Bassett Hounds: Can they be kept outside?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by feather leg farms, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. feather leg farms

    feather leg farms Songster

    Jun 25, 2009
    Salisbury, NC
    One day I plan to own a Bassett Hound. I was wondering if they can stay outside. I can put a nice heat lamp on them in winter if needed. I was asking this b/c I have a beagle and she stays outside. They have the same fur type.
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    I kept my Willie Nelson outside all the time.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Bassett hounds are hunting dogs. They were originally bred to trail rabbits in all sorts of weather. Provide a dry, draft free coop and a bassett will do fine outside.
  4. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Willie Nelson....................I love WIllie NElson

  5. feather leg farms

    feather leg farms Songster

    Jun 25, 2009
    Salisbury, NC
  6. MomtoSyd&Emma

    MomtoSyd&Emma Songster

    Jul 13, 2009
    Southern VA
    Growing up we had Bassets.

    Daisy would literally FREAK out when we brought her inside, she hated the indoors

    Brutus our male LOVED the indoors.

    We brought them inside when it got REALLY cold, snowy etc... or if the heat was just too extreme.

    But I have to say they MIGHT have slept indoors a total of 10 days a year!

    Now of course I only have spoilt, pampered pillow pets (yes including the Boxer) lol
  7. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Quote:I do too, lifetime fan and that dog looked like him. Had to be done.
  8. Slinkytoys

    Slinkytoys Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Black Forest
    You do have to watch the ends of the ears. They are much longer and will drag on the ground, sometimes splitting or getting frost bitten. Check on them and use some cream if needed. Most dogs can acclimate given enough time. Draft free housing with bedding will make life much nicer for the dog.
  9. Orchid

    Orchid Songster

    May 10, 2010
    North Central MN
    It really depends on what the climate is like where you live. We live in north central MN and I have a basset and I would never leave her outside 24/7 in the winter, even with her insulated draft free dog house. She just doesn't have enough coat for that and it would be very hard on her. If I had hunting dogs and had two or three that could curl up together in a house, then maaaybe. But pet bassets are really "people" dogs and I don't feel leaving them outside alone all the time is fair to them anyway. My girl likes being an indoor/outdoor dog as she pleases, which means she wants to be out a lot when it's nice and in a lot when it's cold. [​IMG]
  10. feather leg farms

    feather leg farms Songster

    Jun 25, 2009
    Salisbury, NC
    We are in NC!

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