Hi, all! We're in the final decision stages of adopting a basset mix from our local shelter. He's three years old and all basset in the body and legs. My question - can a healthy adult basset hound physically handle going up and down carpeted stairs several times a day? There are two main sets of stairs that are 8 steps each he'd probably want to use if he's going to traipse around after us all day. Plus three cement steps into the back yard. I don't want to doom him to early joint/back problems by having a house not ideal for him. Thanks for any input! Love this site!