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is it possable for a pure breed basset to get this big. and yes i know he is purebreed. i have read something about throwbacks so is this a genitic possibility. IMG951483.jpg
 

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I love his face--he's a very handsome hound!

I don't know enough about genetics to answer your question, but I'm sure someone else will soon.
 

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ive seen 16" + bassets but the above is not likly genetically unless the is somethig else going on though early nuetering would cause some on the order of 1/4 to half an inch but irregular petuatary hormones like growth hormone could have that effect on an otherwise genetically correct dog.

i know he is purebreed
do you have result from DNA test of both assumed parents and the dog itself absent than there is no way to be 100% CERTAIN of the dogs lineage. Multiple sires in a litter is certainly
not unheard of.


there are other fairly serious conformation faults other than height that makes it a very likely candidate to be a mixed breed the head shape is more in keeping with a coonhound. rather than a basset. The limb especial the front do not have the requiste crookedness the feet apear to realively in purportion to the dog under size etc
 

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Considering This is his sister from the same litter

Sister from the same litter. Non of the other pups from the litter had the stilty legs. All very much Basset Hounds. Very short and low to the ground.
 

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the dams and sire where kept in a pen seperated from other dogs, and all other pups look just right, like a basset should.
 

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I would be tempted to have a blood test. I suppose that would be to expensive, would be interesting since you have access to mother father and litter mates.

Very interesting.
 

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the dams and sire where kept in a pen seperated from other dogs, and all other pups look just right, like a basset should.
Unless someone was with them 24/7 anything is possible. Especially if a long legged handsome strange came by......was the pen chain link by chance?
 

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Why does my Basset Hound have extra long legs? - Yahoo! UK & Ireland Answers

Genetics is a funny thing. I had a litter once that contained a pup who right from birth was obviously long legged for a basset. This from my champion girl and one of the all-tile top sires in the breed. Unfortunately I never saw how he turned out as he went to the co-breeder (there were only three pups and they were entitled to the second and third as stud fee) and they sold him to a pet home. But at 10 weeks he was obviously very tall.

I wouldn't expect a throwback to "normal" legs to have the crook expected of a basset. When I've seen it go the other way (dwarfism in normally long legged breeds) they *do* have the required crook, suggesting it normally goes with the dwarfism. If the "throwback" is that tall then it is probably no longer a dwarf so would be expected to have a more "normal" leg and shoulder assembly.
 

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I would think just by looking at the basset, it would be some sort of basset/beagle crossbreed. Mabey you should get a blood test and see, but then again if the rest of the litter is normal then it might just be a genetic mutation or something.
 

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I'd suggest he is a throwback. It happens. I'd love to see his pedigree :)
We bred a litter out in Canada, but from our English imports, and when one of them came back to visit, I was quite honestly horrified to see what length of leg she had - not anything like as tall as the one in this picture however!! Unfortunately her owners were not convinced she was purebred either, but she most definitely was, and from well-known lines in the UK at that!! We kept a sister, who was rather on the leg, until she 'dropped' on maturity. None of the others in the litter, and we did keep in touch, showed any abnormal leg length.

Interesting.

ps We later bred the same sire to a daughter of the dam of that litter - all were perfectly normal, and we never had this in any of our later matings, which all went back to these two hounds.
 

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I would think just by looking at the basset, it would be some sort of basset/beagle crossbreed. Mabey you should get a blood test and see, but then again if the rest of the litter is normal then it might just be a genetic mutation or something.

I think he's taller than a beagle though, my basset x beagle inherited the dwarf gene, a beagle friend of hers is still only slightly taller. I was thinking more foxhound height, and think it has a very foxhoundy face too, I don't know how leggy harrier hounds are? If it's a genetic throwback I would imagine it's a pretty rare occurance.

He's a gorgeous looking dog though.
 

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Agree Fm - Treeing Walker is one of my favourites of the American Coon Hounds. But the head is so big and the ears are so long.I think he might well be a throwback. It was only a little over a hundred years ago that Millais crossed out with Bloodhounds and really not sure but Mrs. Keevil crossed out with some longer legged French Hounds after WW2. I just wonder... He is super gorgeous!
 
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