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My family is looking for a Basset puppy to add to our family. Our beloved Bassett of ten years recently passed. We rescued her, but she was full of health problems. This time, we'd like to buy a dog from a good breeder, preferably one who genetically screens. Our Basset will be a companion dog, so she doesn't have to be perfect for show standards. Price is no option. We are willing to travel to meet the breeder and again to pick up the puppy.

Please let me know if you know of anyone with puppies available this spring. We'd prefer a female, red and white or tricolor.
 

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This time, we'd like to buy a dog from a good breeder, preferably one who genetically screens
FWIW there is currently only one genetic test for basset hounds for what appears to be a rather obscure/rare bleeding disorder that occurs only in the breed. All other breeding discsion to minimize genetic issues must be done by pedigree analyisis i.e. know problems that occur in particular lines and by breadth of knowledge of the line what problems have occured in offspring of related dogs etc.


There are also sever limits on the reliability of certain test like cerf and ofa for making breeding decisions as well. The reliability of a Gonscopy as a diagnostic tool for glaucoma is in severe question with many learned experts saying it is totally useless. The ability for ofa to affect hips ect has been highly mixed as it appears there are many factors involved other than simply genetics and genetics in some breeds is a realitive small factor.
 

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We are in Chicago and haven't had much luck finding a local breeder. I didn't get a response from Topsfield. The basset hound club of america list is hit or miss. Seems like a lot of the listed folks are no longer breeding.

Does anyone know anything about longearedhounds.
 

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Just by the name I'd say avoid, but I'll check out their site if they have one.
 

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The only one I know of who has any puppies right now would be Olde Fashion Bassets out of West Bend, WI. I don't know if she has any still available though as I know she was flooded with requests. She may know of someone in your area though who may have puppies available.

www.oldefashion.com
 

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Soundtrack,

The url is www.longearedhounds.com. I'd appreciate it if you would take a look. She's sent me a couple of photos of the puppies and is happy to have me come and visit, but it is really hard to tell whether she's reputable.

Many thanks.

Dana
 

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Hmm... would I go with them, No. There dogs do at least appear to be dogs that look relatively close to the standard at least which is more than I can say for some of the websites people have posted here. The thing I always look for in a breeder's website though is if they mention any testing they do on their dogs and I want to see pedigrees listed as well. There is no reason to hide the pedigree. I want to see some sort of titles in the lineage of the pedigree, preferrably from both parents at least and if not then I want to see quite a few titles in the previous generations. Just my opinion but I wouldn't go for them, I'd keep looking. I know it's hard in this day and age of "I want it now" but you really will be much happier finding a good and reputable breeder and waiting for a puppy from them rather than just jumping in cause someone, anyone has puppies ready for sale now. Trust me on that one... I've gone that route before and paid dearly (in the pocketbook and the heartstrings) for it in the end and lost her at 3 1/2.
 

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I can parrot what Smitte says to a "T", even the same age!

This time we began a search and got extremely lucky. As in, `someone was REALLY looking out for us` lucky. We anticipated a wait, and were prepared to wait for exactly what we wanted. It turned out to be a complete fluke that we didn't have to wait. You should decide what exactly you want. Colors, sex, bloodlines, appearance, price and distance and go for just what you want. :)
 

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I just heard from Jane and she had a few of her buyers back out so I know for sure she has a few boys available at the moment but I'm not sure about the girls. They would all be tricolor as both parents are black tris. Fabulous breeding though and both parents are spectacular specimens... these puppies are actually very closely related to my puppies I had as the mother of the litter is the littermate of the stud we used and the father (sire of the litter) is my girl's father. Therefore they are very close genetically and I honestly can tell you this is one of the nicest matches I could have hoped for. Our girl is naughty as heck mind you but all three of our puppies are as dynamic as we could have ever hoped for and two of the three will likely end up in the ring.
 

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We've always had female dogs, so we're pretty attached to the idea of a female. Olde Fashion's dogs are beautiful and we've asked them to let us know if a female becomes available.

Our Loopy also had significant health problems, though she was the love of my life. We had years of emergency vet visits, specialists, therapy and very expensive medicine. Our family just can't go through that again. We want to take the repsonsible road and go through a responsible breeder, but it is difficult to tell who is responsible and not. And, this after years if going to the Chicago dog show, being on the Drool, and attending Waddles. I never thought this would be this difficult.

Soundtrack, Thank you for the advice. About 10 years ago, you gave me lots of great advice when I was being trained by Loopy as a puppy (my first basset). As always, it is much appreciated.

Dana
 

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Yes it seems everyone always wants the girls and I can understand as I know I do love my girls too but I can tell you there is one stand out boy of that litter who is still available from what I just saw. Smiley is one of the nicest and most outgoing of the puppies of that litter and he's still available. I'd say if you ever would consider a boy it should be that one. Now that aside I know she did also just breed one other female to Jimmie the stud we used and those should be some really nice puppies as well so perhaps if you don't find a suitable puppy in the meantime there may be a nice girl in that litter for you. I believe she was bred a few weeks ago so should be due in about a month and a half or so and beleive me that time goes by way too fast.
 

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Only buy a puppy from a breeder that's a member of The Basset Hound Club of America. If they're not a member, they're only in it for the $ and don't care about improving the breed. Take care, Belinda.
 

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I'm new here but I'm just jumping in here.There are some puppies in West Virginia the father is from the Czech Republic (I just love the Euros) I have looked into his background he has champions in it.There are not good pics of mother or father but I have seen a pic of a full brother of the father and he is to die for.Also there are some pics of the pups from last year I like them.Not that I am an expert.Here is the sight. berryhillbassets.com (I don't know how to put it in so you can click on it)Maybe some one here knows more about her.

Also hi Tracy it's me Shannon.I also love Olde Fashion Bassets and go there allot.The best sight I have found so far.
 

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Thanks Tracy glad to be here.
Also I forgot to mention that I to want to have my next basset come from a responsible breeder.And have quality parents.I only have one basset left and she is a rescue from the local shelter that I help with.She is the most expensive dog I have so far.(I also have 2 other breeds)and I to would like to get away from all the vet bills.
I also forgot to say that the male from Berry Hill Bassets has Olde Fashion dog in his pedigree.
 

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I would be leery of the longearedbassets. Nowhere in their site do I see anything about health guarentees or returns should something happen. I am not a breeder, but from talking to them it seems tht 8 weeks old is still a bit young to have the pup leave his/her mom, even though it's legal.

I hope you find a good breeder and the puppy of your dreams. But please be careful - too many people buy dogs and have horrendous problems with them.
 

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My family is looking for a Basset puppy to add to our family. Our beloved Bassett of ten years recently passed. We rescued her, but she was full of health problems. This time, we'd like to buy a dog from a good breeder, preferably one who genetically screens. Our Basset will be a companion dog, so she doesn't have to be perfect for show standards. Price is no option. We are willing to travel to meet the breeder and again to pick up the puppy.

Please let me know if you know of anyone with puppies available this spring. We'd prefer a female, red and white or tricolor.
Did you find a basset puppy yet
 
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