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A curious basset hound owner. You input please.

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As a first time basset hound owner I was wondering if my basset would turn out like this one. Here are two videos 1. 2.

When we bought Charlie, the above video is how I had visioned him to turn out when he got older. Charlie is now 7 mo. old and im still wondering if he will turn out like the one in the video. Any insight on this would be great, as I dont really know what to expect. To me, Charlie does seem small for his age (7 mo. old @ 27 lbs) is this about normal? or is he a runt? :p Here is my dog Charlies photos.

Does Charlie have the "loose skin" of an average basset hound or less? Do bassets get more wrinkles as they get older? Do bassets features develope alot more as they grow?

So many questions I know, but the answers would really be appreciated!!


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. Dogs like that are born with tons of loose skin. You don't see a lot of pet bassets like that. (That dog was stunning, but that street noise would drive me insane!) Your puppy is absolutely adorable, and he will be beautiful when he's grown.[/b]

It also was a bit overweight where charlie is not. also keep in mind charlie is an "adolescent" they grow in spurt and not uniformly. There are may who for a time that have legs too long or two narrow of a body that fillout into show quality dogs and then there are ones that don't and even the best of breeds can not be 100% sure how a puppy will turn out.

My harrier for example was kept by the breeder because he was the shorter heaver puppy in the litter. Nearly half the litter went on to become champions but Fischer grew a bit too tall and is at the bottom end of the weight scale. He eventully filled out a bit more but it wast not until he was nearly five and he is still on the light end of the scale while being a fraction too tall.
Check out this old thread on Cyberhound and if you do a search on here you might come up with some more information.[/b]
Basset Artesian normand are a rare breed in the USA . It is highly unlikely that unless obtain specifical from a breed that a dog resembling one in fact is. Keep in mind Basset artesian normand figured signifcantly in the developmental phase of the basset hound breed. Breeders with less regard for maintaining conformation standards will often end up with dogs/puppiess that resemble artesian normands. sort of a through back as it were in the basset genetics. This however does not make the dog an artesian normand. Whether the dog is an artesian normand or a basset hound does not effect the value of the dog as a pet which is alway priceless.

This is a common phenonnom in another breed I own where many people assume the hound they got is a Harrier which is again on of the least bred dog in the use averaging around 30 puppies a ear rather than the more obvious. beagle mix, over size beagle, or walking tree coonhound
seeSo you think you have a Harrier? while not directly a comparesion between a less than show quality basset hound and a artesian normand many of the same comparison still hold true .

Basset Artesien Normand Dog
After WWII, the Basset Artesien Normand breed was reduced to very few pure specimens, but several dedicated breeders, especially Leparoux de Combree des Maine et Loire, saved the Artesian Norman Basset from extinction.[/b]
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Mikey - this is a bit off topic - but what makes the Harrier so sought after, other than it's rarity?

Does it do better in hunting etc. than some of the other hound groups? The link you gave to the Harrier Club shows some really beuatiful pics of them.

But, I'm still addicted to my bassts![/b]

First if they were sought after they would not be rare, demand drives the market place when it comes to purebred hounds. There is like one pack in the US and a few more in England, there are definately more Foxhound and beagle packs in England,

The harrier is supose to have the same conformation as a beagle and an english Foxhound just inbetween in size so they are "more versitile" can be hunted from both foot and horseback, and they are better on faster hare out west than the slower beagle. Aslo generally the harrier is hunt of horse back and not on foot. That said be cause they are more versitile they are not as good at either partcular style hence the higher popularity of the Foxhound and beagle in Egland, Over here the English foxhound and harrier hover around the same poularity the thiner and shorter American Foxhound is way more popular than both in this country.

FWIW I paid basical the same amount not counting the air fare for the harrier as I would for a rescue basset. granted he was a older breeder left over but harrier contrary to the impressing of site I linked to do not carry a high price tag.
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