We have a female basset hound who we think is about nine years old. She was our son's dog and he was living with us shortly after he got her. Since then some years she has lived with him and some with us but us mostly and for the last two years she has been fully ours except he takes care of her when we travel. She still loves him too. We've learned a lot about basset hounds from our experience with her, but am glad to find this forum where I am sure I'll learn a lot more.