Fred is our 5-year old Basset Hound. We were lucky enough to get Fred at 2-years old from a cousin who could no longer take care of him.
Right from the start, he's been the most gentle, good-natured, well-behaved dog we have ever had the pleasure of owning. He doesn't bark (except when he wants you to play the "chase" game with him) and he doesn't lick or jump.
He loves our cats and our kids and anybody else who comes by. Most of the time he's sleeping on the couch, but will get up (most of the time) to greet whoever is coming in the door.
He doesn't beg for food (we don't give him table food) and he loves going for a ride in the car. He does shed A LOT, but we feel it's a small price to pay for such a great dog!
Fred doesn't like the sound of the gardeners when they come to mow the lawn, and will shake and cry at the door until he's let in the house.
We discovered early on that he's also afraid of dog doors but for us it's okay - if we had a dog door, our indoor cats would surely get out while Fred stayed inside.