Aggressive Basset Hound

by Jane
(Florida)


This seems to be the only current site I can find. I have a male Basset who will be a year in August. We have 2 other older dogs, females, a Golden and a Pomeranian. Our kids are gone so we have totally adored this dog. He has reaped the benefit of a lot of love and attention. He is so sweet and cute and totally adorable, but he will suddenly snap and turn on me. He starts barking and growling and jumping at me, he is trying to bite me and has a few times. My husband and I are baffled. I have had dogs my whole life, I've never had an aggressive dog. We try to make excuses for him to each other, we hope he'll outgrow this, but he is very unpredictable.

Today I was sitting on the floor petting him, he turned and started barking and growling at me. I was holding my feet out so he couldn't bite me. I finally got to my feet, but he will corner me, so I have to try to get to the door and then slam it behind him for safety. This is bizarre , scary and heart breaking. We love this dog. After he does this, he is looking at us like nothing happened and wagging his tail. My husband thinks it's a dangerous situation and that I could be really hurt. That goes against everything I feel about dogs, I've loved my dogs more than some people. You hear about bad Pitbulls, but no one is talking about the "bad Basset hound next door". Please know, this dog has had training and a trainer here, he goes to the vet more than any dog I've ever owned, he's not neglected. He just snaps and turns and then he's back to the "sweet dog". I'm baffled, is this a breed thing or what.

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May 16, 2016
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How did it pan out for you?
by: Tony

I've observed the same behaviour with a 7 months basset hound, that I do walk for the owner. He does that with the owner's Mom, too.

I was interested to know how did it work out for the originator of this article?

Thanks, Tony

Mar 26, 2015
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Bring it to the vet
by: Anonymous

Bring it to the Vet and get a check up, see if it a health related issue, the dog may be in some kind of pain. (Don't know where you got the dog)
Usually this breed does not anger/violence like you stated but may be trying show dominance or rank. My male tried snapping at me at first until I showed him who was boss.
Question for you: Does he get along with the other 2 dogs you mentioned? Which dog is the Alpha/boss?

Mar 26, 2015
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Thoughts of why.
by: Anonymous

Hello.
first I will thank you for sharing this problem with others, that need some guts to do (sorry my english here I am from Norway). This is a breed as you already know that should have no aggressive dogs. I belive you already have heard about the syndrom PMDS, thats follow the breed. It is two things you may do first to sheck this 1. aks the breeder if they know it this is in their breederlines? 2. See a vetenarian and ask if they may excam the dogs by ultrasound to look for a utreus behind prostata and urinbladder. Aggressivity is one of the typical symptom of PMDS. IF someone of the female dogs has their annual runningtime (bleeding) those dogs who suffer of PMDS will have a bad behavior, special during those periods. If this also is a typical behavior else during the days of the year, I would have dicussed it with the breeder what to do. It has happend that those bassets you need to put them to sleep. A aggressive basset hound is a dangerous dog. One young man in Sweeden has put his basset hound last summer only 2 years old to sleep. He attack his mum badley in her arm, and she neede a surgery afther. Sheck the lines if there are aggressive dogs there. I know there are some breeders that still use those dogs to mate with. And tahts sad fro the dogs, for the breed and for their families. Astrid

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