Basset Hound Club of America, Inc. (BHCA) is committed to improving quality of life for Basset Hounds and their owners by
helping Basset Hounds live longer, healthier lives. BHCA encourages a strong commitment to the reduction of genetic disorders
in Basset Hounds.
Hounds, in comparison to other breeds, are generally healthy dogs. However, like all other purebred dogs, Bassets can be affected
by certain genetic disorders. The structural ramifications of achondroplasia (dwarfism) are of considerable significance in
this breed. The more common genetic disorders reported in Basset Hounds include: glaucoma; thrombopathia; von Willebrand’s
disease; hypothyroidism; patellar luxation; hip dysplasia; and elbow dysplasia (osteochondritis dissecans, fragmented medial
coronoid process, ununited anconeal process). Temperament reflects genetic as well as environmental determinants. Poor temperament
is as debilitating as any serious genetic disorder.
BHCA encourages responsible breeding through screening for the more common genetic disorders
known to affect Basset Hounds. BHCA believes that the following tests yield useful information that may assist responsible
breeders in their selection of Basset Hounds to be used for breeding:
(examination of the iridocorneal angle of the eye for abnormalities which may predispose the eye to the development of
glaucoma) and eye examination, performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist, resulting in eligibility for Canine Eye
Registry Foundation (CERF) registration.
- Thrombopathia genetic testing is available through Dr. Mary Boudreaux's laboratory at Auburn
University College of Veterinary Medicine (see Health Issues section for referral form).
- von Willebrand’s
factor antigen testing.
- Thyroid testing, to include at least on full thyroid panel.
(x-rays) of hips and elbows with evaluation by a recognized registry, e.g. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), PennHip,
Institute for Genetic Disease Control in Animals (GDC), Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).
- Temperament evaluation,
as evidenced by Puppy Aptitude Testing or American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS) certification.
have a responsibility to research and understand genetics and common breed health problems. BHCA strongly discourages the
use in a breeding program of any Basset Hound known to be seriously affected by any genetic disorder. Breeders are strongly
encouraged to: (a) exchange screening results when planning matings; and (b) discuss breed health issues with puppy buyers,
providing full disclosure on puppies offered for sale.
Content Courtesy of BHCA