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Old 01-28-2013, 07:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all! We are about to get a new addition to our family, Sadie a six week old Basset puppy any words of advice or things I should know that are not common knowledge? Thanks all!New puppy-imageuploadedbypg-free1359376815.014883.jpg


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Old 01-28-2013, 07:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi and welcome to the forum,

your puppy looks so sweet, if you've read a lot of the threads on the forum you will realise that it just about covers everything to do with owning a basset. Oopps did I forget to mention that your basset will end up owning you!! Enjoy the ride!!.

Just to add that nobody on here is shocked by any basset behaviour so if you need any advice or have any question, there will always be a friendly and understanding reply.

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you! I will have better pictures in a couple of weeks, this one is from the owner as she is still too small to come home with me. Sadie is a little over four weeks now and will come home at 6 1/2 weeks.


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Congratulations on choosing the best breed in the world. If you can wait until AT LEAST 8 weeks, you will bring home a better socialized puppy. Is there a reason you must take the puppy at 6 weeks?
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how sweet!!! many congrats!!!


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What a sweet girl!
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Sadie is a doll! Congrats!!


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Old 01-29-2013, 07:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The man said the puppies are ready is all I know. It was an unintended pregnancy and I need to get her six week shots anyways so I said I would get her at six weeks. Is she going to be ok if I get her that early??


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Hey all! We are about to get a new addition to our family, Sadie a six week old Basset puppy any words of advice or things I should know that are not common knowledge? Thanks all!Attachment 5074
Yes - don't pick her up until she's at least 8 weeks!!! Basset puppies are sensitive creatures, and should stay with their siblings, even if mum is off the litter lby 6 weeks, for as long as possible. I know there are theories about 'fear periods' but I only let my puppies go home to people I knew, and who were experienced with the breed at 8 weeks even. I usually held onto mine until they were 10 weeks.

Sending a puppy home at 6 weeks, can be an indication of a less than responsible breeder. As long as you are dealing with somebody experienced, they shouild tell you all you need to know about your new puppy - and send you home with a diet sheet, small supply of the food they have been feeding (Basset digestive systems can be sensitive and an abrupt switch can lead to upset tummies). Also with a list of dos and don't - like not doing too much by way of organised exercise until at least 6 months. No jumping up and especially off furniture or down stairs (Basset fronts are fragile!).

Good luck - nothing like a Basset puppy for aaaahhh but they will test your patience, especially the males

Add It's not just about being able to eat solid food by 6 weeks, when it comes to weaning. Good breeders know how important it is to hold them back for another 2 weeks to make sure each puppy is established in his diet, and to know each puppy can survive as an individual without mum around. It's all part of the weaning process, and fact is it does help the new owners if the puppy is able to cope with moving away from everything familiar.

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Problem is a "breeder" ignorant enough to let the pups go at that age is also probably not going to put in the proper socializing even if they do keep them longer, so assuming the new owner is willing and able to do it then it might be better to get the pup out of the hands of this individual. That is, assuming one doesn't want to simply go to a better source ie a breeder that actually knows what they are doing and cares about the pups.

The buyer in this case is also not likely to be able to rely on the breeder for advice or support.
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