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Old 06-05-2013, 01:50 PM
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I think many know we've been long considering adding a new pup to the household. The wait has been so long for several reasons including wanting to make sure we get a dog the kids would enjoy and bond with as well as making sure the timing is as close to "right" as it will ever be.

Basically, I want a Boerboel. It will fit better in our family over a Fila, mainly due to my hubby just not feeling comfortable with a Fila (I think he has issues that Jazz, our previous rescued Fila, had issues with men and would bark at him like he was the enemy).

However, this has to be the boys' dog first and foremost. And while they like big/bigger dogs, it's quite obvious that Cole bonds better to small/smaller dogs. I don't know they "why" behind it, as he loves every dog he sees, but he definitely shows a preference. Whether it's driven by his sensory processing disorder or his own confidence, I'm not sure, but he'll get down on the floor/ground and allow a small/smaller dog to climb all over him or for him to love on it, but he seems to try and "love from a distance" on all other dogs.

But....I do NOT do small dogs. The only small breeds I really like are Cairn Terriers and Patterdales, and even so, a small dog is not ideal for this family. The boys are still young, and while they are being dog how to properly pet and handle a dog, they're still young children. Plus they're used to the most patient APBT ever, who actually seems to enjoy the occasional ear or tail pull (he's truly an attention ***** when it comes to the boys).

So, hubby and I brought up the one breed we've always "fantasized" about for many, many years, but never really thought more about other than to just love and laugh at: the Basset Hound. I've handled several at the clinic, so I know they aren't small dogs in the least. Heck, they weigh more than any of the APBTs ever did. Yet they are still shorter. And when we introduced Cole to one, he took to it like an otter to water. It was fun to watch.

Now we're having to go back to the beginning and start searching for reputable breeders of Basset Hounds. These dogs aren't exactly uncommon where we live, but they are of the backyard bred variety. There used to be a client who still hunted with them, but after a talk with a friend/vet at the clinic, he had a stroke and now lives in a nursing home. Even the "reputable" show breeder located just 15 minutes from me turns out dogs with extremely malformed legs (the elbows made me ). I came across a breeder online who had some really beautiful dogs, with straight legs might I add, but I haven't heard back from them.

Does anyone on here have experience with this breed? Could anyone point me in the right direction of a reputable owner/breeder with whom I could contact?

We're looking for a breeding occurring later in the year, as bringing home pup as close to Christmastime would be wonderful (yes, we want to do the whole "puppy for Christmas" thing. ). It looks like TB will still be around, as his condition isn't deteriorating like we expected it to (I'm doing lots of massage on the paralyzed side of his face and neck to help delay the tightening of the atrophied muscles), and I'm sure it helps that the boys are still keeping him on his toes with lots of playtime (I've had to stop the long walks, though, as he just can't handle more than a mile anymore).

Anyway, I would love some opinions and guidance, and anyone with Basset pictures to post would be an awesome person.
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:05 PM
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I don't have much advice, but I'm REALLY excited, especially if you get a puppy...I LOOOOVE bassett puppies.

Also, aren't bassett's legs not supposed to be "straight"? I know tons of byb bassetts have horrifically deformed looking legs and elbow/joint problems out the wazoo, but I also know straight legs are frowned upon as well...I'm not sure if you're talking about legs that are more to standard than actually "straight" or there is a reason to look for a straight-legged dog (maybe working dogs have straighter legs than confo dogs or something)? Someone with more experience can chime in, I'm curious to know exactly what sort of legs are desirable on a bassett.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:13 PM
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I meant that they were correct and not painful looking. This breeder shows AKC, but also does agility and obedience with some of the dogs. He/she also tests elbows, hips, and eyes (seems glaucoma is an inheritable issue in this breed?).

Since this is to be a pet, I don't have to have the cream of the crop. However, I'm not looking at a rescue at this time, because a) I want a young puppy to start from scratch with and b) I really want to eliminate (or come as close as possible to) such issues that will result in surgeries or a modified lifestyle that would result in the boys not having a dog they are able to run and play with. I've spent the last 11 years owning dogs that needed medical intervention a d care due to musculoskeletal issues as a result of their breeding. While I will always do what needs to be done for my dogs, I would just like to go the reputable breeder route to try and reduce the incidence of having another "special needs" animal. Does that make sense?
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:20 PM
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Oh, and we already have a name picked out. There's a long, and humorous, story behind it, but our future Basset will be a male named.....Fred.
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There's a pretty active Basset forum (basset.net) and they might be able to help you more with a breeder.

A friend of mine got a basset pup from a "bargain bin" at a feed store and he turned into the best looking basset I've ever seen. He can run for miles and is just awesome. If bassets were still bred like that I would TOTALLY own one.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:30 PM
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There's a pretty active Basset forum (basset.net) and they might be able to help you more with a breeder.

A friend of mine got a basset pup from a "bargain bin" at a feed store and he turned into the best looking basset I've ever seen. He can run for miles and is just awesome. If bassets were still bred like that I would TOTALLY own one.
Thanks! Looks like I get to join a new forum!

And I know you can get lucky like that, but I manage to get all the defunct rescues (not that I would ever go back and change a thing, though ). Most if the ones I see around here and feet that point east and west.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:05 PM
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My mom had one for the longest time. I am not sure what her background was.

They are charming dogs. They are also hardheaded or at least my mom's girly was.

Some of the showbred dogs have a tendency to have lots of skin and folds...which can cause health issues. Beware of eye lids that hang so far away from the lower eye that you can see all the red parts for example.

A bit of droopiness is fine...but a dog that looks like he is made of melted wax makes me sad.

Good luck and I am looking forward to lots of pictures of a ridiculously cute puppy!
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I googled working basset hound. Wow!!!!

I want one!!!! They're stunning. And a lot of sites for working bassets came up (here).

Look at these: http://www.albanybassets.co.uk/gallery1.php

And Fred is the perfect name for a floppy eared dog
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We have an extremely active basset at work, he has wonky legs but otherwise seems healthy.

I HATE his bay. It's part of everything he does though.

He has never met a stranger, dog or human, he's sweet and fun. He is hard to train though somewhat because he is hard to motivate.
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I love basset hounds a lot. They are awesome and full of personality!
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