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I saw that episode on Animal Planet the other weekend. They had a segment on the Boston Terrier and I thought how much I'd like one of those. Then the Basset segment (and Winston's close attention to the show) reminded me why I love Bassets so much.
 

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My cat was mesmerized by that video. Usually he goes nuts when he hears sound coming from my computer, and he runs over to Lightning to hump him. But during this entire video he didn't move a muscle, just sat with his chin resting on the keyboard and gazing at the screen. Maybe he thought it was kitty porn. He's strange.
 

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Relatively low shedding? O. M. G!!! I'd hate to see a high shedding dog? Cousin It? Sasquatch?
Harley has the coat of a Corgi. You have not seen shedding until you have seen the path of a white Corgi.

I can't even describe the ridiculousness of his hair, but I will say in comparison I don't even notice Anabelle shedding. When Harley is in shedding season you can literally grab thick clumps of hair as big around as a couple of thumbs with no effort.
 

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This is great! Thank you for posting. I didn't know about the white tip tail- pretty interesting. Even though we all know about the stubbornness, it's nice to see it confirmed by the dog world.

Low shedding my @ss! Tell that to my vacuum.
 

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I didn't know about the white tip tail- pretty interesting
Interesting but not true. Any marking in a basset are acceptable. If a white tipped tail were considered important then it would be part of the breed standard but it is not. There are plenty of bassets that do not have any white on the tail Heck I even owned one.


Secondly there are claims it is specifically bred for which is not true as well. You will notice in all dogs with white markings general refferred to as irish-spotting occurs in specific always effecting the tip of the tail, muzzle feet, belly and chest. Have any idea why this is? The fact are actual more interesting than the story. When the dog or any mammal is still a young fetus pigment cells are created at nueral crest cites along the spine there are a number of these site evenual these cells migrate through pathways to where they eventual end up. Those areas that remain white, well lo and behold if they are not the areas of the body furthest from the nueral crest cites making it lees likely for pigment cell to reach. Of course there is genetics involvec that effect how many pigment cell speed of migration etc but environment plays a roll too. clones or identical twins that is dog with the same exact genes can have total different marking based on things like uterine temperature .


From the Crest to the Periphery:
Control of Pigment Cell Migration and​
Lineage Segregation


Coat (dog)
Coat colours in dogs were not likely initially selected for by humans but were probably the inadvertent outcome of some other selection process (i.e. selection for tameness).[1] Research has found that tameness brings associated physical changes, including coat colouring and patterning.[2]
The white tip tail in hunting hound is quite simply a meme much like " dogs are hierarchal pack animal much like their ansester the grey wolf"
Why Won't Dominance Die?
It is easy to see why trainers and owners alike are fond of the concepts of “pack” and “dominance” in relation to pet dogs. A pack means we’re all part of the same gang. “Dominance” explains our respective positions in that pack. We live in a pack with our pet dogs and they either dominate us or we dominate them. To be at the top of the pack with total dominance would make you the “alpha”, with all the esteem that entails, therefore dogs will strive for dominance unless you beat them to it. It’s a neat explanation.
Except that none of it actually bears scientific scrutiny. Prof Richard Dawkins described self replicating ideas as “memes”(1) that live in our minds and pass from one to another through no reason other than their popularity, or catchiness

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This meme originated in the “dogs are wolves” theory in the late 1960s. It was spawned in the pond of genetics from the premise that if a dog is the same species as the wolf they must behave identically. The perceived wisdom at the time, emanating from L. David Mech’s book, The Wolf: Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species(2), was that wolves pack and dominate each other, therefore dogs must also pack and dominate each other. The theories of wolf and dog “dominance” and the “alpha” firmly entered the imagination of not only the public, but also the scientific community. As a police dog handler in the 1980s I regularly tried to “dominate” my dogs using the best available scientific model.
However, as science advances our viewpoint changes and in Mech’s case, as he points out in his 2008 article Whatever Happened to the Term Alpha Wolf?(3) more rigorous examination of wild living wolves revealed that their social behaviour was centred on the family unit, built around cohesion and co-operation, not conflict. A fight for pack dominance would mean striving to displace one parent in order to mate with the other.

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At the same time, studies of the domestic dog have also moved on. It has been well established that the social behaviour of the domestic dog is unlike that of the wolf. The domestic dog is a neotonised version of the wolf-type ancestor, a specialised variant that evolved into a newly formed environmental niche to scavenge the domestic waste of human settlements. These adaptations removed the need to operate as a true wolf pack and consequently there is little collaboration in hunting or in care of offspring, but much more cooperation with strangers, dog or human. Although dogs congregate in groups around resources, they do not form packs in the cohesive family way that wolves still do.
Much of "common knowledge" is actual meme and are not actual correct.
 

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Good video, but I don't think the people in the video knew what they were talking about in some aspects.

I also take exception to calling them "dopey".

And the low shedding, as soon as I can pick myself up off the floor after laughing...
 

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Mikey, it's funny, growing up with beagles, and now having my basset, I actually have heard all my life that the tail tip was white because of breeding it into them for sighting them! I'm glad it's not a breed standard though. Someday i might be able to get a good quailty (healthy) basset for show, but for now i just have my ol' genetic mishap to love *lol*
 

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thanks Mikey, I was also under the misconception that the white tip was breed standard....Woody has about five hairs on the very tip that are.....have to look for them....
 

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This video also explains why my deep barking Woody will make that higher pitch yelp bark when he is running with the kids...it's his hunting pack warhoop....lol I thought it was just because he was slower then them
 

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Hey, I's not stubborn....I just like what I like when I like it....or if it I want what I want when I want it.....:D

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Woody Hayes
 

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Anabelle is definitely stubborn. She does things on her own time.
 
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