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Old 01-09-2013, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 17 month old who's front legs look kind of "knock kneed" with her paws pointed outward and her 7 month old sister has "bowlegged" front legs.....which is normal for a Basset? I am not sure if you can see it in there picture.
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The one on the left (Chloe ?) Is the more normal/correct although she has excessive turn out in her left foot. Her right leg looks fine. The other one has straight legs, turned out left elbow, and probably straight shoulders and short upper arm. If you watch both of them move at a trot, you will probably see Phoebe waste a lot of energy by shifting from side to side.

They both look like they have flat feet. Sometimes walking on gravel/uneven ground can help with that.
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I hope I have done this right, but this is a front view of our UK Ch.Verulam Morgan le Fay (Imp.Canada) when she was about 2 years. Same bitch, stacked in my avatar.
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I hope I have done this right, but this is a front view of our UK Ch.Verulam Morgan le Fay (Imp.Canada) when she was about 2 years. Same bitch, stacked in my avatar.
I've been trying to find a good "front" picture that illustrates my point, but what's hard to see in the above picture is that the upper leg actually curves around the chest, which provides support and freedom of movement for short-legged breeds. The lower legs should come straight down from there and the feet should turn out "slightly".
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So it looks like Chloe (on the left) has legs more like a normal Basset...Phoebe bounces around like a bunny (her nickname is Tigger). She is very agile where Chloe lumbers more. I just hope it doesn't mean she will have issues with her joints as she gets older. They are different in many aspects but they just love each other and I just love them to death!!!!
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While most basset have conformationally incorect front end because they have the largest bone mass of any breed and the sort limb which limit the torque that can be put on joint the acutal have fewer issue than x-rays of the joint would indicate, if they were a different breed.
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Apart from the bone growth problems that can affect some hounds, either genetically, or from incorrect rearing, most front end faults stem from incorrect shoulder placement. If the shoulders are set too 'forward', then strain is put on the legs often causing 'knuckling over', bowing, too much turn out (there should be some) and so on. Breeding a Basset with a 'good front' is probably one of the biggest challenges confronting a Basset breeder. In the past, it was said that UK Bassets had the better front but poor rears, while American-bred Bassets had good rear ends, and often less good fronts. I hesitate to suggest that these days, it's the opposite!!

I'd not say my pictured Basset is 'perfect' (there is no such animal ) but used her as an example of one with probably the best front I've bred at any rate.

If you can get hold of a copy of The Basset Hound Illustrated Standard, published by the BHCA some years ago now, this has some good information on what is felt to be 'correct' in the breed.
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Here is one with a good front - straight and it comes from the shoulder wrapping around the body - and yes the feet point out ever so slightly.
But FM will complain about the haw ;-)
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Here is one with a good front - straight and it comes from the shoulder wrapping around the body - and yes the feet point out ever so slightly.
But FM will complain about the haw ;-)
Not saying a word about the haw - much as in this pic. it doesn't look THAT bad To be picky, I'd like her not to be quite that wide in front - although that could just be the way she's sitting in this photo? Much more would be revealed with her, on the move
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I've definitely seen worse haw. It looks like she's leaning to one side and putting all her weight on her left leg, which is probably why she looks a bit wide.
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