IS A BASSET HOUND
THE RIGHT DOG FOR
YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?
Before making the decision to purchase
a Basset Hound, ask yourself the following questions.
1. If you have been accustomed to dogs with high energy levels, will you be happy
with the calm, even temperament of the Basset Hound?
2. Bassets do not make good jogging companions and are not the best dog
with which to have a game of catch. Will the Basset fit your lifestyle expectations?
3. Because of their
long ears, low-slung structure and hefty size, Bassets have special needs, including needing their ears cleaned 3 or 4 times
a month. Will you enjoy meeting these needs?
4. Because they possess a hunting instinct, Bassets tend
to roam and should be kept in a secure, fenced area. Are you able to provide this type of environment for
A single Basset may not do well when left alone for long periods. Will you have the time to give
your Basset a great deal of attention and affection?
6. The friendly, easy-going personality of the Basset makes him a poor
guard dog. Is this acceptable to you?
If you have answered yes to the above questions then a Basset Hound may be the
right dog for you.
HOW TO FIND A GOOD BASSET HOUND
The best place to obtain a well-bred Basset Hound is from a reputable breeder.
The key here is “reputable”. At all costs, avoid backyard breeders and puppy mills, who work
with poor quality bloodlines which may be genetically prone to a host of health problems. Backyard breeders
and puppy mills are only interested in making a quick buck, frequently advertising in local newspapers or selling entire litters
to pet stores for resale.
How to distinguish reputable breeders from
breeders and puppy mills
Ask many questions of prospective owners in order
to ensure their puppy is going to a good home.
Unless other arrangements are made, usually require that the pets
they sell be spayed or neutered.
Often compete with their Bassets in conformation,
obedience, agility, field trialing or tracking.
FINDING A REPUTABLE BREEDER
1. Contact the
Basset Hound Club of America, Inc., the American Kennel Club or a local Basset Hound breed club (refer to the useful addresses listed below) and request names of breeders in your area.
2. Attend dog shows and talk
to breeders, handlers and other owners who may be able to give you referrals on obtaining a puppy.
your veterinarian or people in your local dog club or training center if they know of reputable AKC Basset Hound breeders
in your area.
Content courtesy of BHCA