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Buying a Basset Hound puppy?

We are all entranced by those velvety long ears and puppy dogs eyes, but before you take the plunge, make sure you choose a reputable Breeder!

Do you want to add a puppy to your family but aren’t sure where to begin? Are you concerned about finding a breeder who is honest and responsible? Start by asking the right questions! Here is a list of questions you should have handy on your search

How long have you been breeding Basset Hounds and why?

Ideally, you want a breeder with several years’ experience and who knows the breed well. A reputable breeder will have clear goals that they are trying to meet in physical characteristic, temperament and health with their litters.

Do you have both the sire and dam?

Be wary of sellers who don’t have one or both parents on site as these are often agents working with puppy mills. Some breeders may use a stud from another breeder, but they should always be willing to provide those details including contact information.

What kind of health testing has been performed on the parents?

A reputable BH kennel will offer guarantees against genetic conditions such as Thrombopathia, Glaucoma, Von Willebrand’s disease and Heart disease. Find out what conditions the breeder has tested for and if they have any genetic issues they have dealt with in the past.

Is the puppy registered with a Kennel Club?

If you are looking for a pedigreed dog, or wish to show, the breeder should have registered the puppy with a kennel club and provide you with the documentation. It is illegal for the breeder to charge you more for registration papers if the dog is being sold as pedigreed. Also ensure you are dealing with reputable Kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club.

Some examples of bogus registries are (but not limited to);

NKC - National Kennel Club

ANDR - American National Dog Registry

UKC - Universal Kennel Club (do not confuse this with the legitimate United Kennel Club)

CRCS - Canine Regisration and Certification Services

DRA - Dog Registry of America

What do you do to socialize your puppies?

The first few weeks of development will lay the framework for their behavior in later life. Puppies should be exposed to people often and early, and should be exposed to as many sights, sounds and stimulus as the breeder can provide.

At what age will the puppy be ready to join my home?

No breeder should sell a puppy before 8 weeks, and it is illegal in many states. There are crucial boundaries and social skills that puppies learn from their littermates between 5 and 8 weeks. Failure to learn these skills often lead to behavioral issues later with other dogs and people. Run from a breeder who disregards this.

Will they have seen a vet before they leave?

Puppies need to be examined, dewormed and vaccinated before they leave for their new homes. Ideally they should be seen before six weeks and again at 8 weeks before being released to you. Ensure the breeder provides you with written vaccination and worming information from their vet.

What kind of guarantee do you offer?

Good breeders offer a well-considered heath guarantee on their pups. Be sure to look at the guarantee carefully. Many breeders will offer to exchange the puppy up to 2 years, but would you give back a family member? Probably not, which is why breeders offer this guarantee.

Can you provide me with references?

Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Good breeders will have a long list of people that they have stayed in contact with and will be happy to share some with you.

Does the breeder have a contract or place any caveats?

A good breeder will have a contract that will state the responsibilities of both parties. This may often include that you will take the pup to your vet within a reasonable period of time, that you will attend puppy classes, or that you will agree to not breed your dog. These would all be normal requests from a responsible breeder.

Can we ship a puppy?

There are legitimate times to ship a puppy. When you are looking for a particular line or characteristic, or perhaps you live in a remote area. But beware a breeder who offers up front to ship a puppy, particular in hot or cold seasons when it may not even be legal to ship a live animal. Unless you are experienced, leave shipping puppies to the experts and stick to local breeders.

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