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Hi iv'e recently bought a basset but im a little concerned as she is just six weeks old and one of her eyes is still blue can you help??
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First of all, six weeks is quite young to be taken from it's mother.If you are concerned about the eye take her to be seen by your vet . It could be blind in that eye,maybe genitics are involved ,hard to tell.
It is unlikely the eye color will change. Blue is actual from a lack of pigment in the iris. rarely do the genetic invovled effect other eye development. but in any case it is not a desired trait in basset an generally genetic in nature vs congenital ie occuring at birth but not genetically caused.][/B]Heterochromia: Eyes of Different Colors in Dogs

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Two Different Colored Eyes Condition
was wondering about folks selling a six week old pup. that is young young young.

eight weeks... iffy
ten weeks...better
That's funny, not knowing any better we brought Princess Buttercup home at six weeks. I kept telling people she seemed too young to be away from her mama. Kind of confirms my suspicions about the breeder we got her from.
We brought Gracie home at 6 weeks.(that was just a couple weeks ago, she's 9 weeks now)
I think she was a little young to be away from her mama too. I'm really glad that I'm at home with her. When we first brought her home she wanted to be near me ALL the time. would cry if she was away from me. She's getting better now. She has started to roam. She will play in another room now. Either by herself or with the kids.

I've read that it's better to keep them for longer. But the breeders in my area all let them go at 6 weeks. I remember getting my lab at 6 weeks and she seemed fine. Gracie though, I could tell she wasnt ready.
Speaking of eye color-Flash is 7 weeks old (I know! too young!)-two of his littermates were a pretty, light colored tan I guess you would say? Anyway, I noticed yesterday that the female light puppy had green eyes-is that normal? I guess I just assumed all bassets had brown eyes. We almost picked the light colored male originally but flash was the right combo of playful and calm for me at the time :)
eight weeks... iffy
ten weeks...better
16... was pretty good, too....

i learned about Worm when he was 10 weeks, and put a deposit soon after, but did not pick him up until 16 weeks. Partly because i couldn't spend a lot of time w/him until then, but also because i wanted him to be able to hold his bladder better, since we are in apartment. so he stayed w/puppies left from his litter and 3 other litters and mamas (~12-16 doggies together 24/7), which did seem to help. we have not had major housebreaking issues (seems like his "pack" had already trained him to go potty away from sleeping place down the driveway). also, he is super social. well, that is one reason we have kept him around other doggies a lot, since he has been used to being around lots of other dogs and seems to like it...

downside is we did miss the super cute puppy phase, which y'all have now! he was already 20 lbs by the time we got him.
eight weeks... iffy
ten weeks...better
It not that cut and dry the major organization involved in service dogs removes them from the litter at 6 weeks because they have the best result in future success at that age. IF comes done to who will do a better job of socializing and habituating the dog the breeder or owner If I were a reputable breeder and taking on responsibility for every dog in the litter for life I would agree with the statement. But as a purchase of a dog with a specifice purpose in mind earlier in the 7- 8 week range is better as the dog tend to bond more strongly with humans at that age an I can but in the socialization and habituation in place to deal with what the dog will be facing as an adult living with me which a breeder simply can't do.

see Puppy Socialisation and Habituation (Part 1) Why is it Necessary?
What practical applications do we have that bear out the research? Guide Dogs for the Blind, who, until 1956, used to rely on the donation of adult dogs which they took on approval to maintain their training stock. The success rate of these dogs fluctuated between 9 and 11 percent
... Derek had a strong belief in Scott and Fuller’s work and importance of early socialisation and habituation in the production of dogs that were best able to survive and perform in the world at large.
Derek found that six weeks was the best time to place puppies in private homes; any later critically reduced the time left before the puppies reached twelve weeks; but if puppies were removed from their dam and litter mates before six weeks they missed the opportunity to be properly socialised with their own kind, which resulted in inept interactions with other dogs in later life. The training success rate soared because of this policy, which was carried out in conjunction with the management of the gene pool via the breeding scheme Derek also pioneered. Annual success rates in excess of 75 percent became common. You might think that this is a special scheme for dogs with a special function. In fact, what the scheme provides is adult dogs with sound temperaments. These dogs coincidentally make the best material for guide dog training which does not start until they have been assessed at ten months or older. As a result of the breeding scheme, Derek Freeman also proved, if proof was needed, that you cannot dismiss the importance of genetic predisposition, i.e. the basic material required for good temperament can be produced through good breeding. Conversely, a lack of habituation/socialisation can ruin the chance of an individual developing a sound temperament, however good the genealogy.
light colored tan I guess you would say?
Lemon is the term generally used but where red end and lemon begins in the eye of the beholder.

I noticed yesterday that the female light puppy had green eyes-is that normal?
Not sure what you mean by normal, it is likely the eye functions normally dark brown eyes are desired in the breed but lighter brown eye are acceptable if in keeping with the lightness of the dog. So light brown eye on a mostly black dog would be a fault but not on alemon and white., THis is similar to nose color. Green or blue eyes would be a serious fault.
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