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Old 03-13-2012, 07:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The more I find out about Bassets the more I start to think Molly is unusually small for an adult. She is a rescue, so I don't have very much information about her background. She only weighs 26 pounds, which is much less than what I read is the average, or what the weight of the girls some of you folks have. I thought she might need to put on some weight, but the vet says she is perfect. The vet thinks she is about 3 years old.

I would be interested to hear what some of you think.
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have the years of Basset experience that a lot of people on this board do, so they may be able to give you a better picture. However, to me, she looked healthy. I thought she might not have a lot of extra or loose skin, but that doesn't appear to be the case. Her waist is trim, and overall looks like a healthy girl.

My Millie for the longest time was about 30 pounds, and has just now gotten to 48 pounds and she is two.
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I was curious and asked almost the same thing a week or two ago (look for the "skinnies advice" thread if you want to read some of the things people posted.) My Fred is a rescue as well and had absolutely no information on him when I got him. All I knew was he was part of a puppy mill raid, had a long list of illnesses, approx 10 months old and weighed only 17 lbs. He is now almost a 3 year old male and is still only 35 lbs. I'm sure you were thinking like I was... "why is he/she so tiny? Aren't Bassets supposed to be big?" Everyone assured me here as long as the vet was happy than he was just fine. Once she settles in I'm sure she'll put on a little weight, but it's better for her health that she says on the slimmer side.

P.S. She's really cute and has a face you can't help but fall in love with!
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She is beautiful!
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My foster before our current foster was only 30 pounds and she was very small compared to my 50 pounds basset. She had been part of a backyard breeding program. I don't think smaller bassets tend to be the result of ethical breeding programs. Breed standard is generally heavier, I believe. However, I have read about Basset Artesian Normands that are supposed to be smaller (about 30 pounds). Not sure if that is a defunct variation of the breed now.
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For a while there were people breeding "miniature" Bassets that looked just like regular ones but much smaller. Thank goodness that fad seems to have died as far as I can tell as apparently most of them had serious structural and health issues. I only ever saw one, she was cute as all get out but with horribly crooked legs and blind from glaucoma.

Molly may be a remnant of that trend.
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She sounds positively adorable! (I'd love to have a little bitty petite hound!I think they're pretty unique-you sure don't see them very often) What a doll!
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She could just be a product of breeding smaller and smaller Bassets. Or the runt of one of those litters. But the face and paws yell Basset Hound to me. So adorable!
I would say just keep an eye on the bones and make sure the vet always checks her over in case, due to poor breeding resulting in a very small size, she ends up having bone issues.
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When Barney was 4 months old, a gentleman stopped by with his 11 year old basset.....Barney was quite a bit bigger which puzzled both of us....to be honest, it scared me. He's 55 pounds now at a year and keep thinking that if he was on the "tiny" side, I could move him out of the bed....She looks adorable though and as long as the vet's happy, I certainly would be too....
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In January, I adopted a female basset who is on the petite side at only 30 lbs. We know nothing of Biscuit's history, but she is healthy and active and can run circles around her brother who outweighs her by 20 lbs. She does have a front leg we are going to have to get a brace for.

As long as the vet isn't concerned, then I wouldn't be either. And kudos to you for also adopting a rescue!

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