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We appear to be be breeding two distinct and separate forms of hounds. While the breed standard was developed as the "ideal" physical specimen to preform the tasks the basset was bred for, many breeders of hunting
stock feel they know better. While their dogs do not conform to the breed standard they believe their dogs are more physically suited to the job. Or, in other cases, don't care one bit what the hound looks like, only that it can hunt. While many conformation breeders don't give a darn whether their dogs can hunt or not. Many believing the hunting instinct only gets in the way of showing the dog.

How do we expect to improve the breed when breeding for two separate and distinct traits instead of melding the traits into one superior dog. We are told by professional breeder the importance of showing the dog to prove it's worthyness as breeding stock. Very few conformation breeder prove their dogs in field trials or other hunting tests. The same can be said of field trialers who's dog never see a breed ring. If the purpose of field trial is to find more eligible breed candidates, the reason neutered and spayed dogs can not compete. Why are dogs that would
summarliy disqualified from the breed ring allowed to compete? In order to unify our goals in breeding better dogs, should a requirement for a CH be at least one point in a field trial and likewise should a FC require at least one point in conformation? Is the breed standard truely the physical "ideal"? Do the rules of field trials encourge breeding of dogs that do not meet the breed standard? Are our own rules hindering the improvement of the breed?

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The consensus is there is in general two different standard for bassets based on the venue they were bred to perform in. While strides have been made to improve the breed from disasterous results of over breeding in the late fifties and early 60's because of demand for puppies in large part because of their role in a couple of popular TV shows of that ERA. The question remain is this divide good for the breed? and if not what remedies are there to bring back a more universal standard. Is the breed standard and the way it is interpreted by judges causing breeders of show dogs to breed dogs the are less capable hunters? Are field trial rules skewed so it is no longer a true test of a dogs ablility as a hunter, but rather a skill and discipline onto itself? And would not a requirement of compentency in the opposite arena have the tendency of pulling the split
together. And to those showing their dogs and complaining a field test of their dogs would be unfair because of the distance they currently live from the nearest trial, do you not believe such a requirement would increase the number of dogs competing in field trials and the number of field trials and the number of locations trials are held?



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