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Old 12-06-2012, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What exactly does a BONDED Pair mean?

Is it just two bassets that get along really well or is it something else?
I've been curious.

I have one Basset but I hear that two are actually less "trouble" than one.
If I get another one, will it be able to "Bond" with my boy (who is 3 now) or is this something that needed to start from early on.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know what that means, but I can tell you that a basset CAN bond with another dog. I don't have a second basset but a Jack Russell Terrier and they are the best of pals. My hound was 4 and the jack was 3 when they met. So I recommend a friend for yours.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I hope this helps:

Pair bond

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In biology, a pair bond is the strong affinity that develops in some species between a pair consisting of a male and female, or in some cases as a same-sex pairing, potentially leading to producing offspring and/or a life-long bond. Pair-bonding is a term coined in the 1940s[1] that is frequently used in sociobiology and evolutionary psychology circles. The term often implies either a lifelong socially monogamous relationship or a stage of mating interaction in socially monogamous species. It is sometimes used in reference to human relationships.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm a firm believer in having two dogs....don't have two bassets but a basset and a beagle...I'm lucky that they are best friends and play with each other all day and yes, for me, it's really much easier than having just one....but, having said that, if they don't get along, it can really be alot of extra stress all the way around. Mine were puppies. With a three year old, I think I would go to the humane society or rescue and foster one to try it out...give it alittle time and if it works, adopt. Bassets, as a rule, love companions, so really think you should get another one.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's generally taken to mean a pair of dogs that are so attached to each other that they suffer from separation anxiety when apart, so if up for adoption they need to go to the same home. I think it tends to be overused and many so-called "bonded pairs" could go to separate homes.
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I have Jake and Ellie. Jake is 13 YO, Ellie is 5 Mo. I would say they are "bonding" well. Neither "likes" it when the other goes somewhere without them, even a quick trip to the mail box. Jake was terribly close to both Sophie & Abby, but he did "ok" when they passed, but he is clearly much happier having a "sibling".

Personally, I believe pets need a "friend". Sophie in the beginning had a cat before Jake came along. Even if they aren't snuggle buddies, I think the mere presence of another animal is comforting. I will always have at least two animals of some sort (probably dogs since hubby is allergic to cats!). Of course, if I find myself on my own one day, I will most likely become the "crazy basset lady" with an cat or two thrown in!
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