Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain

The Official Blog for the Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain with all the latest news and more importantly the hounds who are looking for their forever homes.
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Age: 6

Sex: Male

Health: Neutered, vaccinated and microchipped

Location: Surrey 

Sherman came to us having been surrendered by his owners and via a short stint at another foster home. Naturally he was very confused and had severe separation anxiety when he arrived. After six weeks with us he has grown into a different dog. He loves being around our family, always being nosy as to what is going on. He sleeps on my son's bed (who is 17) and loves cuddling up for a long sleep. He also has afternoon naps with my mother on the sofa after his lunchtime walk.

He is great with kids, other dogs but not so much with cats (chases them) or foxes (tries to chase those too out of the garden)

Taking him out on the lead is a dream, he is incredibly responsive and smart, never causing a moments worry that he will do something bonkers. Off lead, he can demonstrate a slight Basset approach to being recalled from the garden. He prefers a harness that doesn't go over his ears.

Sherman (we believe) is a Basset cross spaniel. He is very active and needs a firm loving owner who is experienced with larger breeds. He needs at least two walks a day and someone needs to be in the house pretty much all of the time. He is very good at napping during Zoom calls (last one was three hours)

He needs to be told when to stop during outside ball throwing playtime – we would not recommend any indoor ball play as he can become overly obsessed with the game.

He plays tug of war really well to get rid of some of his energy and we do this inside as well as out.

He needs weight management (still a little way to go since we got him) and has absolutely no issues around food aggression and happily shares with our other two dogs when treats are in play as part of his training. He is very food orientated.

Sherman travels in the car well and can easily jump in and out – he is very athletic. He has clearly learnt at some point how to open house doors with handles. Also he can be a bit naughty nicking food off the table if you don't have your wits about you. 

In summary, he is a fabulous, kind, gentle, food nicking dog who needs activity, an experienced owner, and lots of affection (chin tickles are top priority!) You will need to give him several (a minimum of 4) weeks to settle in with you and to be at home all day to get to know you and your routine to settle his anxiety. Once he's entrenched in your family and routine you will wonder how you ever did without him.

Sherman 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 cats, chickens or small furries.
  • A garden for him to potter (and zoom!) around.
  • An active family, as Sherman thoroughly enjoys his walks, and will need physical and mental stimulation.
  • A family willing to take on his weight management
  • Patience and time to spend with Sherman 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.


Sherman 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 Sherman'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.

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

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