Hi there...I am new here and I’m so sorry for my first post to be this lengthy, but I truly need some advice because I am worried about our new puppy. We just brought home our new basset puppy 3 days ago. Some backround on us... I researched this breed and reputable breeders for a year before deciding on this particular breeder and puppy. I used to show our standard LH Dachshund and after he passed last year, we decided it would be too painful to get another, but felt the basset hounds temperament was very much the same as our sweet boy, who was very laid back and easy going. I decided to find a basset show breeder to make sure we would be getting a puppy from a good blood line that has had all of the genetic testing done etc and I just wanted a really good quality puppy that I could be certain was healthy, even though I have no intentions of showing him. I went straight to the top basset lines and found a breeder that is very well known in the show world and has beautiful bassets. The sire of this litter is in the top 5 currently, both parents are grand champions. I was super excited to have an opportunity to even get one of his puppies! The breeder showed us our 2 choices. She sent us pictures of the puppies stacked on the table and I fell in love! She wasn’t great about sending us many pictures, but the side profiles were gorgeous and I didn’t think to even ask for a head shot. So we decided we would make the 12 hr drive to get this puppy. Made all the preparations, so very excited. I kept asking the breeder for more pictures. We drove half way and got a hotel and the breeder finally sent me a couple of more pictures of our two choices the night before we were to pick him up. These were head shots. That’s when I noticed something about the puppies left eye, but hoped he possibly had his head turned a certain way or was looking off. When we got there to see the puppies, I saw something again with his left eye and asked the breeder about it. She said, “oh that’s nothing, that’s just a third eye, all dogs have them. I may have gotten shampoo in his eye and irritated it.” So I now know, after researching that the third eye will sometimes appear when there is an eye irritation. I again told her my concern about his eye, ready to walk even though we had driven all that way and she reassured me it would go away and it would be fine. So we took the puppy and I have been so disappointed and disheartened bc every time I look at him I am dissatisfied and upset about his eye. I am taking him to the vet this afternoon for his first puppy check and I am so very hopeful that this is simply an eye irritation. I know that the third eye should not be visible and covering part of the dogs eye when they are awake. I saw this in our dog mainly when he was sleeping at times. This is not the haw, which I understand is acceptable by the breed standard, this is a thin grey/white membrane that rises up and covers the bottom portion of his eye at times. His eye does not appear irritated or oozing anything. The puppy is absolutely gorgeous and very sweet and my husband and son love him already. I however am so disheartened that I did the responsible thing to make sure we got a healthy puppy with a wonderful blood line, and when I look at him and this white membrane rolls up on his eye and gives the appearance that his eye is everted, it disturbs me and upsets me. I am ashamed to say I am having a hard time accepting this puppy bc of this. Had I seen it in pictures, I would never have proceeded with the venture. I had many opportunities to get other puppies, from reputable show breeders, but held out for this one, bc I loved the look of this breeders dogs and they have an especially sweet temperament. I am trying to be optimistic because their were other puppies in the litter that had the same thing, but in both eyes. One she is holding back as a potential show dog. I keep telling myself if shes not concerned about it and is keeping puppies with this, and told me it would resolve and be fine, that it will be okay, but every time I look at him I’m saddened and upset that there is possible defect in his eye that is very visible. I don’t want to have a puppy that may require treatments for recurrent eye infections, have a prolapsed nictating membrane, or this turn into a cherry eye and require surgery. We were planning on taking out pet insurance on this puppy and now at this first visit this will be deemed a pre-existing condition. I know that I need to just relax and see what the vet says, but Its just upsetting that what should have been a very exciting moment and memory has caused me this kind of worry and concern. I shared pictures with another show breeder that has been showing 30 years and she said she hasnt seen anything like it before, but said hopefully its just an eye irritation. I will try and attach pictures once I can figure out how to do that and if you all have any advice I would greatly appreciate it.