Our girl Lucy had long nails, she hated to have them trimmed and gave the Vet a good work out every time we had a nail appt. Our first Vet said we wouldn't have to worry about the length of her nails; if we walked her enough they'd get worn down...........wrong! We walked her enough 2-3 times a day until she was age 9 and ages 9-12 one to two times a day. Her nails did not wear down. We have hardwood flooring and I can tell you since she crossed the bridge last Oct., I miss that sweet sound of basset nails on my hardwoods!