular dog's demeanor. By gathering such information, you'll be able to make an informed decision on the best one for you.6
Take your new basset hound to the veterinarian for a checkup. The vet will give you an overall assessment of your dog's health and provide any needed vaccinations. Common basset hound ailments include bone and joint issues, skin conditions and ear infections.7
Maintain your basset hound's weight. The breed is very prone to obesity, due to its natural laziness and propensity to eat. Many health problems associated with the breed are caused or exacerbated by obesity. Only feed your dog specific portions of food at regulated feeding times.8
Walk your basset hound. Since the breed tends to be lazy, you must exercise your dog, even if you allow him to roam freely in an enclosed yard. Aim to walk your hound at least twice daily.9
Groom your dog once a week with a firm-bristled brush. Basset hounds shed quite a bit, so this will help to keep it under control. You'll also need to clip your dog's toenails every 4 to 8 weeks.