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'Somebody' is wrong in that the original 'Hush Puppy' (shoes) was indeed a Basset (with a shocking front!!). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hush_Puppies (photo top right).

Further I see no Cocker Spaniel in him although there are a number of breeders (in the UK?) who are producing a Basset-Cocker mix, SADLY. To be honest, I see more Basset-Dachshund in your dog although it's interesting to me, that when the Basset is involved in mix-breeding, the result tends to almost always favour the Basset (especially ear and back length and lowness to the ground!). So it could be there's something like Labrador in that dog (otter-like tail and colour).

As for what food, that would depend on where you are and what he's been eating up to now. If you switch without doing it gradually, over at least a week of mixing the new with the old, you will upset his digestive system. I'd certainly avoid anything that's cereal-based, picking something that lists meat, or fish, as the first ingredient. And avoid anything that's high in protein. The Basset is a breed prone to GDV (Bloat with torsion) so you'd do best to feed two smaller meals a day, and not to feed after exercise immdiately, or exercise for about 2 hours after eating.

ps I have to say I have seen far worse fronts on a purebred Basset!!! Nice. Keep his nails clipped back.
 

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"Hush Basset" is the marketing term bad breeders give to cocker/basset crosses to make them sell better. Hard to tell from that angle, he could be a beagle mix. Could be a Basset Hound, just not to standard.

When "someone said" a dog is of a particular breed or mix, most of the time "someone" has no clue what they are talking about unless they are actively involved in purebred dogs. And even then a lot of the time they don't :D

The best food is what works for your dog.
 

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" I'd certainly avoid anything that's cereal-based, picking something that lists meat, or fish, as the first ingredient. And avoid anything that's high in protein. "


can't have low protein food that is not High in carbs. Whether the carbs come from grains or pototoes,legume, tapioca etc make little difference. There is a reason carbs are not listed on the analysis on a bag of dog food it is because dogs do not need carbs.

Totally disagree on a low protein food. In an active dog higher protein level have demonstrated to reduce soft tissue injuries and there is no know harm from a high protein diet, except in late stage renal failure.


When it comes to food it is a very individualistic thing what works for one dog often does not work for another. If you like the result you are getting with the current food no need to change if not try something else there is no magic bullet.
 

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ps I have to say I have seen far worse fronts on a purebred Basset!!! Nice. Keep his nails clipped back.[/QUOTE]

LOL can't imagine who you might be referring too :(, agree also Hush puppies from a certain shoe company have appalling fronts & legs but sadly what many believe to be a 'good' example. I've also seen dogs in Charity listings & rescues listed as Bassets, that bear no resemblance to the breed.
As to food, it's a personal thing, used to feed commercial kibble & now raw feed & it would always be my preference. You'll never if rarely find agreement, with links & supposed research studies backing up their point of view. Do a little research, become interested in what you're feeding your dog & what's in commercial food, personally like to feed a varied diet which has certainly benefited our dogs past & present.
Some of us like oven chips, others microwave chips, we make our own, everyone is different!
 

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Hi thank you everyone he is a Stubbon little bugger at times but he is great with my kids but does smell I've bathed him but he still smells


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Hi thank you everyone he is a Stubbon little bugger at times but he is great with my kids but does smell I've bathed him but he still smells
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Bassets can & do smell but shouldn't be too strong.
Stubborn, only as stubborn as their family, learn to think laterally & from experience, kindness & continuity get you much further than backing them into a corner.
Good Luck. Bassets have the memory of an Elephant & never forget but make the best of best companions.
 

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" but does smell I've bathed him but he still smells "


There are multiple areas beside the skin that can produce odor

1. ears / ear infections

2.mouth paradontial disease

3. mouth lip fold pyderma

4. anal glands


All Scent hounds have a distinct odor but it should not be obnoxious or pungent. Yeast infections smell like racid oil AKA frito corn chips. Bacteria infections ten to smell like dead fish. Anal gland are an odor all there own but tend more to the fish.

If it is the skin itself that smell you probably have a skin infection which can be caused by allergies, seborrhea, moisture in skin folds, etc. The most common skin infection in a basset are yeast/fungi. I always recommend consulting with a dermatologist when dealing with skin infections you save money in the long run because general practice vets are not very good at getting to the actual cause and only treat symptoms so the problem keeps coming back.

Using medicated shampoos for the actual type of infection. vinegar rinse, Listerine as between bath wipe can all help in treating and reducing odor.
 

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Thanks like I said he was a rescue dog so don't know his background much but he is very loving loyal and settling in nicely likes to chew stuff but is slowly getting out of that I hope


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" I'd certainly avoid anything that's cereal-based, picking something that lists meat, or fish, as the first ingredient. And avoid anything that's high in protein. "

Totally disagree on a low protein food. In an active dog higher protein level have demonstrated to reduce soft tissue injuries and there is no know harm from a high protein diet, except in late stage renal failure.
:mad::mad::mad::mad: As I typed my comment quoted here, I KNEW I'd be seeing some comment like this. You are nothing if not predictable.... I'm sorry Mikey but I have seen FIRST HAND the result of a puppy being reared on a product with 32% protein (and of course, accompanying high levels of other ingredients). With the Basset, something providing around 26% protein max. is quite high enough and I don't feed anything as high as that even, with adults. And I have produced generations of Bassets on a food that's low-ish in protein etc., and NOT CEREAL BASED, with NO 'soft tissue injuries' and certainly not anything like what I'm seeing in my buy-in boy.

OP, it's up to you. Find something that suits, and stick to it - more problems can occur when you chop and change the diet, than much else.

As for smell - looking at your dog with his 'dry' head and overall lack of wrinkle, I'd suggest what you are smelling hasn't anything to do with the often-seen yeast infection in the Basset. Bassets can have a 'traditional' houndy smell however which for some, is noticable. Don't bath him too often - you could make a bad situation worse. And do check teeth, ears, and anal glands - the common source of nasty niffs. Other than rolling in stuff :D

ps From my experience as a Home Visitor, with Rescues, they tend to know they've been given a second chance, and can be loving, loyal dogs (and cats). I'm loving the trusting expression your boy has.
 

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Thank you I've got him booked in at the vets for a check over and register just won't to do right by him he s had a shit life so far


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"(and of course, accompanying high levels of other ingredients)"

as studies have shown It is overfeed that is a problem not a particular ingredient. as noted before you also do not feel a need to keep puppies thin so keep blaming phantom ingredients and not overfeeding. That said we are not talking high growth puppy here 0-6 or 7 months of age so diet plays a diminished roll in any orthopedic issues,



http://www.lgd.org/library/Optimal%20feeding%20of%20large%20breed%20puppies.pdf"The same group went on to
investigate the individual dietary components and demonstrated that dietary
protein level had no effect on the development of osteochondrosis (Nap, et. al,
1991). For some reason, dietary protein level continues to be incriminated by
some owners, breeders, and veterinarians, despite the lack of supportive
evidence.
In contrast to protein, excessive calories and inappropriate amounts of
calcium have both been shown to negatively influence optimal skeletal
development in puppies. While overnutrition in adult dogs leads to obesity and
can lead to serious health problems such as cardiorespiratory disease, we
recognize other problems in puppies that result from the same practice of
overfeeding. It is necessary to feed the puppy enough to allow for controlled
growth, but it is equally important to avoid overfeeding. Many people believe that
a round puppy is a happy healthy puppy. However, maximal growth is not
optimal growth. Adult size is principally influenced by genetics; however, the time
to reach adult size can and should be controlled by proper nutrition. Excess
calories can predispose large breed puppies to developmental bone disease,
including hypertrophic osteodystrophy (Dammrich, 1991).
While any food has the potential to cause problems with skeletal
development if overfed or supplemented, maximal growth in puppies is
commonly occurs with feeding a highly palatable, high energy density growth
diet. These types of diets are often overeaten if fed on a free choice basis, or
simply too much is fed on a meal basis. There is currently no perfect formula to
guarantee an optimal rate of growth for an individual puppy. It is especially
important to avoid overnutrition during periods of the most rapid growth, which
will vary with breed and between individuals. Breed and individual differences,
environmental factors such as climate, and activity level will all affect the amount
of food required. Obviously, palpable body fat is not specific enough to be a
guideline for optimal nutrition. Provide an amount of food that will maintain lean
body condition throughout growth. This will allow for a slow growth rate, but won’t
affect the final adult size. The goal is to keep growing puppies lean at about a
body condition score of around 4 on a scale of 1-9 (a score of 1 is emaciated and
9 is grossly obese)"

Feeding Large Breed Puppies - IVC Journal
"The most important factors in preventing developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) are rate of growth (which is proportional to the caloric intake) and dietary calcium level.

A common misconception found in many internet articles is the claim that dietary protein should be controlled in large breed puppies to prevent skeletal abnormalities. This theory was disproved some years ago (Nap, 1991). Most commercial puppy foods contain more protein than is thought necessary, but studies have shown that protein contents of 23% to 31% (dry matter) do not have a deleterious effect on growth. The effects of high dietary protein contents in the range of those found in raw diets have not been investigated, to this author’s knowledge

...Body condition score

The body condition score (BCS) is an estimation of the body fat content. I recommend the 9-point scale, which is better validated (and in use anyway if one allows “half scores” in the 5-point system). All pet owners should learn how to perform a body condition score for their animals. Training your veterinary support staff to teach clients, having charts and pictures as well as making your own videos can lower the overall obesity level in your patients. Since this is such an important issue, you may also want a bulletin board for photos of your patients’ progress.

In puppies, the BCS should be monitored weekly, since the calorie requirement constantly increases to six to 12 months of age (depending on the breed). Maintain a body condition score of 4/9 in large breed, rapidly growing puppies. Remind clients to ignore the feeding quantities listed on commercial bags and to follow recommended amounts for a fresh food diet.

...Most nutritionists recommend that large, fast growing puppies eat diets containing at least 30% protein and 9% fat (dry matter basis). The calcium content should be around 1.5% (or 3 grams/1,000 kcal). Diets may have nutrient contents that vary from this guideline and still be appropriate, but you can’t know for sure without in-depth analysis. A very popular raw diet for dogs, carrying the AAFCO statement “formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages” supplies too much calcium for large breed puppies. The calcium content on an as fed basis is 0.56% and the phosphorus content is 0.38%, which conform to AAFCO recommendations for growth. By converting the calcium and phosphorus concentrations to dry matter levels, and correcting for energy density, the calcium content of this diet is 7.5 grams/1,000 kcal. So if a large breed puppy is getting the expected caloric intake, he is eating too much calcium. In another example, a major OTC adult maintenance dry diet contains 22% protein, 1.1% calcium and 0.8% phosphorus as fed. After converting to dry matter content and correcting for energy, the protein content is 24% or 69 grams/1,000 kcal, and the calcium is 3.5 grams/1,000 kcal. The calcium content is correct, and the protein content is adequate but a little marginal for growth. "
 

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Final word.........

Not having waded through all the latest verbal, one thing I did pick out (hardly to be missed in red) was the fact that I have never regarded the Basset as a 'fast growing Breed'. My bloodline certainly wasn't and I believe mine ended up as sound adults, having got there by growing at a sensible rate, with a sensible diet. It could be frustrating not to have a 'flyer' in terms of going into the ring at 6 months but at least mine went into the ring, when ready, and didn't have to be pulled by 12 months because they suddenly went lame!!!

And that, my friend, is why I've recently tended not to reply to as many questions on this website as I might have done in the past. I can't be bothered to talk to a brick wall. Rarely have my comments not be met with a huge amount of copy/pasted comments back. And this isn't for the sake of discussion - it appears more to be trying to be one-up on what I say, which comes from EXPERIENCE. Not necessarily from text-books.

I hope I have been able to offer some help to those who ask, where needed, but not for any longer. :(
 
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