You have made the big decision to get a dog while in medical school, now which type will you get? As you may already know from a previous my post, Basset hounds are my favorite breed. Also, I have more experience with them since I have only ever had Basset hounds as pets. So when faced with deciding what dog to get during medical school it was practically a no-brainer. Practically… I considered corgis for a while because their body habitus is somewhat similar to bassets and for some reason I am drawn to such dogs. Then after researching the breed I realized they were very active little crazies, and not all posh like the Queen’s… This realization brings me to the first point I want to make: do your RESEARCH.
Look into their energy level and exercise requirements. You will think you are getting a puppy as a gift to yourself, but remember they too have needs which have to be met so that they live the most joyful life that they can. Being a medical student, later on a resident, and so on, will limit you in what you can provide for the dog. I had to take into consideration my current lifestyle as well as my future. I had to think of my living arrangement and how that would bear a lot of weight into deciding what breed of dog to get. I would not be able to provide ample space for a dog to run and exercise as I will probably be living in an apartment for the next few years. I would need to look into dogs that don’t require much room and have somewhat a sedentary lifestyle. Emphasis on “somewhat” as Basset hounds need their fair share of exercising otherwise you will end up with an obese dog with various health problems. They do good with daily walks and otherwise just lounge all day. Something to consider when your schedule gets too hectic is a dog-walker.
Next think of the dog’s size as an adult. Chances are you do not want to end up living with a Malamute in a studio apartment, regardless of how gorgeous they look lol. I would recommend looking into dogs that will end up being small – medium in size if your living arrangement is like mine. A very important detail to factor in is the dog’s coat. A gorgeous coat can draw you in but think about the shedding. Basset hounds shed a lot, but not quite like a Siberian Husky or shepherds. This was the one thing I decided to look past because of how sold I am on their personalities and adorable looks. Luckily, my roommate has a Goldendoodle (Charlie), whose poodle genes make him a non-shedding dog, so I only have to deal with my basset’s shedding.
Lastly, something worth looking into is the dog’s personality. Basset’s have very unique personalities that will make you believe you are living with another human. They can be very stubborn, lazy, loving, and at times even have a bitchy personality. They will give you a judging look but still love you. I have to add that my adorable chubby puppy is quite the entitled brat. He will throw tantrums in his bed when he doesn’t get the toy he wanted to play with because Charlie has it. It is never a dull day with a basset in your home! Although his stubbornness will affect his training and housebreaking, once you use up all the patience you ever had with it, bassets will be very independent and a great addition to the family.
For a little background on the breed, watch this video!