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Hi,glad you are here. First,any breed of dog should not be bred before the bitch's third heat cycle. Sometimes the dogs need help to breed. Second,are you breeding to make money off the puppies? If so then please don't breed. Third,are you breeding to improve the breed? Since you are not sure of what you are doing that is a stupid question. You need to investagate your dogs background,do you have a pedigree,do you know the AKC Standard for the Basset Hound. Can you look at each of your puppies and know what their faults are,in other words,where are they not like the standard. Example: Can you wrap the ears around the end of their noses. If not the ears are too short and that is a fault. When looking at them head on,are the ears attatched to the head at eye level(a short ear) or do the ears look like they are attatched on the neck(proper ear set). Ok,so you aren't into showing,you should still breed to the standard to have bassets that acutally look like bassets. Once you have puppies are you prepared to miss at least two weeks work,if you have a job outside the home. The puppies and dam cannot be left alone,you will need to sleep by them at least the first 3 days,preferably a week. Although the mom does most of the work,you will need to check puppies daily to be sure none are sick. Once the puppies are three weeks old you need a bigger pen,they still drink from mom but can be started on gruel. From now on you will go through about 3 times the amount of dog food, feeding puppies 3 times a day. At 8 weeks,puppies can go to new homes ,not before,up to this point you have been changing papers three times daily,feeding three times daily,taking puppies for shots and first wormings. You will never make enough on a litter of puppies to compensate for all the time you have put into them. Will you keep records so you can stay in touch with puppy owners. What if one person calls you to take a puppy back,can you,will you. What if all the puppies don't go to new homes and you have 2-3 at 12 weeks of age?Do you have room to hold on to them for however long it takes and continue to get their puppy vaccinations? These are just a few of the many questions you need to ask yourself before taking on a litter of puppies. One not so pleasent question is how will you handle it if the mom dies during or after delivery. 6 to 10 orphan puppies need to be fed,you need to help make them potty,keep them warm enough,or possibly loose the whole litter as well. This is why people here may sound a little pithy about breeding. Some of us have been there and had all these things happen,so please think twice about doing this.
 
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