what dog do you think would be better… Doberman, basset hound, coon hound or chow?


I am thinking about getting one of these dogs, I am just asking opinions about the breed, I know to research the dog a lot before getting one….. And I love the looks of all these and they seem like they would all fit me well. so if you could include pros and cons that would be great to…. I walk a lot and go to my parent every weekend and they have a huge fenced in field they could full out run in once a week… and the hound dogs wouldn’t get out cause my parents made it bomb proof (Like the horse fence with like squares he couldn’t even fit his paw in… and it is buried 3 feet under ground so they can’t dig out and is 5 1/2 feet high so they can’t jump over) But I would watch them like a hawk just in case 🙂

So they would get plenty of exercise, I am also willing to do puppy obedience classes and stuff. also which dog if you saw walking down the street would you be more like "wow look at that dog!" cause I think they are all beautiful!

Please don’t say research the breed as I already have I just want your guys advise…. Thanks to all the answers!

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16 Responses to “what dog do you think would be better… Doberman, basset hound, coon hound or chow?”

  1. Rachel Turner says:

    I would have to say the Doberman Pinscher would be the best dog!!! Good luck with your new dog!

  2. BMTHESPIAN says:

    4 very different breeds that would do best in 4 very different homes. The chances of all 4 being a good match for you is close to zero. Sorry but you need to go back and do some more research. Don’t pick my dog to make others go "wow", that’s a horrible reason to chose a breed.

  3. Mama 2 a Rockstarr says:

    I own a basset. And though I said is never own a hound, I’m in awe of her. She’s very energetic when outside and plays in the house, but she also doesn’t have a problem curling up by me, burrowing under my blanket and chillin out with me. I haven’t had any ear issues or back orbs, but I have her on a strict diet, walk her daily, and clean her ears daily. She doesn’t bark much, but isn’t a fierce dog either, which is a down fall, if someone were to break in shed be best friends with em and let em take whatever they wanted. LOL

  4. My Faded Dreams says:

    My Husband and I have a doberman and they are really great dogs, but like any other breed, not for everyone. This dog could be right for you if:
    -you are willing to give it lots of exercise. Dobies are very active and can become very destructive and uncontrolable when bored
    -you can dedicate a lot of time to the dog. They love their people and need to be around them as much as possible. A doberman left alone for long periods of time, days at a time, will not be a very happy dog.
    -you are willing to have a dog that will not accept strangers easily, even if they are your friends or family. Dobermans, by nature, are wary of people. This is what makes them good guard dogs, but accept the fact that they probably won’t want to get all buddy-buddy with your family or friends who visit you.
    -you can be a strong leader. Dobermans have dominant personalities, so its important that you are able to teach the dog from the start that you are the alpha and you expect the dog to listen to you.
    -you have considered the costs of owning the dog and are willing to accept them. Dobermans have several health problems and the likelihood of this happening to your dog can be reduced by buying a pup from a good breeder, but some things can’t be completely eliminated. Also, they are big dogs which means they’re going to eat more, and the cost adds up. One last thing you have to consider is that some home insurance companies do not cover dobermans. My husband and I have a rental policy and dobermans are one of the breeds the policy will not cover. It might not be a big deal to you, but its something to think about.

    Dobermans are great dogs overall, in my oppinion. They are very smart and pretty easy to train because they like to please their owner. I like how they get very attached to their owners. It makes them good family pets. And of course, they’re just beautiful dogs. Good luck in your decision-making!

  5. Sarra says:

    Basset Hounds, they are scent hounds. They can NOT be walked with out a leash, and when training or asking them to do something (like sit) is really hard unless there is a treat or other reward. They tend to forget pretty much unless you have a toy or treat in your hand. They are also EXTREMELY vocal. They will howl or bark at just about anything and everything such as, for attention, animals/people, begging for food/treats, and when something is wrong. Since they have long ears they are prone to ear disease. They also can have lots of eye problems so cleaning around the eye everyday is a must. Also wipe around their mouth as they tend to drool and it causes problems as well. Also VERY lazy so lots of daily exercise and a healthy diet is a must. They are great with kids and they can be used for hunting so that’s a plus. Though very few of this breed actually do what it was bred for anymore.
    Dobs are energetic, and very intelligent. Your dog may be feared by some as they were once known for aggression. They are very obedient and protective. Make excellent guard dogs and really protect the ones they love, and are real sociable dogs towards people and some animals, and may show aggression towards strangers so beware of that. They are gentle, loving, Intelligent and loyal dogs. However they suffer from lots of health problems as well, and a lot of them being very serious.
    Chows are very loyal and tend to be extremely close to their owners. not being experienced with many dogs or this breed you need to really watch how this dog is around strangers. Also check to see if your insurance will cover this breed because you may need/want that and some will not cover this breed of dog. Chows don’t need too much exercise, however they do need a walk, and time to run in a fenced yard. They also tend to be independent. As for health problems they tend to suffer from dysplasia, and a few other big health problems too.
    Coonhounds, could you be more specific? What type of coonhound as there are several different ones? You have Black and Tan, English, Redbone, Bluetick, Plott and Treeing Walker. Coonhounds are scent hounds, and are best suited to a fenced yard, kennel, or as an indoor pet, as their strong sensing abilities can lead them astray. They are for an experienced dog owner. They usually have excellent health. However, due to their long floppy ears ear infections can occur. They are generally even tempered, outgoing and friendly. Coonhounds are very sensitive. Also they are very expressive, if you have hurt their feelings they look absolutely miserable. Coonhounds mature slower than most breeds. If not left in a securely fenced yard their noses will lead them astray. Coonhounds do not make good off leash dogs unless they are extremely well trained. They were bred to be pack animals, this means if they are left alone for long periods of time they will typically develop problem behavior such as fence climbing, chewing, digging, or barking. This breed, although smart, can be stubborn to train. Conventional training does not work with coonhounds. Spanking a coonhound can damage their trust and they can easily become shy and frightened. The ideal coonhound owner should be patient and committed to giving them the attention and training they require. Many coonhound owners have found themselves overwhelmed and unprepared for the time and attention this breed requires. People that work long hours or are away from their home for extended periods of time should not own a coonhound. Coonhounds are pack animals and leaving them isolated for long periods of time is cruel. Many coonhounds do have a strong prey drive. If you have cats or other small animals a coonhound may not be the dog for you unless it has been raised with them. Coonhounds can have loud voices and are not typically suited for apartments, condominium or city living. They are GREAT family pets, BUT Coonhounds have a reputation for being stupid and difficult to train. Training a coonhound is not hard if you go about it the right way. Most coonhounds are very food oriented and will do almost anything for a dog cookie. Due to their affectionate, social personality, if you don’t train your hound you will have created a monster (jumping up or putting their noses into inappropriate places).
    In my opinion none of these dogs would work for you. They would be recomended for experience dog owners. Nothing against you though. You may love the breed and find them attractive, but those are no reasons to get one. If you do get a pure breed make sure you find a good breeder. My suggestion to you would be check out a shelter dog.
    Hopes this helps!

  6. Dog Section Regular says:

    The only dogs you listed that will be fine with the minimal exercise you said the dog will get are the Basset Hound and the Chow.

    The Doberman and Coonhound will need LOTS of exercise, and a JOB. They are not couch potatoes, especially the Coon. Coon’s will need a job, and be secured indoors, or else they will roam and hunt.

    5 1/2 feet high – ANY dog can jump that. That is not adequate.

    If you had already done your research, you wouldn’t be asking these questions. You’d already know a Doberman and Coonhound are not for you. A Chow needs an EXPERIENCED owner. At this point, I’d say go with a Basset, but be aware of the health risks, and training obstacles you will come across with this breed.

  7. Jenny Manyteeth says:

    Honestly, the personalities of the four breeds are all so different that I cannot imagine that this is your short list.

    Doberman Pinschers are guard dogs.
    Bassets are rabbit hounds.
    Coonhounds are trailers and treers.
    Chows are crotchety guard dogs in thick winter coats.

    Trainability: Doberman, Chow, Coonhound, Basset (even housebreaking is a challenge for Bassets).
    Chows are a bear to groom.
    Dobe and Coonhound will enjoy the running. The Chow will lie on the porch and sneer at the idea. The Basset will pick up a rabbit scent and go deaf trailing it. You’ll have to go get him to go home.

    I grew up with a Beagle and swore I would never again be masochistic enough to own a scenthound again. They are hard to housebreak and generally only work for food. When the treats disappear, so does the dog. They’re VERY smart, but they are NOT very trainable.

    Chows are smart and trainable, but they are generally not friendly to anyone but their own person. Dobermans can be one-man-dogs, too, though they are more friendly now than they used to be. Both Dobes and Chows are guard dogs who will attack when they believe you are in danger; they are not afraid of anything and will go after bears as readily as burglars.

    Pick the one you think matches your life style.

  8. *julie*-->away<-- says:

    They are all great breeds, but VERY different from eachother so you should narrow down your search a little more
    Doberman- Deffinately look for a good breeder because they tend to have many genetic health and temperment problems. You should also find a good trainer who has experience with this breed. They are very intelligent and learn very fast.They are my favorite dog based on looks and personality
    Basset hound-Prone to back problems, tend to bark more than other dogs(most hounds do, but can be taught not to. They are adorable and have funny personalities
    Coon hound-Very intelligent … I don’t know much about them though so I can’t say much
    Chow-Many have been known to be very animal aggressive and wary of strangers. Just like a doberman,You definately need to work with an experienced trainer for this breed. ALOT of fur, but they are adorable and many are great with people

  9. Ashley says:

    Dobermans are WONDERFUL dogs. I grew up with one and he is still around. Lives with my mom. Basset hounds are little cuties and are very friendly. Coon hounds are VERY SMART dogs and will be easy to train. And if at all possible…stay away from chows. Never had a good experience with them. Very agressive. Another dog…don’t know if you would be interested but a dog that I would say WOW to is a Husky

  10. phil_addoms says:

    I like short haired dogs, easy to bathe easy to sweep up after not so much shedding.so a chow is out. Basset hounds are cool because they have that "look", Dobermans are good dogs but not too bright. coon hound will always want to hunt something.

  11. S says:

    I say do the chow because they are just so cute!!!!!!!! I wouldn’t get a basset hound because they get a lot of ear infections and everything so it would be a lot. My experiances with doberman haven’t been good because sometimes they can be very aggresive, but then again all dogs can be.

    So I would go with the chow because they are to cutest to me and if I saw you walking one down my street I would be tempted to ask to pet it.

  12. vixen says:

    Wow, such a diverse group. Since you have researched the breeds, which breed fits your lifestyle the best? I would say not the Chow, because his coat would probably be hard to keep clean when he runs through the field. Also, not the Basset Hound because he would not want to do a lot of running. I think the Doberman would be the best fit for you if you want to go for the "wow look at that dog" breed. Be sure to take him to the obedience classes.

  13. marci knows best says:

    These dog breeds are totally different in personality, train-ability and just about everything else. Getting a dog breed because you think it looks cool is about the worse reason to pick a breed. Getting any of these dogs from a back yard breeder can be very problematic so be sure you are going ot a reputable hobby/show breeder.

    Take this quiz from Animal Planet to see what dog breed would fit into your lifestyle.

  14. Jerry says:

    First off, even if you have a big yard you STILL have to walk your dog regularly! Are you a first time dog owner? If so, go with the coonhound. Dobermans take A LOT of time, Bassets have health problems, and Chows are very hard to train. Coonhounds are exptremely responsive, but DO require a lot of exercise. AT LEAST a 2 hours of walks. I suggest a 1 hour walk in the morning and another 1 hour walk in the evening. Good luck.

  15. Most interesting man alive says:

    coon hounds are dumb as hell… niehgbors got one and its the dumbest dog i ever seen. lol

  16. aprilone says:

    Coon hounds are bred to be hunting dogs, and do not generally make the best pets. I knew a top show coon hound breeder who said the same thing.

    Chows do not always have the best dispositions or trainability. You would need to thoroughly check the breeder’s reputation, but these are not generally as trainable nor as good as pets.

    Bassett hounds were also bred for hunting, but have been used more and more for pets. Still you would deal with at least some of the hunting dog mentality.

    It sounds like a Doberman might be a good match for you. They are generally very trainable, adnmany do well in the obedience show ring. To me, a healthy dobie is a WOW kind of dog especially when I see one that is alert and responsive and mannerly. Some of them like to try to escape because they are higher energy dogs and want to run.

    I think you have a good plan for your dog with the fenced field and obedience classes…don’t overlook the AKC Star Puppy program and Canine Good Citizen! Have fun!

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