I would microchip sooner rather than later. Keep an eye out for fundraisers for local shelters like your SPCA as they sometimes will do low-cost microchipping. It will be a heck of a lot cheaper than doing it at your vet. I'm pretty sure it only costs a shelter about $8-$12 per microchip so they will probably charge you only about $20. They also might have a certain day every week or month they do it.Is it true that over feeding them will make them grow to fast and cause bone problems?
I definitely plan on neutering (and microchipping) when do you all think is the best age?
I am not sure about online resources or basset specific resources for information, but I would recommend that anyone interested in learning how their dog thinks read Cesar's Way.