Basset hounds are actually bred to be hunting dogs. Their noses are extremely powerful, and when they get on a scent, you will see them in their most active state. Basset hounds bursts of instinct-driven energy tend to be short-lived. Once they get their sniffs out of the way, they are actually quite lazy.
Hip and elbow dysplasia are common problems in Basset hounds. Prevent it by limiting their activity to playing interactive games and taking them casual walks. They need daily exercise but if you’re looking for a jogging partner, a Basset hound may not be the dog for you!
Basset hounds do well with mental stimulation as well. They are prone to be destructive when they get bored, so make sure you engage with them every day. They are also prone to obesity so, although they are less active than some dogs, they will still need a walk every day!