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My boyfriend and I are hoping to be adopting a rescue Basset by spring. We're not in any particular hurry, but we're making plans, filling out adoption applications, etc. At the moment we have two dogs, Sport LeBob, a 13 year old Shepherd/something mix that seems to be going senile and becoming incontinent, and GingerSnap Dragon, a 3 year old bundle of energy in the form of a "Miniature" Dachshund that didn't realize minis stop growing at 11 pounds. (she weighs 13.5 LOL) I also have pet rats, which are in a room with a baby gate permanently across the doorway to keep the dogs out.

One thing I'm trying to learn is about the general health of Basset Hounds. I'm well aware that the long body/ short leg combo can lead to serious spine problems. That was one of the first things I read up on when I got my Dachshund. In the event that she ever "goes down" I already know a lot of the treatment options and therapy techniques, which I'm sure could be fairly easily adapted for the larger Basset.

Are there any other ailments that are fairly common to Basset Hounds? Eye/ear problems? Heart troubles? Joint problems? None of these would be a deterrent from adopting one, just things I want to know about the potential of in advance.

A few of my co-workers keep saying, "Well, Bassets are noisy!" I say, I already have a Dachshund...same noises, higher pitch, and she thinks the wind is a demon monster coming to eat her. The Shepherd seems to be part wolf...he howls to "talk" to me. He howls when he's lonely, or bored, and he howls when he's excited. Oddly, no one in the neighborhood ever hears them. I suspect we can handle a hound singing too.

I feed my dogs Avoderm now, was feeding Taste of the Wild but the Shepherd stopped eating it. Is there anything in particular I should know about Bassets' dietary needs? I try to feed high-quality foods, my brother says I'm a dog food snob. I say, my dogs don't get ear infections AT ALL, while his get them every two months, and mine have soft, shiny coats, while his Golden Retrievers are not fluffy or shiny...so yeah, I'll be a snob. :p

Cameron (my boyfriend) and I decided we want a Basset because every one we've ever met has been a sweet, lovable dog that makes you believe you're its bestest friend EVER!!! even when you know you only met it like, a minute ago. Not to mention I just like hounds, anyway. I like dogs that can think for themselves, even if it means commands are a hundred times harder to teach, because they want to know WHY. (Dachshunds don't "down." They're already only an inch above the floor, isn't that close enough, already? and somehow we still finished obedience training when even the instructor couldn't get her to do it...)

Anyway, this post is probably getting long and kind of pointless. I just wanted to say hello and get started reading through all the older threads to see what I can learn.

Elisa
 

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I'm so glad you want to adopt a rescue basset. Mine has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. Our rescue basset's biggest health problems are her ears and her teeth. She had 8 teeth removed already and has constant ear infections. She had other health problems but they were because of her use as a breeder. I'm not sure what the norm is but that is our experience.
 

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Good decision to get a basset, you sound like just the sort of person who should have one. Able to accept the possible noise? check! Comfortable with the idea of preventing problems rather than fighting a losing battle? (ie. you put up a baby gate to keep the dogs out of the rats room) check! Got lots of love and affection for a dog that will take all the love and affection you can throw at it? check!

Our basset Cannoli has enriched our family in ways we couldn't possibly have anticipated. We all love her so much. Even when I'm chasing her around trying to get a shoe out of her mouth that she's managed to snag I can't help but laugh at her. The fact that I'm on this board says something, I have a chihuahua but I'm not on any chihuahua boards! We are basset people now =D
 

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Not all bassets are loud. Anabelle only barks at supper time or sometimes when we leave. We have been trying to get her to howl for weeks and she's not having it. She howls in her sleep so we know she's capable :p
 

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I'm 100% in agreeance with Kirska and LuciaB and you sound perfect to rehome a Basset and having rehomed several older Bassets myself, none of them have had any problems and settled quickly with our other Bassets and as you have other dogs too, you should hopefully have no problems either.

What I would suggest, is when you take your Basset home, have someone take your other dogs to meet your Basset in an area away from your house and garden, in case your present dogs are terratorial and then they could all be walked to your garden together.

I don't know if others on here would agree with meeting on neutral territory, but that's what I would do, not that Bassets would do anything other than welcome a new addition, but your other dogs aren't Bassets and your new dog would be entering their territory!!
 

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I haven't run into any health problems so far with my bassets, one is 5 and the other just 1 year. There ears need to be cleaned weekly though due to how long they are they pick up a lot of dirt! Since their front paws turn out that may cause issues when they are older with arthritis but I don't know many specifics regarding that.

Good Luck!!
 

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For the most part my two aren't territorial. I was thinking of introducing them at the beach a couple blocks from my house. (Soap Lake, supposedly "healing" waters, stinks to me but the dogs LOVE the smells)

Of course, first we have to get approved to adopt, and find OUR dog, and finish the few minor things we need to do to make the yard hound-safe. Adding a low fence along the bottom of the privacy fence so nobody can squeeze under (GingerSnap, you silly Dachsie, are you paying attention?), putting a better latch on the gate so it can't just be flipped with a nose (Sport, that's you...you may not go visit the landlady's dog even if she IS cute and flirting with you!). Right now I take them out on leashes except at playtime, and even then I supervise.

They just came in from a great run outside and this time GingerSnap didn't even look along the fenceline, she was too busy running laps excitedly showing off her new Halloween dress. Sport won't play with her, makes her very sad. (and me...I remember when he could play for hours and didn't forget he was eating in the middle of dinner)
 

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One thing I'm trying to learn is about the general health of Basset Hounds. I'm well aware that the long body/ short leg combo can lead to serious spine problems. That was one of the first things I read up on when I got my Dachshund.
Dachsies are exponential more prone to back problems than bassets the conserative estimate is 25% of all dachshund will have a IVD related problem in their life time. This is subtstantial higher than any other breed


Glaucoma is more prevelent in basset than other breeds along with luxating pettella ( slippe knee cap) seborrhea a skin condition in basset ussual the oily type ie oily skin and dandruff are general sure sig,0 They do seem to have a high percentage that suffer from allergies as well All long ear dogs need more tending to the ear to prevent infection.


Cameron (my boyfriend) and I decided we want a Basset because every one we've ever met has been a sweet, lovable dog
Keep in mind the biggest reason dog are reliquished is behavioral. So there is going to be a higher precentage of dogs with behavioral problem in rescue than the general population. That said with an adult dog you see is what you get. They are much easier and reliably evaluated than puppies in regard to temperament. Not as basset are as you describe above so perform due dilegence in temperment testing before choosing the individual dog.
 

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The rescue we're looking at has a pretty good record of matching people to dogs, from what I can find. (Washington Basset Rescue) The application has a lot of questions about approaches to training, behaviors, etc. One reason we want an adult rescue dog is so that any health or behavior issues are more likely to be known, so we can work with them instead of being surprised by them.

I wish I knew more about my Dachsie's lineage...would help a lot in knowing how much risk she's at for IVDD, but since I don't, I'm doing all I can to prevent it. Keeping her weight down (vets always comment she's the fittest Dachsie they've seen), keeping her muscles strong, TRYING to minimize jumping, which is nearly impossible when she thinks she can fly. Even if there's not that much risk with a Basset, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Luxating patella I'm familiar with. My Shepherd had surgery for that at 9 months old, wish now that I'd waited or gotten another opinion on his knees, as from then on the bones grew crooked so now he's bow-legged. :( Now he's got arthritis on top of that. (and actually, I have knee problems too...doesn't cause me too much trouble but ooooyyy does it hurt when it's rainy)

Allergies I can adjust to, I can buy a different food for the Basset if needed. There are a number of feed/pet supply stores in the area that carry specialty foods for food allergies. If skin treatments are needed I can handle that too. Ear cleaning I can handle. It's much easier with no long shaggy hairs blocking the ears like my brother's Rott/Golden mix has. (I took care of her while bro was in Iraq)

Heh...I balk at getting medical care for myself, but at the first little sniffle or whimper my dogs are at the vet. I'm sure I've put my vet's kid through college by now.
 

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You really sound likethe perfect Basset canidate. Love how you're doing research before hand....no suprises! Welcome to the board and hope when you finde "the one" you'll share pics/stories with us! When I adopted my first Basset, Lily, my hubby said "What do you want a stupid Basset for?!" Well, we are both now IN LOVE with the breed. We have 2 and honestly I don't think I'll ever have another kind of dog (possibly another hound breed, but really love my Bassets)!

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Well, we have to finish fixing the fence, and then we get to go meet some dogs and see which one clicks with us. We'll be getting a young male, as GingerSnap would probably not get along with a female. There are some adorable dogs available from this rescue, and while there are two that I love the look of, I'm not going to choose based on looks. We're looking for the RIGHT dog, not just the cutest dog, you know?

I'll probably post so many pictures when we get him that you'll all get sick of seeing my dogs! LOL

I'll be pulling out GingerSnap's old ramp and putting it along the couch, so my boy won't have to hop off and risk hurting his legs. Heh...GingerSnap might even start using it again. Right now she thinks she can fly though I don't want her to jump at all. My dad built the ramp without me asking, even as he was calling GingerSnap a "rat" and a "little weasel" and going on about not liking little dogs. Yeah, that explains why he went and built a big, sturdy ramp that can support 150 pounds, carpeted for traction, with a storage box inside, and made it look great too, without being asked. LOL
 
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