Is a Rescued Basset Hound Right for Me?
Since most of our Bassets come from area pounds and shelters, they often times suffer from separation anxiety. For this reason, our Bassets are not usually suited to apartment style living. Basset hounds frequently howl when the owner leaves for work, and so apartment living is not the ideal situation for our dogs. We prefer for our dogs to be placed in a home with a well fenced yard. For more information about the breed and to find out if a Basset Hound is right for you, please read About Bassets
NTBHR charges an adoption fee to cover the necessary medical care of the dog prior to its adoption.
Adoption Fee structure effective July 1, 2015
• 0-2 yr.: $375
• 2 yrs 1 mo. to 8 yrs: $275
• 8 yrs 1 mo. + yrs. : $175
Age determination will be made by NTBHR and are estimates in most cases. NTBHR basset hounds are spayed/neutered prior to adoption, up to date on shots and micro-chipped.
What about homes with small children?
If your family has small children under the age of 10, please think carefully before making the decision to adopt a dog. Small children and dogs lack the capability of knowing what they should and should not be doing when left alone unsupervised. Adopting a dog into a home with small children will take extra effort and training by all family members to be successful. Please make sure you are willing to take the extra time, effort and sometimes money for training classes that it will take to integrate a dog into your family.
Male vs. Female
If you are new to Basset Hounds, you might be surprised to learn that many male Bassets are laid back and mellow, while some females can be territorial and more prone to alpha dog behaviors. This is not true for all males, or all females, but a majority of our volunteers and adoptive homes have found this to be generally the case. If you are looking for the easy-going "hush puppy" type of Basset, a male is probably better for you.
Young vs. Older
North Texas Basset Hound Rescue occasionally has young dogs or puppies but often they do not make it to the website as we may have families waiting to adopt them. Keep in mind that any puppy or young Basset will need a playmate and will be best adopted by a family with another hound to play with. Keep in mind young dogs do require extra training and have lots of energy. Basset Hounds tend to slow down a little as they get older which can be a blessing! Older dogs are usually house trained, affectionate, and take a few more naps than their younger counterparts. Many families who have opened up their homes to older Bassets have told us that the dogs fit into their daily routine from the moment they arrived. The gratitude these Hounds express to their new owners is amazing to behold.