|Droopy CD,- RA, HH, TDI,- CGC|
I didn't do it
|Barked: Tue Oct 26, '10 2:46pm PST |
|Droopy lived in an apartment until he was two. It can be done. As long as they get walked on a leash everyday. They are a dog that is very adaptable and will easily adjust to a couch potato lifestyle. If they are kept active, they will be active. They are not a breed that you can take off leash because their nose will get the best of them. They will follow their nose anywhere even into the middle of the road. They are also masters of "selective hearing". They hear you just fine, they just choose their own agenda. Bassets were bred to work independently from their handlers, so they are not a dog that will hang on your every move. Droopy has obedience titles, but I do not trust him off leash in an unfenced area. Even with all of his training, his urge to hunt and his prey drive is too strong. They were originally bred to be rabbit dogs, so some do have a strong prey drive. Some not so much. It just depends on the individual dog.
Some bassets slobber a lot. It is amazing how high on the wall they can sling slobber. Some bark more than others. They do shed more than you might think. They are not a breed for the immaculate housekeeper. They are a big dog on short legs, so keep that in mind and don't let them jump off of furniture or beds. They can easily injure their backs and joints. They are master beggers and much smarter than most people give them credit for. Unfortunately, that intelligence is usually used to figure out how to surf the counter or get in the trash can. They are usually very food motivated.
With the negatives out of the way, I can say that bassets are my heart breed. I will never be without one. They are complete clowns and will always make you laugh. They can be mischievous, but it is part of their charm. They are happy to be with their people and are never opposed to a good nap at least when they have past their puppy stage.
To answer your question, you do not have to have a fenced yard to have a basset. You do have to have a leash and a clear understanding from everyone in the house that the basset can never leave the house unless he is on the leash.
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