Rundown on Basset Hounds: Energetic when they're younger, like any puppy. They mellow when they get older though. Molly matured around 2 years old. Until then she was an absolute nutter. Anyone who calls a basset lazy hasn't had one. :P
Even mellowed, they need walks daily. They're good ramblers and will happily walk with you over long distances. They LOVE it. They should always be on a leash. They're 90% nose, 10% the rest of their brain. They'll follow their nose before listening to you.
Stubborn to a fault and can be willful. Mine won't do a trick if she doesn't see a treat in your hand. :P This stubborn nature can make you laugh, though, as long as you don't let it get out of hand. There are things I won't let her get away with (chewing anything not hers, chasing the cat) and things I just have to chuckle at (the trick thing just makes me laugh). The strange thing is they are also mired in routine. We call Molly tick tock because she knows when everything is supposed to happen and relies on routine for her day.
They love people. I have never had a dog that loves people as much as my basset. And people LOVE them back. I've had people tell me that Molly made their day brighter. There's something about those droopy faces and long ears that makes people trust them.
They smell. Mine farts. A LOT! They have a houndy smell. You don't notice it much after a bit. Mine is raw fed and I noticed she doesn't smell as much. They also drool a lot if they smell something yummy.
Basically, they are loveable, smelly, clowns who are small enough to live in an apartment or condo yet big enough to mow you down when they play. My husband calls them big dogs on a lil chassy.