The male looks like a puppy himself, the female appears to have orthopedic issues in the front end. Neither is what I would consider breeding quality. I would recommend looking elsewhere, based on those pictures.
I agree with the previous post about looking elsewhere the pups may look great now. But chances are they will turn out to look alot like the parents. I have found with my litters that you end up with more undesirable features then desireable ones if there is a parent with very undesireable features.
The orthropedic problem that another post sugested on the mothers front end. Well her legs are extremely strange looking and her feet were very small. Again this may be just the way the pic came out. When I look for a basset I look for really long ears huge feet and a deep wide chest. You could ask the breeder some questions about the dogs as far as how do they compare to the breed standard, meaning ear length, hieght, weight ect. I perfer for a basset to have four white feet a white tiped tail and a stripe up there nose. That is just my personal preference. I have heard it suggested that those things are a sign of good breeding.
Color and markings are totally unimportant and not an indicatio of the quality of the breeding. They are purely a matter of preference.
The orthopedic problem and general lack of quality are of more concern. Bone/structure problemd can be passed to the pups, and can result in various problems like early arthritis, lameness, lack of stamina, even growth problems requiring corrective surgery. The lack of quality of the parents, combined with the ridiculously low price, indicates a breeder that either does not know what they are doing or does not care - either way corners have been cut, steps have been missed, and you are increasing your chances of ending up with a puppy with problems whose breeder has no further interest once they have the cash in hand. How much does a puppy cost? Purchase price, adoption fees, discounts, expensive puppies, cheap puppies, and a bunch of other words. | Ruffly Speaking
I think the dogs are adorable. Charlie does have that orthopedic problem. The vet said it may pose to be a problem later on.. but unless it bothers her we shouldn't worry about it.
I agree with what they are saying.. you do see the parents and the potential health risks, but you will just have to decide for yourself! Charlie's front leg being bowed out was noticable early on.. others didn't notice it, but I could probably tell at a few months that she would have a leg that could almost turn outward.. like she was double jointed!
As far as the breeders, they are a small one who seems very nice and i doubt are cutting corners. It seems to be more of a hobby.
Hope to hear from some more people...more opinions the better. This will be my first dog and I'm really excited.
You have been warned. What you do is up to you but $250.00 will not be such a bargain if you must spend thousands to correct his/her legs or even get an unhealthy puppy from these people. These dogs do not like the way a basset is suppose to look as in past posts on this site. All puppies are cute but for the most part they will usually resemble the parents and in my mind these dogs should not reproduce.
Look at the picture what would be the knee area see the bowing? I will tell you many years ago when I didn't know any better I had bought from a nice breeder think it was $100.00 back then. Well he had severe joint issues and his bones grew too fast for the cartilage to keep up. I will tell you right now you will spend a h*** of a lot more in vet bills then you would spend going to a reputable breeder and getting a quality basset. The way our house was set up it was steps everywhere, and by the time he was 4 he started struggling on steps, it got worse over that year and he started falling down the steps. We tried blocking him off he howled for hours especially when we went to bed. We tried selling our house no go, so we were forced to surrender him to a rescue and it was horrible. I did it for his own good, helped pick the new owner and kept in touch with her until he passed years later. I would have much rather spent 500- 1000 for one then go through that again. I now have a rescued 4 year old who suffered from severe abuse and a 10 month old puppy, I paid triple the price you are looking at and I did in fact drive 10 hours to get mine (the breeder knocked 250 off his price because we were driving so far to get her, he was getting ready to have heart surgery and had 2 to sell and wanted them gone before his surgery) I did it to find a Euro blood line though I wanted a certain look and she is indeed a gorgeous girl.
Ten hours are you sure? Where do you live and where are you looking for breeders at? I would seriously recommend you wait a few months and save up the money as opposed of buying from a "nice" breeder who doesn't know what they are doing. You really should take the advice already given to you, instead of asking for more opinions, these people are long time dog owners and know what they are talking about.
I agree with what everyone else is saying. Take your time to find a good, responsible breeder. The amount of money you are going to pay for that pup now is nothing compared to what you may end up paying in the future for health problems.
We had a number of breeders in our state but none fit my criteria for a great breeder and l live in one of the biggest puppy mill states in the country so I decided to go out of state for my pup. Ten hour drive to get him, twelve hour drive to get back home due to some traffic problems but he was worth every mile and every penny.
Remember this is a dog that will hopefully be with you for at least ten-twelve years, more if you're lucky so don't make a decision you will regret.
Where are you located? Maybe someone can help you find a good breeder where you live.
Also, take a look at the link Betsy Iole posted in the FAQ part of this board for finding a good breeder.
Not trying to offend anyone Boopus, thanks for you opinion.
Just going on the fact that all dogs need a good home and champion bloodline is of no importance to me. I also think some of the issues suggested may be just a bad picture. Thats why I'm asking for as many opinions as i can get.
What do you all think of the pups...they sure are cute, huh?
And, I live in the Colorado rockies. All i could find as far as breeders were in Kansas about 600 miles away.