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Dudley-1 Snowy Dudley



Age: 1

Sex: Male

Health: Neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, no health concerns

Location: Ceredigion, West Wales

 Dudley came into our care in mid-September.The month before was his first birthday and he had a list of various behaviour issues.Once settled into our routine with his 3 foster brothers (a basset, a basset x cocker and a collie), it appeared that he was just a pent-up puppy/young adult who needed to have fun and play and therefore, learn in a relaxed atmosphere.

One of Dudley's reported issues was that he peed/marked in the house, however, we have not experienced this at all.He is very good at letting us know when he wants to go and understands toileting before bedtime and before being left.On occasions he will be very reluctant to get off the sofa for bedtime toilet, when this happens, we pop a lead on him, and this seems to give him motivation to get up and go to the garden.

Dudley settles well and sleeps through at night.He has also been left for an hour or so during the day without issue.He sleeps and is left in the kitchen with our resident dogs.

With regards to food, Dudley is a little obsessive, he will make a bit of a commotion when his meals are being prepared and gets very excited.During preparation he waits with our other dogs, but he goes to a separate area to eat his food as our collie can get irritated with Dudley's enthusiasm whilst eating.If Dudley's forever home is with another dog, feeding will need continued work.

Dudley has lots of typical Basset traits, especially the acute hearing when opening the fridge or oven.He loves to be involved with everything, if you open a cupboard, he likes to check the contents before you have chance to get what you need.Vacuuming can be a bit of chore as Dudley likes to lay in front of the hoover or follow it around the around the house.

 He loves to be groomed and have his ears cleaned and is more than happy to have his nails cut, in fact the last time we did this job, he snored through most of it.

Dudley walks well on the lead with no pulling and can be walked in a group of three by one person.We are lucky enough to have a secure field for the dogs and he loves being off the lead, mainly pottering around sniffing but also enjoys zoomies.He is learning to recall very well and loves to get his treats for being a good boy.He also understands and obeys sit and wait.Dudley has met sheep, goats, ducks and chickens and has been excited to meet them, but our animals are used to dogs and don't react.He does, however, seem to have a high prey awareness and will chase chickens in particular but has never harmed them.He gets on very well with our cats and will share a bed with them.They do on occasion have to tell him off when his 'puppy' enthusiasm gets too much, but he takes his cat reprimand well and will settle down immediately.

Due to lockdown, Dudley has not met many new people but if we stop to talk to someone when out walking, he will sit patiently.He does need to be reminded not to get too excited and get down when greeting human family members – this is something that will need further positive training and will calm as he gets older.

Dudley has not travelled in the car very much but on the couple of occasions he has, there have been no problems.

Ohhh, Dudley does have one yucky habit …. he loves to eat poo – any poo, he's not fussy.He is starting to listen to "no – leave it Dudley" but he does find it hard to resist temptation.

 We have loved having Dudley as part of our family.He is a loving, inquisitive, fun, playful, cuddly, enthusiastic, sensitive, beautiful basset.He loves to have a cuddle with his foster dad but will favour attention from his female humans – he adores the ladies.He is a big basset, but more athletic than chunky and thinks he's teacup size when it comes to sitting on your lap.He will be a fantastic furever basset for an active family, who can make him the centre of their attention.Cuddly Dudley has been a very special foster and we are going to miss him very much."

 Dudley is looking for a home that includes the following;

  • Someone who is at home often.
  • A family willing to continue with his training around food.
  • No chickens or small furries.
  • A garden for him to potter (and zoom!) around.
  • An active family, as Dudley thoroughly enjoys his walks, and will need physical and mental stimulation.
  • Patience and time to spend with Dudley in the crucial first few weeks as he adapts.

Taking on a rescue dog is not the easy option. You need to be prepared to help a confused and troubled hound find their place in your family. They have been through a massive upheaval and will need time to settle into a new way of life, so please consider this BEFORE you fill in an application.


Dudley is subject to an adoption fee and a successful home check. If your home check is successful, your family, including your resident hounds if you have them, will need to be able to travel to his foster home to meet him and his foster family.

You will also have a telephone call with a member of the team, plus Dudley's foster family, so that all of his history can be shared with you in person, and that we can be assured that you can fill all of his needs and requirements.

Dudley comes with 5 weeks free insurance via our rehoming partner, Agria.

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