Considering Adopting a Basset Hound?
Considering adopting a Basset Hound from The Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain, is not the easy option. Adopting a dog, especially a rescue dog like a Basset Hound, can be a rewarding experience, but it's essential to be fully prepared for the responsibilities and challenges that come with it. Basset Hounds are lovely and affectionate dogs, but they have specific needs and characteristics that potential adopters should consider.
Here are some important things to keep in mind before adopting a Basset Hound:
Commitment: Dogs, especially rescue dogs, require a significant time commitment. Basset Hounds can live up to 10-12 years or more, so you need to be prepared for a long-term commitment.
Training and Socialisation: Some rescue dogs may have had difficult experiences in the past, which could affect their behaviour. Be ready to invest time and effort into training and socialising the dog to become a well-behaved and well-adjusted companion.
Exercise Needs: Basset Hounds are known for their low energy levels, but they still require regular exercise to stay healthy. Be prepared for daily walks and playtime.
Health Concerns: Basset Hounds are prone to certain health issues, such as hip dysplasia, ear infections (due to their floppy ears), and obesity. Regular vet check-ups and proper care are essential to ensure their well-being.
Grooming: Basset Hounds have short coats, but they shed, especially during seasonal changes. Regular grooming is necessary to keep their coat clean and healthy.
Financial Responsibility: Owning a dog comes with financial responsibilities, including food, grooming, medical expenses, and potential unexpected veterinary bills.
Patience and Understanding: Some rescue dogs may have behavioural issues or require additional time and patience to adjust to their new home. Understanding and patience are crucial during this period.
Home Environment: Basset Hounds can adapt to various living situations, but they generally enjoy a relaxed and comfortable home environment. Ensure your living situation is suitable for a dog.
Compatibility: Take your lifestyle into account and consider if a Basset Hound's temperament and needs align with your daily routine.
Support from the Rescue: The Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain is a reputable rescue organisation and will provide support and guidance during the adoption process and afterward. Be sure to communicate with us about any concerns or questions you may have.
Remember, adopting a dog, especially a rescue dog, is a significant decision. It's important to weigh the pros and cons, assess your ability to provide a loving and stable home, and be ready for the commitment and challenges that come with dog ownership. If you believe you can meet the needs of a Basset Hound and provide a loving forever home, the experience can be incredibly rewarding for both you and the dog.
You need to be prepared to help a confused and troubled Basset Hound find his place in your family. He has been through a massive upheaval and will need time to settle into a new way of life.
He may have separation anxiety, or a fear of sudden noises or strangers.
Certain events may trigger traumatic memories, the smallest things that may not make sense to you. Your new Basset Hound needs guidance, patience, training and above all unconditional love. If you can offer that to him he will repay you tenfold.
But please keep it in mind it will take more than a couple of days for your new Basset Hound to settle into his new home, especially if you already have a hound, it will take time for your new Basset Hound to find his place in the family.
At The Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain we are not behaviourists, we are just a small band of devoted rescuers doing our little bit to help. We do not claim to have all the answers. But we care deeply about every Basset Hound that comes into our care, so please be patient with them and us.
If you do adopt a dog from The Basset rescue Network of Great Britain and it doesn't work out after giving the hound a fair chance to settle, then of course we will always take the hound back and try to find a new home for him/her.
Please think long and hard before taking on one of our Basset Hounds. Our aim is to rehome once, to the right family.
Are you prepared to give a Basset Hound a new start and save a life today?