The Basset Hound is a laid back, mild mannered, sweetheart of a hound. They generally make a smooth transition into family life. They may be mild, but that does not mean they are shy. Basset Hounds can be extremely affectionate with the members of their family. Because they are hounds, which are dogs made to sniff things out, should your Basset get a whiff of something interesting, you might have a bit of trouble regaining their attention. Overall, Basset Hounds are a perfect dog for families. .