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Old 03-21-2012, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have never owned a basset before. I have picked one out to buy though and I am soooo excited about it. He was born last Saturday and this is a picture of him. I was wondering what color he is going to be? I have never seen a basset this color. I am guessing it's just puppy fur and will change with time?
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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OMG, how small is he????? Congrats btw!
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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His color will change as he grows so right now is not a good indication of what he will be in 8 weeks ,my guess is brown and white.Please don't let them palm him off on you at 6 weeks of age no puppy is ready to be seperated that young from the mom and siblings.Yes they are weaned,but still too young ,8 weeks at the least, and mine stay till about 10 weeks.
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Thank you for the advise!!
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My breeder friend keeps pups until they are10 weeks of age and they get lots of sibling play time. Six weeks is far too young to be leaving the family! Their markings change quite a bit from birth until three months.
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I'd say he's a mahogany.
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a black mask mahogany


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Is that Soundtrack's Gabby as the long haired basset in that study?
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yep

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. Six weeks is far too young to be leaving the family
a studies on socialization of dogs do not support six weeks is to soon Puppy Socialisation and Habituation (Part 1) Why is it Necessary?
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Guide Dogs for the Blind, who, until 1956, used to rely on the donation of adult dogs which they took on approval to maintain their training stock. The success rate of these dogs fluctuated between 9 and 11 percent and it was recognised that this could be improved if the association could supervise the rearing of puppies. These were purchased and placed in private homes at between ten and twelve weeks old or even later. Things improved, but the results were not good enough. It was Derek Freeman, who pushed to have puppies placed in private homes at an earlier age to optimise socialisation and habituation during the critical development period. Derek had a strong belief in Scott and Fuller’s work and importance of early socialisation and habituation in the production of dogs that were best able to survive and perform in the world at large.
Derek found that six weeks was the best time to place puppies in private homes; any later critically reduced the time left before the puppies reached twelve weeks; but if puppies were removed from their dam and litter mates before six weeks they missed the opportunity to be properly socialised with their own kind, which resulted in inept interactions with other dogs in later life. The training success rate soared because of this policy, which was carried out in conjunction with the management of the gene pool via the breeding scheme Derek also pioneered. Annual success rates in excess of 75 percent became common
keep in mind Guide Dogs for the Blind have a strict socilization and habituation protocal and given the work that they do would prefer a dog biased toward human contact even at the expense of lossing some dog v dog skills.

Most reputible breeder will not sell a dog this young because if the socialization and habituation that the breeder does is not continued by the new owner severe developmental behavior issue can result. So it is generally in their best interest to keep a pup longer. not necessisarily in the pups or the new dogs owners best interest. It all depends on the skill, and ability and wherewithall of the new owner to continue with socialization and hibituation of the dog.

If you have not guesses that when the optimal time for a puppy to leave the litter is a pet peeve of mine and IMHO it is highly dependant on a lot of factors not the least of which is who is best able to carrier out the socialization the puppy needs. The breeder or new owner.

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Old 03-22-2012, 03:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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congrats, sooo cute when they are little .... sorry not really answer on ur question but, sooo cute
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