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my family and i want a small dog to join the family. currently it is me, my wife, two children(10 & 7) and my senigal parrot. we are looking at a few different breeds and want to make the right choice. we dont want a dog that is known to be sickly or is known to have a lot of known health/injury problems. the wikipedia.org says they have some weight and back issues, anyone encounter this? lastly i am worried about my parrot. if i get one she would be a freshly weened pup, dunno if this would be a problem or not. let me know
 

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A Basset isn't for everyone. They are stubborn; independent; very intelligent; some drool alot; they shed, and shed, and shed; they are bred to hunt rabbits and are scent hounds and their nose often gets them into trouble; they are pack animals and "you" become their pack; they have long backs and you need to be careful because of that on stairs and jumping off furniture, etc.; you have to watch their weight, they are chow hounds and are food motivated; they are prone to ear infections, and you have to keep their ears clean; if you want a dog that is instantly obedient a Basset isn't for you; they are also hard to housetrain; have a deep resounding bark and melodious Aroooooo; and they are not a watch dog.

You stated you wanted a small dog. A Basset is not a small dog and is considered a "big" dog even though they have very short legs and are low to the ground. Many are 40 to 60 pound dogs at maturity and they are a powerful dog. As pups they are very active, need lots of exercise, their nose often gets them into trouble, and will eat anything, and as they mature (about two years of age) they do mellow out and become the couch potato that may people believe they are. Many end up in Shelters or Rescue because people can't handle these traits.

If you can handle all that, then you will be rewarded with a wonderful, loving companion, who will keep you laughing with their antics and clownish expressions. They are wonderful family dogs, love people, and children, and generally get along well with other pets and animals. We fell in love with the breed seven years ago when we aquired our first Basset.

One good book to read is "A New Owners Guide to Basset Hounds" that you can fine at PetCo, on the internet, etc. It has good overall info. Also look up the breed on the AKC site for the breed standard and info.
Do a lot of reading on this forum and ask lots of questions to make sure a Basset is for your family.

Good luck on the search for a companion for your family.

Arooooos from Bogie Carter!!
 

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Bassets are really big dogs on short little legs. Not all are healthy either. Ruby has been sick with one thing or another her entire life. Don't knof if it's because she was the runt of a litter of 10 or if that it was just ler lot in life.

Any dog with a parrot might be a problem tho.
 

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In our house, the parrot is head honcho! Charlie is a double yellow crowned Amazon that my step-son rescued, then my husband rescued from his son. At Charlie and Fred's (dog aggressive basset) first meeting Fred came running up the stairs and I thought he had the parrot in his mouth. Wrong. The parrot was hanging onto Fred's collar and pecking the heck out of Fred's nose. My husband says this might not be the case with a less aggressive parrot.

We open the top of Charlie's cage and he climbs all over inside and out of it but rarely flies. The hounds wait under the cage looking for seeds and peanuts.

Good luck,
Alice
 
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